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Morning Sports Report - January 2, 2014

SEC success gives Mizzou a boost in recruiting - a recap of college football Bowl games - and MVC conference play is underway.
ARLINGTON, Texas--As if the Missouri Tigers haven't proven themselves enough this season they will get one last chance to showcase their talents this Friday night in the Cotton Bowl.
It should be a good one in Arlington on January, 3rd between No. 6 Mizzou and No. 13 Oklahoma State
It's no question that making it to the SEC Championship Game did wonders for the future of Mizzou's recruiting.
Luckily for Mizzou the Cotton Bowl being played in Texas, which is Mizzou's second largest recruitment state.
"We have 32 players on our roster from the state of Texas. Obviously Missouri is our number one state. We chose to place an emphasis here outside the state of Missouri to pick a high populated area that plays great high school football. So we chose to put a lot of coaches here and recruit at a high level," said Tigers coach Gary Pinkel.
"I know there are only two games on Friday, ours will be the second one. Hopefully, we will get a lot of Texas attention, being in Texas that will help with recruiting," said Tigers quarterback James Franklin.

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New Year's Day with the constant coverage of college football games... you gatta love it.
Especially when the grandaddy of them all has  number 4 Michigan State and number 5 Stanford facing off in the 100th Rose Bowl game.
The Rose Bowl.. one of the most iconic and classic games in all of college football.
And the 100th game certainly didn't dissapoint - Michigan State took down Stanford 24-20.
In the Outback Bowl,  it was LSU over Iowa 21-14.
And in the Capital One Bowl, senior quarterback Conner Shaw and South Carolina topped Wisconsin 34-24.
Then in the Gator Bowl it was another Big 10 team coming up with a big win. The Nebraska Cornhuskers with some rocky moments this season, but got the win 24-19 over Georgia.

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Wednesday, Loyola played in their first Missouri Valley conference game at Indiana State.
The Sycamores were not as welcoming as the Ramblers would have liked.
Indiana state won by a score of 70-58.
Manny Arop had 18 points for the Sycamores.
Missouri State opens up their conference play this week as well.
The Bears play at Illinois State tonight at 7 pm.


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