James Franklin and the Missouri Tigers dominated tonight’s Independence Bowl and it’s clear that a season on the brink ended up with a solid string of wins to close out the year at 8-5 after hitting the panic button at 4-5 at one point only weeks ago. Now the Tigers have won four straight and have a dynamic young offense returning that bashed the North Carolina Tar Heels in a 41-24 victory that was never that close.
ESPN’s David Ubben writes, “Missouri will head to the SEC with some good momentum off a pretty average season. The day in Shreveport finished with an S-E-C chant from the Tigers fans who made the trip. The Tigers will face a huge challenge in a new conference next year, while North Carolina begins a brand-new era in the ACC. Interim coach Everett Withers is headed to Ohio State as a co-defensive coordinator, and former Southern Miss coach (and Oklahoma State offensive coordinator) Larry Fedora will now take over in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have constantly underachieved under Butch Davis with lots of NFL talent, and Fedora will try and change that.”