University of Missouri

December 1, 2013 12:11 AM

Once-overlooked Missouri Tigers can be the best of the nation’s best

Somehow, some way, a year removed from a bowl-less season and a few months removed from being picked ahead of only Kentucky in the SEC East, Missouri is No. 5 and rising in the BCS standings and now preparing for the championship game of the country’s toughest college football conference. “We got a lot of respect back,” Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel says. “You know, respect is real, real important to me.”

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