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.
It is an honor to be selected to play in the Music City Bowl. An honor the 2020 Mizzou Tigers have definitely earned! Having been denied the opportunity last year, and having never won a bowl game, I plan to take full advantage of this opportunity!! With that said, I will play. pic.twitter.com/SDnQwCvcTK— Larry L Rountree III (@LRountreeIII) December 20, 2020
Can you imagine Mizzou playing without Larry Borrom and Larry Rountree? I suppose we’ll have to next year... but still!
Yesterday at Rock M
- A season full of attrition finally caught up to Missouri
- Despite the loss, Tigers may have found a new playmaker in the secondary
- Mizzou to face Iowa in the Music City Bowl
- SEC Recap: Week Thirteen
- 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.
- PowerMizzou subscribers can read Gabe’s thoughts on the Mississippi State loss as well as Mitchell’s grades, and all readers can watch Eli Drinkwitz and Jim Sterk’s interview about the coming Music City Bowl.
- Souichi Terada also posted his grades from Saturday’s loss at the Kansas City Star.
- Ben Hochman at the Post-Dispatch writes that Connor Bazelak needs a bounce back performance after the worst start of his career in Starkville.
- Mizzou has seen a rash of opt-outs (like many teams) this season, and they’ve continued into the late weeks. The day after Mizzou’s season-ending loss — in which the Tigers had to cover for a cratered depth chart by playing multiple people out of position — starting safety Martez Manuel opened up on Twitter.
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.
Signing Thursday on Instagram live my mind is all made up where I want to spend my next 3 years❗️ (Time will be announced soon) @DenoteHunter #BoomerSooner #Mizzou #HailState #ScoDucks pic.twitter.com/Szr0MhDpQU— Jadarrius Perkins (@JDKNOWS2100) December 21, 2020
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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