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Modified: December 3, 2007 at 4:14 pm •  Published: December 1, 2007
"Missouri is No. 1. Maybe we should repeat that, since the odds were Maui would see sleet first. Missouri is No. 1.”

— Mike Lopresti, USA Today

"The Missouri ‘D' that crushed Colorado 55-10 and held the Buffaloes to 196 yards Nov. 3 was a statistical aberration. Missouri is only 60th nationally in total defense (380.8 yards per game) and has been gouged for 534 yards by Mississippi and 406 by Kansas State. Even NCAA Football Championship Subdivision team (I-AA) Illinois State rang up 397.”

— John Henderson, the Denver Post

"Imagine Albania playing for the World Cup title in soccer, or an amateur golfer approaching the final hole with the United States Open at stake. Think of Adam Sandler as a nominee for best actor at the Academy Awards. With one week remaining in the regular season of this most unpredictable of college football campaigns, a similar possibility may await. The University of Missouri and West Virginia University are each one victory from playing for college football's national title.”

— Pete Thamel, the New York Times

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