Stoops not buying reports of Missouri's demise

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Despite a 9-3 record for Missouri that has admittedly been a disappointment for Gary Pinkel and his Tigers, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said there isn't much difference between this Missouri team and the one that he beat twice last season.

"I don't equate things from year to year," Stoops said. "But looking at them offensively, it's uncanny how their numbers are nearly the same in every category. It's still a challenging, excellent team. I look at what they've done, appreciate their consistency and see a good football team."

Missouri's passing game is their most potent offensive weapon. Chase Daniel has led a Tigers attack that is fourth in passing and scoring and sixth overall in total offense nationally this season.

The Oklahoma coach sounded as concerned with checking Missouri tailback Derrick Washington, who has rushed for 963 yards and is tied for the conference lead in rushing touchdowns (17) with Oklahoma's Chris Brown.

The Tigers' rushing attack was compared to Texas Tech in its way to take advantage of a defense geared to stopping a passing attack.

"Those sneaky teams hurt you with the running game," Stoops said. "They've got a nearly 1,000-yard rusher, but he's not talked about a lot. They run the football really well."