And with that, it is officially 2013 in the Mizzou universe.
Driving the Jimmie Hunt bandwagon, calling Michael Sam underrated, and trying to figure out how exactly Mizzou won this game.
The Tennessee Volunteers are better than you probably think ... but they weren't last week. Can Mizzou give its bowl hopes a serious shot in the arm and all but finish off the Derek Dooley era in Knoxville?
There is still a pretty clear, definable goal left to play for in 2012, and Mizzou took Step No. 1 toward achieving that goal on Saturday.
With no Saturday opponent to preview, let's turn a wonky, stat-heavy gaze at the Missouri offense instead.
Mizzou's SEC initiation is complete. Now the second season begins. Hopefully the second season has a passing game that makes a little more sense.
It took some bad luck, some bad offense, and a couple of bombs to Chris Boyd for Mizzou to lose this game. But lose it, they did.
Mizzou should expect to beat Vanderbilt at home, but if the Tigers fall into too many passing downs and allow a big play or two, things could get incredibly dicey.
What mattered most in Mizzou's 21-16 win over UCF, and what the numbers can tell us about Mizzou moving forward.
To an extent, this game is weakness vs. strength and strength vs. weakness. Field position, passing downs and special teams could doom the Tigers, or trench warfare and a strong defensive line could move them to 3-2.
This will be an SEC™ football game, determined by defense, special teams and individual big plays. Mizzou's odds aren't fantastic, but again ... Carolina will make mistakes. They will leave the door ajar ... however slightly.
Mizzou beat a good team with a backup quarterback, a backup running back (technically, if we're still counting Henry Josey as the starter), three backup offensive linemen and a backup linebacker. No apologies.
There are plusses and minuses to the type of sellout (or near-sellout) crowd expected at Faurot Field tomorrow evening. In a game where the home team is either an underdog or a very, very close...
A couple of decimal points and two enormous plays by Jarvis Jones. That's pretty much the difference in the game.
Whoever wins first downs will probably win this game. That is quite often the case, but considering the relative defensive advantages both teams might possess on passing downs, this game could come down to who best stays on schedule.