There are no "buts" between the hedges. There are no such things as "half-wins in the Southeastern Conference. No asterisks. No apologies.
So before the world starts calling for Missouri to hand its 41-26 victory at Georgia back to the league office because of the Bulldogs' rash of injuries, it's worth nothing that: a) the Tigers' biggest drive of the game happened under the direction of its backup quarterback and b) the Tigers' biggest touchdown pass of the day was, in fact, thrown by a wide receiver.
It's like a wise puppet once said: Do, or do not. There is no try.
Saturday presented a chance at the program's first road win over a top 10 team since October 1981, when gas was 1.35 a gallon and MTV was only a few months old. The Tigers took it. No conditions, no regrets.
And so, in a span of a few hours, the script in Columbia flips, the stakes and the storylines amped to a crushing, beautiful volume.
The 6-0 Tigers can't look ahead, but you sure as heck can. And funny how that sch...