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Longhorns open as Texas Bowl underdogs to Missouri

Posted December 4th, 2017

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Texas and Missouri will meet for the first time since the Tigers bolted for the SEC, and their Texas Bowl matchup already has a different feel than their meetings in the Big 12.

Early lines released by Las Vegas have the Longhorns as slight underdogs, which isn’t altogether surprising considering how both teams finished the season. Missouri opened as a 1-point favorite, and it has already bumped up three points.

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The Tigers (7-5) closed the season on a six-game winning streak while the Longhorns (6-6) alternated between wins and losses the final six weeks — including a 27-23 loss to Texas Tech in the finale.

Texas is also starting to lose players to the NFL Draft, with left tackle Connor Williams, safety DeShon Elliott and cornerback Holton Hill (already suspended) announcing their intentions. Running back Chris Warren III also announced he will transfer.

Missouri features a high-powered offense led by first-team All-SEC quarterback Drew Lock. The over-under for the contest is currently set at 59½ points.

Texas leads the all-time series between the schools 17-6, with a 7-2 mark during the years (1996-2011) both schools were in the Big 12.

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