It’s going to be quite a busy Sunday afternoon and evening in the Mizzou universe. For one thing, there’s at least an off chance that Barry Odom ends up with a commitment or two from Mizzou’s first full weekend of official visitors. And for another, by about 5:00 p.m. CT, we should know Missouri’s bowl destination.
Two topics for Sunday morning conversation, though:
1. The Texas Bowl is most likely at this point
I think Gabe’s got it well-summarized here:
#Mizzou bowl announcement at 5 pm today. If Auburn gets in the Peach Bowl, I think Tigers go to Texas (backup choice is Belk). If somehow Auburn gets left out of the New Year’s Six, Missouri will go to the Liberty Bowl.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 3, 2017
Strange things happen when it comes to bowl selections — Mizzou fans know that as well as anyone — but looking at bowl projections and the general logic behind them, I’m guessing Texas Bowl against a former Big 12 rival. Belk or Liberty would be more than fine, though.
Who might that Texas Bowl foe be, by the way? Texas seems likely, which is pretty delicious, but if you follow Gabe on Twitter, you found something else delicious a couple of days ago, too...
Hearing some chatter Texas is still trying to throw its weight around, raising objections to potential bowl matchup w/#Mizzou over Tigers leaving Big 12 five years ago. Had previously been reported UT didn’t want to play A&M in bowl. Eliminating 22% of SEC bowl eligible teams.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) November 30, 2017
I have no idea if this is even slightly true (Gabe tends to be well-sourced), but ... not playing Texas because Texas is still mad would be even more fun than playing Texas. Hope it’s true.
2. Mizzou Volleyball is in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year
Ten games into 2017, Mizzou Volleyball was 4-6. The Tigers took on a tough early schedule, didn’t have everybody healthy, and were struggling to find the right chemistry a year after winning the SEC.
Since then, Mizzou is 18-5. The Tigers shored things up when SEC play began, finished third behind two excellent teams, and put together one hell of a weekend in Wichita.
- First, they beat Kansas in a five-set thriller, 15-10 in the fifth.
- Then, they beat No. 16 seed Wichita State in four sets. Sydney Deeken and Kira Larson combined for 28 kills and 29 digs, and Mizzou won nearly every big point against a team that hadn’t dropped a set since October.
#NCAAVB pic.twitter.com/JLAtOPvVhf— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) December 3, 2017
HIGHLIGHTS l #Mizzou edges No. 19 Kansas in first round of NCAA Tournament— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) December 2, 2017
HIGHLIGHTS l #Mizzou earns its second-straight Top-25 victory of the weekend, clinching a spot in the Sweet 16 in back to back seasons!— Mizzou Volleyball (@MizzouVB) December 3, 2017
Next up for the Tigers: No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions dilly-dallied through two four-set victories this weekend, dropping sets to both Howard and Pitt before advancing. But they’re still phenomenal, and odds are pretty good that Mizzou’s season will shortly come to an end. Still, what a rebound for a retooled team this year. The Kreklows are amazing.