Sportsbooks online doubts were large for the 2009 Missouri Tigers as they suffered many key losses on their roster for the 2009 offshore sportsbook season.
Sportsbooks online handicappers wrote Missouri off as a rebuilding offshore sportsbook commodity that would struggle to reach a bowl game. But that perception is quickly changing.
The Missouri Tigers have bolted out of the sportsbooks online gate with a record of 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the spread. The Tigers enter their Thursday night Big 12 North Division showdown against the Nebraska Cornhuskers ranked 24th in the nation. A big reason for the Tigers success has been sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who had to fill the very large shoes of record setting quarterback Chase Daniel. Daniel led Mizzou to back to back offshore sportsbook seasons in which they won the Big 12 North as he re-wrote the MU record book.
Gabbert leads the Big 12 in passing efficiency as has an eye popping 11/0 touchdown to interception ratio. Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel has always stressed elimination of mistakes saying, “Missouri is not on Missouri’s schedule” and Gabbert has lived up to those demands.
Gabbert and the Tigers held a lot of confidence heading into the 2009 sportsbooks online season and the quarterback claims to not be surprised at the great start. “I really never thought it wouldn’t be like this,” Gabbert said. “We haven’t done anything that I didn’t expect we would be able to do. All of us worked hard and prepared to get ready for the season. What we’ve done is a result of all of that.”
Gabbert is a far different quarterback than what sportsbooks online handicappers saw in Daniel. Gabbert is 6’5” and 240 pounds, which is far lager than Daniel. Gabbert is built like a NFL sportsbooks online quarterback and has the arm to be one.
Thursday’s sportsbooks online matchup with Nebraska will have its share of irony as Gabbert originally committed to the Huskers but backed out after coach then head coach Bill Callahan was fired. He then chose to stay in his home state and quarterback the Tigers.
Gabbert is coming off a stellar offshore sportsbook performance in Missouri’s last game, a 31-31 win and cover at Nevada in which the QB threw for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns.