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Mizzou outlasts Arkansas, ends season on “high” note

The Tigers avoided a disastrous end to the season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 29 Missouri at Arkansas Photo by John Bunch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Missouri Tigers are .500.

In a rather sloppy affair, the Tigers defeated the lowly Arkansas Razorbacks Friday afternoon in Fayetteville. The 24-14 victory for Mizzou brings them up to a 6-6 finish and ends a downer of a season for, well, both teams here if we’re playing it straight.

Mizzou and Arkansas traded blows through parts of the first three quarters. Trey Knox put Arkansas on the board first with a 19-yard reception off the arm of quarterback Jack Lindsey. Larry Rountree III would answer the bell for the Tigers, as he ran one in from five yards out at the start of the second quarter.

A field goal by Mizzou’s Tucker McCann would give them a 10-7 edge, but at the start of the third quarter, Arkansas zoomed back on top. Grayson Gunter caught a pass from Jack Lindsey for a 10-yard score, and suddenly the Hogs were up 14-10.

That lead would evaporate less than six minutes later. Tyler Badie ran in from three yards out to push Mizzou out in front. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Mizzou put their final stamp on the game, as Jonathan Nance caught a 10-yard pass from Taylor Powell to make it 24-14.

We know where Arkansas is headed. Somewhere. Like, it can’t get much worse for them obviously. They’re going somewhere, they’re getting a new coach sometime soon. All will fall from there.

How about Mizzou though? I’d highly doubt they let Barry Odom go... but where do we go from here? The year was a disappointment at just about every level. We’ve got quite a large sample size on Odom as a head coach as well. He’s 25-25 and 13-19 against SEC opponents. Their best finish under Odom was third place in the SEC East. They have yet to go over .500 against conference opponents, and they haven’t even won a bowl game yet. They took a step back this year after going 8-5 a season ago, and did so by losing just one less conference game. We... kind of know what we’re getting from him, and it’s not all too great but not all too bad either.

Is Mizzou stuck in purgatory? Probably.