Missouri ended its season smoking hot, on a six-game win streak. It will look to carry that momentum forward in the 2017 Texas Bowl on December 27 against a former Big 12 foe, the Texas Longhorns, as reported by Brett McMurphy:
Sources: Texas vs. Missouri in Texas Bowl
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2017
After a dismal start to their season (Mizzou started 1-5, with some embarrassing blowout losses), it’s still a bit of a shock to see the Tigers going bowling this season. But give credit where it is due: Barry Odom and his staff have done an excellent job turning things around.
The 2017 Texas Bowl will be the program’s first bowl game since the 2014 season, when the Tigers beat Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl. Missouri will be looking to make it seven straight, and carry that momentum into 2018 when it has a chance to do some real damage in the SEC East.
That’s looking a bit too far ahead, however, as this is the matchup Missouri (and most of its fans) wanted from almost the time it became a possibility. Why, you may ask? Well, just ask any Missouri fan about why it left the Big 12, and Texas is likely to come up within the first couple sentences.
To put it simply: Missouri, and others, were tired of Texas kicking everyone else around and saying things like ‘Take a school like Missouri. Our bad years are better than their good years,” as former Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds did in 2013.
It does not, however, appear that the Longhorns have changed their attitude in the time since:
Hearing some chatter Texas is still trying to throw its weight around, raising objections to potential bowl matchup w/#Mizzou over Tigers leaving Big 12 five years ago. Had previously been reported UT didn’t want to play A&M in bowl. Eliminating 22% of SEC bowl eligible teams.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) November 30, 2017
Clearly, Texas was unable to prevent the matchup, but the fact that they protested in the first place surely has Missouri fans fired up.
They’ll get another chance at revenge in Houston on December 27th at NRG Stadium. The game will be broadcast at 9 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Missouri football 2017 schedule & results
|Missouri State||72-43 W|
|South Carolina||31-13 L|
|Overall Record||7-5 (4-4 SEC)|
Missouri recent bowl results
|2014||Citrus Bowl||Minnesota||33-17 W|
|2013||Cotton Bowl||Oklahoma State||41-31 W|
|2011||Independence Bowl||North Carolina||41-24 W|
|2010||Insight Bowl||Iowa||27-24 L|
|2009||Texas Bowl||Navy||35-13 L|