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Starting with Vandy, stretch run should be good for Mizzou

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock throws a pass during the first half of against Florida. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

COLUMBIA, Mo. --- Every coach will tell you that every win is a good win.

Just like every coach expects every player to take it one play at a time, and give 110 percent on every play.

Uh-huh.

You can't give more than 100 percent and there's a difference between beating UT-Martin and beating Alabama ... although Alabama will obviously never lose again.

The Missouri Tigers hadn't had a good win in several years. None under the leadership of Barry Odom. None in the highly-touted career --- and for the most part, deservedly so --- of senior quarterback Drew Lock.

Until Saturday.

Yes, the Florida Gators looked hungover after losing to rival Georgia the week before in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Gators QB Feleipe Franks (9-of-22 for 84 yards vs. MU) shouldn't have had those triple-shot Bloody Marys.

Still, the Missouri Tigers went on the road, wandered into the Swamp, and took the No. 11 Gators by the snouts and whipped them around in a 38-17 romp.

Validation ... how sweet it is, no matter how long the wait.

Some fans were actually calling for Odom to be fired after Mizzou's the-play-after-the-last-play one-point loss to Kentucky the week before. That was a heartbreaker, to be sure, but talk of Odom's demise was just silly. He inherited a program in shambles and he's taken it back to respectability.

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