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SBN Reacts: The portal is open and we’re paying attention

The transfer portal has captivated more than just Mizzou fans.

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It really feels like there’s a regular news cycle for college sports. Then there’s an alternate cycle just for the transfer portal. What the portal has done for football and basketball coverage has completely changed everything. Normal recruiting cycles don’t exist and teams can always go into the portal and completely change the way their roster and their lineup works.

With the portal being so prevalent, and the rules around the portal crumbling, I thought it would be a good idea to gauge the temperature of Mizzou fans on how they feel about the transfer portal. Because there is a pretty vocal group out there who like to lament how the portal has turned them off of college sports. So why not ask?

Has the transfer portal increased or decreased your interest in college sports?

9 in 10 college sports fans say the portal has increased their interest.

I confess to being a hot stove guy. I don’t much pay attention to baseball anymore, but I do love the offseason and player movement and free agency. The same with the NBA (though I still watch a LOT of NBA games), I’m super interested in how the teams at the top work to stay there.

College sports has never had that. It’s only ever been about recruiting and development.

Even with the portal, recruiting and development is still important. And with the portal you still have to recruit the portal. But when you sign a high school player, you don’t really know what you’re getting. When you sign a college player, you largely do know.

Mizzou Football has gotten commitments from Toriano Pride, Cayden Green, Corey Flagg, Darris Smith, and Marcus Carroll. All five players have been productive in college football. Eli Drinkwitz and his staff should know what they’re getting in those players. And how they can continue to develop, plus how they could impact the roster next season. All five players should be in line to start if not challenge for starting spots. Being able to assess your own roster and see your weaknesses in your depth during the practices in the season is key.

I’ve always felt like Recruiting coverage is a fairly niche industry. The people who follow it closely are rabid, but the majority of the fans who cheer for their teams every year only loosely follow who the recruits are.

If you can tell me anything about each of the Mizzou signees in the 2024 class you are well ahead of the curve.

It’s been my job to cover recruiting to some extent now for the better part of the last 8-9 years. However long I’ve been writing for this site. But I feel the same as the voters here, I didn’t follow recruiting as closely until the portal arrived. And now I can’t get enough. The transfer portal has become a drug.

National Votes!

So you know I’m not really much of a conspiracy guy. I know the meme for most college sports fans goes something like “ < insert national writer or broadcaster > hates < my team > “ but this is a little too on the nose for Mizzou fans who feel that way.

This week’s SB Nation Reacts poll went out for the upcoming bowl games and we got:

The Rose Bowl:

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The Sugar Bowl:

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The Fiesta Bowl:

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The Orange Bowl:

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The Peach Bowl:

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And no Cotton Bowl? Like... what the hell guys? The Cotton Bowl’s odds are currently favorite Ohio State by just a half point. Texas is a 4.5 favorite over Washington, Michigan is a 2 point favorite over Alabama, Oregon is a 17.5 point favorite over L*berty. Georgia is a 14.5 point favorite over Florida State, and Penn State is a 4 point favorite over Ole Miss.

So the closest game doesn’t get a poll question? Featuring a much more intriguing duo than the Fiesta Bowl and the Orange Bowl.

It just seems a little weird is all. If you only could do 5 questions then I’d imagine ignoring the game with the 17.5 point spread might be more important than the game deemed a total tossup.

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