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Football Starts Final Cotton Bowl Prep In North Texas

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ARLINGTON, Texas – The No. 9 Missouri Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) held their first practice in North Texas Sunday to begin on-site preparations for the 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

No. 9 Missouri and No. 7 Ohio State kick off at 7 p.m. CT Friday with ESPN and Tiger Radio Network providing coverage.

After arriving Saturday afternoon, Missouri practiced Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.

“I thought our guys had really good energy,” said Tigers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. “We’re just now getting started on the week, so those guys were locked-in and we look forward to building every day from here.”

Missouri returned to the practice field for the first time since Wednesday and will settle into its regular game-week routine for the first time since last playing November 24.

“I think just the reality of game week being here, the intensity and the focus that we have I think is all starting to come together right now,” Drinkwitz said.

The Tigers got a boost to its bowl preparation earlier in the day, as offensive lineman Javon Foster was named to the Senior Bowl.

“It’s just a tribute to the hard work and dedication that Javon’s put in over the course of time being here,” Drinkwitz said. “People dream about being an All-American or all SEC, but it’s great that he was invited to the Senior Bowl and he did it through a lot of hard work.”

The 88th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN and ESPN Radio. Kickoff is slated for 7:10 p.m.

This year’s Classic is a part of the ESPN bowl lineup for the 10th straight year. Dave Pasch and Dusty Dvoracek are set to the call the action from the booth with Tom Luginbill reporting from the sidelines.

ESPN Radio returns as the Classic’s national radio partner for the tenth consecutive year with Brad Sham and Kirk Morrison in the booth and Taylor McGregor on the sidelines to describe all the action from AT&T Stadium.

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