Remember the Golden Rule? You know, treat others as you would like to be treated …
Apparently the Missouri Tigers have taken that to heart, which irks former Florida linebacker Michael Taylor. Since dropping the inaugural SEC meeting between the two in 2012, Mizzou has handled the Gators in each of the last two seasons, doing so with a smile.
In an interview with Rivals, Taylor called the Tigers “upstanding citizens” and despite trash talk and prodding from the Gators, Mizzou players “…were just like ‘OK’. They were just nice guys helping you off the field. And they were good, which kind of disturbed me. Like, ‘Say something, talk trash, do something.’ Don’t just be nice.”
That 42-13 Mizzou win, despite the Tigers gaining just 119 yards of total offense, was the most egregious in a season that ultimately cost Will Muschamp his job.
On Saturday Mizzou will host No. 11 Florida on its homecoming, only adding more fuel to Florida’s fire.
“That’s even more perfect,” said defensive end Alex McCalister. “I didn’t know that. That’s better. Now I know.”
First-year head coach Jim McElwain, unaware that Mizzou selects homecoming opponents based on date and not program relevance, understands the Tigers’ logic.
“I’m sure based on their history they feel pretty good about us being their homecoming (opponent),” said McElwain on the SEC telecast.
Mizzou and Florida are set for a 7:30 p.m. ET kick on Saturday.
— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) October 7, 2015