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Missouri Tigers Have Played Second-Toughest Schedule In College Football In 2011 Season

Missouri's 5-5, but the Tigers' brutal schedule might explain some of that.

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The Missouri Tigers haven't had their best possible final season in the Big 12, and enter this weekend's game against Texas Tech with a 5-5 record. But that might be explained by the Tigers' arduous schedule: according to NCAA statistics, Mizzou has played the nation's second-toughest schedule so far, in terms of opponent winning percentage through games of November 12.

Only Kansas (.681) has a higher opponent winning percentage than Missouri (.671), and the Jayhawks have scored just two wins on the season; Missouri has five, including wins over ranked opponents Texas A&M and Texas.

The five teams that have dealt Mizzou losses are a combined 38-10, and four of those losses have come to opponents that were ranked at the time: the Tigers lost at No. 23 Arizona State, 37-30, in overtime, at No. 1 Oklahoma, 38-28, at No. 20 Kansas State, 24-17, at home against Oklahoma State, 45-24.

Fortunately for the Tigers, things are easier in their final two contests. Texas Tech has an identical 5-5 record, and has been shellacked in three straight outings since upsetting Oklahoma, while Kansas is widely regarded as one of the worst teams in a BCS automatic qualifier conference. And the Tigers play both teams at home.

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