Miami (Ohio) isn't a big-name opponent, but it is a quality opponent that won 10 games a year ago.
The RedHawks were a solid starting point for Missouri, which won its season opener on Faurot Field, 17-6.
James Franklin's debut was the big draw, and while he wasn't brilliant, he showed promise and did enough for the Tigers to win.
He finished 17-of-26 for 129 yards and a touchdown, while also running for a team-high 72 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Miami's only score came on Franklin's worst play of the day, an ugly interception on the sideline that handed the ball over on the Tigers' 14-yard line.
He didn't look wholly confident, but he made plays. And most importantly, he got the win. He's got a defense behind him that will allow him to make mistakes like his interception today, but also, don't forget this: It was the first start of his career.
He'll improve. That's what college football players do.
He'll have to be better on Friday night when Missouri travels to play Arizona State, but for now, Missouri can consider his debut a success.
Two big things to watch, though: the health of starting defensive end Jacquies Smith and linebacker Will Ebner. Ebner reportedly has a high ankle sprain, which can linger for extended periods of time.
Smith appeared to suffer a serious arm injury, but no update on his status was provided after he was helped into the locker room.
It wasn't perfect. It was nowhere near pretty. But it's a win, and Gary Pinkel has produced a lot of those at Missouri of late.