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Odds favor Missouri getting a Texas Bowl bid

Here are two Mizzou things for Sunday, December 3.

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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:

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...

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.

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.