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October 12, 2012

Tigers not finger-pointing with Alabama up next

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Opponents are averaging 22.8 points and 326.7 yards against Missouri, which ranks near the middle of the SEC in both categories. The defense has been vulnerable when overworked, allowing 110 points in the second and fourth quarters and just 27 in the first and third quarters.

This week the competition figures to be a lot stiffer. Offensive expectations can't be high considering Alabama is allowing just seven points per game and the defense will be facing a unit that's perfect 22 for 22 inside the 20, 16 of them touchdowns.

"We've got to have better continuity," Pinkel said. "I think maybe kids might press a little bit. I think that might happen. I think that's natural because they want to do well."

The bottom line: Right now, low-scoring games are probably Missouri's only chance at success.

"We've just got to work through it," Pinkel said. "I don't have anything magical here."

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