Show-Me Five: Football Games to See in Missouri

The football season has begun for high schools and colleges, while the pros have a week off before they begin their 2014 campaigns. It’s a wonderful time of year.

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There’s hope for taking that next step (see Kansas City Chiefs), there’s sadness (you gotta feel sorry for St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford) and there’s reason for optimism (ready to do it again, Mizzou?).

No matter which team/teams you root for, one of the ways to show support is screaming your lungs out at home games. Here are five to get geeked out about … and to get tickets for.

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  • Sept. 21: The Rams host the Dallas Cowboys at noon. While the Rams’ hopes for a playoff run seem slim – not solely because of the injury to Bradford, but because Seattle and San Francisco are in their division – it’s always nice to see the Cowboys lose.
  • Oct. 11: The Tigers host the Georgia Bulldogs (time, TBA). The Bulldogs are a top 15 team in preseason polls. But remember, they lost a bowl game at the end of last season and have a knack for not living up to expectations. This game could go a long way in determining who plays in the SEC title game.
  • Oct. 26: The Rams and the Chiefs play for the Governor’s Cup at noon at Arrowhead. If you had to make a pick today, the smart money would be on the Chiefs to win this one. It’s probably safe to say that’s where the smart money will be on Oct. 26, too.
  • Nov. 16: The Chiefs host defending Super Bowl champion Seattle at noon. Seattle players are used to the noise in their home facility – but Arrowhead knows how to get loud. And the smell of delicious barbecue is a distraction no one can overcome.
  • Nov. 30: Kansas City. Denver. Enough said. Arrowhead will be rocking during this primetime matchup (7:30 p.m. start).

While the Chiefs and Tigers seem poised to bring their fans great joy this year, Rams fans can take solace knowing the last time a promising quarterback got injured in the pre-season and missed the whole regular season, it worked out pretty well (see 1999 Rams).

See, there’s always reason for optimism.

Happy football, everyone.

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