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Victory Monday of a different stripe!

Happy victory Monday, Tiger fans!

Usually we reserve that sort of lingo for football successes, but here’s the deal: Mizzou Football got walloped on Saturday and was immediately followed by Mizzou Hoops, who beat a Top 10 team that just so happened to be one of their two biggest rivals. So football or not, we’re officially declaring this a Victory Monday.

Missouri’s win, of course, had Cuonzo Martin up in arms about the way people talk about the Tigers. Remember, they finished no better than ninth or tenth in preseason SEC polls. Their 5-0 start has some of the biggest names in the college hoops landscape rethinking their assessments.

Going from being unranked to No. 16 is quite a jump, especially because of one game. But in those five games Missouri has quietly built a resume that looks better than almost anyone in the country, save a handful of teams. They’ve got: a neutral court win over a Top 25 opponent; a true road win against a respected mid-major program; a Top 10 win in one of the biggest games of the year; and a win over a Liberty team that will likely win the ASUN. If anything, 16 might be too low? That’s probably getting ahead of ourselves... maybe...

Goodman wasn’t the only one who jumped on the Missouri bandwagon. Gary Parrish at CBS Sports followed suit, ranking the Tigers in the Top 20 (one spot ahead of Illinois hehehehehehe) in his Top 25 And 1.

Xavier Pinson finished with 17 points and five assists in Saturday’s 81-78 victory over Illinois. Missouri’s 5-0 record also includes a win over Oregon.

The Tigers were the biggest upward mover of the group. The team with the most downward movement? Illinois, of course.

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  • Here’s your weekly Mizzou in the NFL recap:

— We usually start this space with Drew Lock (and trust us, that would be well-earned this week), but let’s give major props to our guy Aldon Smith, who registered 3 tackles in the Cowboys’ win over the Bengals. Also, he did this:

Honestly, it feels so good to see Smith doing this on the field. There was a long stretch of time where most Missouri fans would shy away from claiming Smith due to his off-the-field issues, which were extensive. But Smith seems to have taken the appropriate time to work on himself and has been great in his return to the NFL.

— OK, now we can talk about Drew. It’s been a tough second season for our favorite Barry Odom era son, there’s no doubt. But Sunday showed that Lock still has what it takes to be a starting caliber QB in the NFL. Lock was money all day, leading the Broncos to a 32-27 win over the Panthers.

Lock was superb against the Panthers, throwing 4 touchdowns with no interceptions and a 78 percent completion rate. Damn. Hopefully the Broncos commit to improving the offensive line and backfield weapons and Lock may be cooking with gas in year three.

— SPEAKING OF MIZZOU QBS! Our man Chase Daniel, the greatest backup in NFL history, got a chance to stun the Packers, but came up short in his limited time after Stafford went down.

— No other Tigers in action this week, though Sheldon Richardson and Jordan Elliott will be taking on the Ravens tonight on MNF.

The bigger news of the day was Auburn firing Gus Mahlzan, opening a job that is sure to be coveted around the country. Some Missouri fans were understandably worried when considering Eli Drinkwitz’s history with the Auburn program, but Gabe DeArmond stepped in with some sound thoughts.

The way I see it, if Auburn is firing a coach who just went 6-4, there’s no way on Earth they’re turning around and hiring a guy who just posted the same record (at best, right Mississippi State?!) at Missouri. The fan base would bring out the guillotine.

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