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MV3: It’s all offense after the Battle Line win

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Our writers had some tough choices to make, but settled on three incredibly valuable picks from Saturday’s win.

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I don’t know about y’all, but I still have a sort of contact high from Saturday. I may be 1,000+ miles away from Columbia, but I could feel the energy through my TV. Whatever is surging through Missouri football right now is infectious and is spreadable through the airwaves.

Since we started doing the MV3 at the beginning of the season, we’ve had one constant: Nick Bolton. The senior has been playing at an All-American level and has been a staple of this weekly piece. But after Bolton was unjustly ejected after tackling too hard, our MV3 had a bit of a shakeup. In fact, unless I’m mistaken, today marks the first time we’ve had an all-offense MV3 in 2020. You may quibble with that distinction based on who finished atop the list, but hey, he scores points. He counts.

1. Harrison Mevis

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Who else but the Thiccer? When Missouri was floundering down 40-26 early in the fourth quarter, it was easy to say, “Too many field goals!” But as the game stretched on, it became abundantly clear that having Mevis’ accuracy and distance was a boon rather than a bane for Missouri.

Need more evidence that Mevis was the MVP? Look no further than the other sideline, where Hog specialist A.J. Reed missed two extra points... in a two-point game! It’s easy to overlook the importance of a kicker when the game looks out-of-hand, but as Missouri rallied and drove the length of the field in the final 43 seconds, it became abundantly clear that Mevis would be called on once again. And just like every other time his name was called, he delivered.

As if he needed anything else to add to his case, Mevis earned bonus points when he referenced Sam Pittman’s decision to try and ice him with two outs. His response?

“It just gives me more time to think about the kick — and what to do right. Advantage me.”

Mama, that’s a bad man.

2. Larry Rountree III

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Oh, to sing the praises of Larry Rountree evermore. He’s arguably the greatest Missouri running back ever, especially if you look at the pure numbers. And even if you want to make a more intangible case, Rountree may still be the guy. In maybe the biggest game of his career — a rivalry game facing his former head coach’s defense — Rountree delivered a corker, rushing for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns on 6.9 (nice!) yards per carry. He broke tackles, showed great explosiveness and generally ran roughshod over Barry Odom’s defense.

Rountree’s been the backbone of Missouri’s offense all year, and on the day when it looked its best, so did he. He’s an all-time great Mizzou Tiger, and never let anyone tell you he’s less.

3. Tyler Badie

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, it has to be frustrating to be Tyler Badie. He might be Mizzou’s most versatile offensive piece since Marcus Murphy, and he’s stuck behind the program’s second-leading rusher of all-time. But if he’s frustrated, you couldn’t tell by his performance on Saturday.

Badie didn’t see much of the field for two hours, but exploded onto the scene when he did. He was practically untouchable on his two fourth quarter TD runs, providing the lighting to Rountree’s thunder. Assuming he comes back for his senior season, Badie may be one of the most exciting offensive players in the country.

Others receiving votes: Connor Bazelak


What do you think? Did we get it right? Let us know who your most valuable players were here and on Twitter at @RockMNation.