MISSOURI COMPLETES PREPARATIONS AT TEXAS STADIUMIRVING, TEXAS – The No. 7 Missouri Tigers completed their last practice at Texas Stadium for the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and their New Year’s Day matchup against the No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks (8-4 overall, 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference).
The Tigers (11-2 overall, 7-1 in the Big 12 Conference) conducted a 90-minute session in light pads and sweats considered to be a “Thursday” practice during their normal game-week preparations.
“We’re on schedule,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “Now it’s about getting through all of the distractions and playing our best game. So we need do that the next couple of days.”
Ranking 28th in NCAA history, Mizzou is making its 25th bowl appearance in school history with a 10-14 record in its 24 previous postseason trips. The Tigers are making their fourth bowl appearance in five years and third under Pinkel’s leadership. The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic marks Pinkel’s fourth bowl appearance as a head coach. His first head coaching bowl experience came in the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl when he led Toledo to a 40-37 overtime win over Nevada.
Following practice, Pinkel and selected players participated in a Mizzou pep rally at the team’s headquarter hotel, the Hilton Anatole. On Monday, the Tigers will get their first chance to experience the site of their first New Year’s Day bowl game since 1970 when the team will take a walk-through and official team picture at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The walk-through is CLOSED to the media.
Reflecting on Mizzou’s time in Dallas, Pinkel has only positives to say about his team’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic experience.
“It’s been wonderful,” said Pinkel. “I’ve said that to many people about the great things that they’ve done, not only the Cotton Bowl committee, but all the people in the Dallas area and in the community that have opened their arms to us. We’re appreciative of all we have had here. It’s as good of an experience as you will get.”
Missouri takes on Arkansas in the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1. Kickoff is slated for 10:40 a.m. CST. FOX Sports will televise the game nationally and Westwood One will handle the national radio broadcast.
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