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Missouri football is popping up in the way-too-early 2019 preseason Top 25s

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Some major outlets have Missouri ranked to start the 2019 season.

Except The Athletic, where Missouri isn’t even among the unranked teams meriting consideration, and CBS Sports.

But onto the outlets that actually have Missouri ranked:

What they say:

Missouri might be ready to make another move in 2019, even without Lock, the SEC’s second all-time leading passer. Former Clemson starter Kelly Bryant, a graduate transfer, should be ready to step right under center next season. Three starting offensive linemen and three of the top four receivers are returning.

What they say:

Bryant, who is immediately eligible, will have three returning starters up front along with top running back Larry Rountree and a slew of experienced pass catchers, especially if tight end Albert Okwuegbunam decides to come back. The fact that Mizzou gets South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee at home could be the difference between an average season and a double-digit win season.

What they say:

Mizzou is deep at running back and features returning rusher Larry Rountree III, but competing in the SEC East will be challenging with Georgia and Florida restocking and reloading. With Bryant at the helm, a 10-win campaign is a possibility.

Unfortunately, despite the outlook on next year looking good, Missouri’s Liberty Bowl loss kept the Tigers out of the final AP Top 25 poll of the 2018 season.

2. We’ll always have the first ten minutes of Missouri basketball’s game against No. 3 Tennessee.

Missouri led by seven with 10:40 to go in the first half... and then Tennessee woke up and won, 87-63. The Tigers aren’t going to stand a chance against a top-five opponent — or any opponent with a pulse, really — when Jeremiah Tilmon plays just nine minutes because of foul trouble.

Here’s the full box from the game:

But, in good news, Andy Katz — now a correspondent for NCAA.com — has Missouri in his First Four in his latest March Madness bracket projection.

Of course, that was released before Missouri’s loss to Tennessee...

3. Max Scherzer to become fourth Missouri baseball player to have jersey retired.

Future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer will have his jersey retired on Jan. 18 during the team’s First Pitch Dinner.

Scherzer will join John ‘Hi’ Simmons, Gene McArtor and Phil Bradley as the only former baseball players to get their numbers retired by Missouri.

A fitting honor for Scherzer, who may likely go down as the greatest baseball player to ever come out of the program.

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More Links:

  • L’Damian Washington sighting! Missouri’s former playmaking receiver is catching passes on the Birmingham Iron of the AAF, which starts its first season this spring.
  • Missouri OF/1B Kameron Misner was named a second-team All-American by Perfect Games/Rawlings on Tuesday. If Misner can avoid an injury this year, he should put up some big numbers in his junior campaign.
  • Presented without comment, because I don’t know what this means:
  • Brian Edwards, South Carolina’s second-leading receiver in 2018, announced that he would be returning for 2019. And, he announced it in a very succinct way: