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Mizzou Finalizes 2013 Schedule, Plus Some Texas vs. The Nation Notes

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Mizzou football announced its final nonconference game next season with a home and home against Arkansas State. The game will take place in Columbia on September 28. Mizzou will play at Arkansas State in 2015.

This game completed the nonconference and regular season schedules for the Tigers. Missouri will open the season with its four nonconference games before beginning SEC play. This is very different from last season, when the Georgia game was in Week 2 and Syracuse was late in the season.

Home games against Murray State and Toledo will start the Missouri football season next year, before a bye week in Week 3. The Tigers will then travel to Indiana in Week 4, before ending their nonconference play at home against Arkansas State in Week 5.

After nonconference play, Missouri then takes on the entire SEC East before its two crossover games. Mizzou starts the SEC season on the road with contests at Vanderbilt and Georgia. In Week 8, Missouri returns back to Columbia and Faurot Field for three straight weeks as the Tigers host Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. Mizzou closes out SEC East play at Kentucky in Week 11, with a second bye week following in Week 12. From there, the Tigers finish the season with their crossover games at Ole Miss and close the regular season at home against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M.

With the schedule being finalized today, Mizzou fans have to like their chances at returning to a bowl game next season. All four nonconference games are very winnable, meaning the Tigers would only have to win two SEC games to make a bowl. It is obviously way to early to call and predict games, but it is always nice to have an expectation of a bowl game.

In addition to the announcement of the rest of next season's schedule, Mizzou also announced a home and home against Purdue beginning in 2017. The Boilermakers come to Columbia in 2017, while the TIgers will travel to Purdue in 2018.

Finally, the Texas vs. the Nation college all star game is this weekend. Three Mizzou players are competing in the game, and they have had very different results in practice so far. Cornerback Kip Edwards has had a quiet week of practice and will look to make an impact on game day. T.J. Moe has wowed in practiced, dominating in both days so far.

Moe is improving his stock and will almost certainly get a chance on the next level. Elvis Fisher had a dominating first day of practice, but unfortunately injured his knee in practice today. This is devastating news for the big offensive lineman, who has been derailed by injury issues in the past. The injury today looks to be an aggravation of the MCL sprain he had early in the year, but teams may not want to take a chance on Fisher because he's injury-prone. It is unfortunate that one of the fan favorites of Mizzou football has trouble staying healthy.

The Texas vs. the Nation game will be February 2nd at 1:30 CT.