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Mizzou, Arkansas rivalry has grown quickly according to players


Although it is one of the newer rivalries, historically, in the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou football said the group's rivalry against the Razorbacks has grown very quickly.

"We've done pretty well against them since the rivalry started and it's here to stay from what I hear," quarterback Brady Cook said. "As long as we go get it done this week, good things will happen for us."

You can watch the full press conference with Cook in the video player below.

Good things would include a bowl game if head coach Eli Drinkwitz and company get it done on Saturday. The win would put the team at the 6-6 mark on the season, which means they would be in the running to receive a bowl bid.

"We know what happens if we get that trophy," Cook said. "Let's just focus on the trophy, that's what's most important. Establishing this rivalry and making sure we stay ahead of that and getting that trophy because we know what happens next. Getting the trophy is first for us."

Senior wide receiver Tauskie Dove has played in quite a few games against the Hogs. He said it's no secret that the rivalry grew even more when former MU football coach Barry Odom took a job as Arkansas' defensive coordinator, one which he still holds.

"This is one of the biggest games of the year for us," Dove said.

You can watch the full press conference with Dove in the video player below.

He added that the biggest key for the offense heading into the rivalry game is execution.

"Make sure that we communicate and really attack vertically," Dove said. "Like I mentioned last week, putting points on the board, capitalizing off of each opportunity, honestly, because this is a big game for us."

Mizzou and Arkansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Faurot Field on Friday.

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