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Mizzou feels good about bowl choice

Happy Monday, Tiger fans. For what should be the fourth straight year, your Missouri Tigers will be bowling.

That certainly isn’t what we expected before the season. After a head coaching change, COVID-19 and a number of injuries/opt-outs, the Tigers beat their preseason prognosticators by finishing with a record of 5-5, giving them one of the better records in the SEC. With four of the conference’s teams in CFP or New Year’s Six bowls, Mizzou got the second choice of bowl games after 6-4 Auburn.

When it was announced that Missouri would play in the Music City Bowl instead of the Outback or Gator Bowl, there was a bit of dissent from the more black and gold corners of the internet. However, Eli Drinkwitz explained why the Tigers, given their choice of destinations, thought Nashville to be the right fit.

“We knew we were going to get matched up against a great Big Ten opponent, we knew we were going to get to be in a city like Nashville, which is a central locale to where most of our players’ families are going to be,” he explained. “And we knew that we were going to be able to go home for Christmas and be home for New Year’s. And so when you wrap all of those things together, just made perfect sense.”]

Mizzou will have a tough opponent to face in Iowa, but you never get worse by playing good teams. Unfortunately, the Tigers will have to find a way to generate some offense without one of their better players, who has decided to move on to greener (cash-wise) pastures.

Congrats, Larry! We can’t wait to add you to the “Mizzou in the NFL” recap below!

However, not all of the seniors will be forgoing their last game in a Tiger uniform. After Drinkwitz said he believes most of the team will suit up in Nashville, the second leading rusher in all of Mizzou history said he’ll have another go.

Can you imagine Mizzou playing without Larry Borrom and Larry Rountree? I suppose we’ll have to next year... but still!

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

— Aldon Smith didn’t register any tackles in the Dallas Cowboy’s 41-33 win over the 49ers, but the former Tiger did recover a fumble for the second straight week.

— Charles Harris logged a single tackle in the Falcons’ 31-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

— It was a quiet week all around for #MizzouMade NFLers, as Sheldon Richardson only managed one tackle in the Browns’ win over the New York Giants.

You think he’ll have the ear of the locker room next season?

  • A big JUCO target in the 2021 class is announcing his decision later this week.

After the beating the secondary just took, adding a ready-made contributor would be massive for Drink and the staff.

  • Robin Pingeton’s Tigers are cleaning up the non-conference circuit and have now won three straight games.
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