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Missouri-Florida is the Tigers’ most important game since South Carolina

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Here’s to hoping this one (Saturday, 11 a.m. CT, ESPN2) goes better than that one. Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

A Corey Fatony, Award Candidate video? Oh hell yes.

Give him all of your awards. And hopefully don’t give him too much work on Saturday.

Okay, fine, if you want a “whole-team” hype video for a “really important game” on Saturday, I guess we can watch that, too.

This really is the biggest game since South Carolina tomorrow. If Mizzou wins, the Tigers’ odds of bowling will cross 50% for the first time since mid-September. After being 6% two weeks ago.

If the Tigers lose, hope is not lost ... but it’s mostly lost. And I honestly don’t have much of a feel for the game itself. No outcome — Mizzou blowout, Florida blowout — will surprise me all that much. Either one will be a “With hindsight, we should have seen that coming” thing.

We will explain away a Mizzou blowout win by talking about Missouri’s broken-out offense and Florida having packed it in for the season. We will explain a Florida blowout win by talking about how Mizzou’s success against Idaho and UConn was a mirage (just like Missouri State, just like Eastern Michigan last year, etc.) and how the interim coach situation gave Florida a bit of a dead cat bounce. We all have our own suspicions one way or the other, but either explanation will make plenty of sense after the game. It’s an odd place to be.

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