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Missouri Takes On Iowa In Insight Bowl
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Need to know: 9 p.m. CT, Dec. 28, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz., ESPN.
Team records: Missouri 10-2, Iowa 7-5.
Story lines: Missouri is ranked No. 14 and will be trying to finish with at least 11 victories for the second time in the last four seasons (Mizzou was 12-2 in 2007). The Tigers' two losses came in consecutive road games - 31-17 at Nebraska and 24-17 at Texas Tech.

Missouri is sixth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 15.2 points per game, one spot ahead of an Iowa defense that yields 16.2 points.

"I look at all their defensive stats, and it's hard to imagine they could even lose a game," Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel said.

Iowa, though, failed to win close games while Missouri closed like Mariano Rivera.

The Tigers were 7-0 in games they led after three quarters and in three other victories they overcame fourth-quarter deficits.

"Last year, we lost some close ones," senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar said. "This year, we decided not to lose those."

Iowa started the season with high hopes for a Big Ten Conference title and a BCS game. However, the Hawkeyes struggled to close games. The Hawkeyes' five losses came by a total of 18 points and they lost four of their last six games.

The Big 12 team has won all four Insight Bowl games against Big Ten foes.

Missouri update
Junior tight end Michael Egnew was a consensus All-American. … Defensive end Brad Madison suffered a broken finger during bowl practice in Columbia but has been cleared to play in the bowl game. … In addition to being evenly matched defensively in average points allowed, The Tigers average 30.3 points per game while the Hawkeyes average 29.1.

Iowa update
The Hawkeyes will be missing three key offensive players. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, the team's leading receiver, was kicked off the team after being arrested in connection with drugs. Running back Jewel Hampton left the team and Adam Robinson has was suspended after failing to comply with team policies. … Iowa senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi has thrown just four interceptions in 324 attempts. ... Freshman fullback Brad Rogers, who played in 11 games, will miss the Insight Bowl because he is undergoing heart tests.

Trivial pursuit
These schools are in states that share a common border but this is the first meeting in football since 1910.

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