Now that Missouri has won its final game as a Big 12 member, coach Gary Pinkel figures he'll be inundated with questions about how his Tigers will fare in their new home - the Southeastern Conference.
Considering quarterback James Franklin is coming back, the forecast might be better than expected.
Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, and the Tigers beat North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl on Monday night.
''We're going to get asked this a million times, or maybe a hundred million times about the SEC,'' Pinkel said. ''And my whole thing is this: Anytime you're new in a league, you're going to have to prove yourself.''
The Tigers' final impression from their Big 12 days is certainly a good one.
Missouri (8-5) ended the season on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 1965. The Tigers will join the SEC next fall and showed one reason they should be a factor immediately in Franklin, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore who generally did ...