Originally Posted by Reaper16
Of course we can agree to disagree here on the importance of bowl games.
But since you said to ask any Bama fan, I'll ask myself:
"Self, how do you feel about Alabama losing their last two games after a promising season where you were ranked #1 the whole way?"
"Well, self, losing the last regular season game to Auburn hurts a lot. It cost us a spot in the SEC championship game, and effectively ensured that we would not play for the BCS national championship. Losing the Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma doesn't hurt at all, comparatively. It doesn't feel good to have been outcoached by Bob Stoops. But it also does nothing to take away from our gargantuan success in recent years, or our best-in-the-nation recruiting class for next year."
Now imagine Bama just switched conferences and spent the last 24 months hearing that they made a huge mistake and would get piss-pounded by their new rivals. And that the loudest voices they heard it from were coming from the same conference that was on the other side of the field.
Are all bowl games equal? No, they are not.
This one, OTOH, was absolutely huge for Missouri. It was a final **** you to the Big 12. It was proof that they are
a great football team. It was a bounce-back from a strong thumping from Auburn.
Missouri isn't Alabama. They don't get to say "oh well, we won the title in 2012". They are constantly teetering on the brink of a crisis of confidence and wins like this are what they need to move further and further away from that cliff.
This was a massive
win for the program, IMO.