Starting with Vandy, stretch run should be good for Mizzou
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.
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.
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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