November 26, 2008

Powered Up: A look back at the best ever

I'm aware it's 2008. I'm aware that nothing that happened last year matters. But I get to write what I want in this space every week, so we're talking about last year. You can't really talk about this weekend's game against Kansas without thinking back to a year ago.

For the fans of both schools, it was probably the biggest game in school history. And a year later, those involved still agree.

"It was an electrifying atmosphere, unlike any other I've been at," said Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. "I don't think you could have written the script better than No. 2 and No. 4 teams in the country playing for a North division championship. A one-loss team, a zero-loss team, it was an unbelievable atmosphere."

"It was like a Super Bowl atmosphere," added Sean Weatherspoon. "It was a late game, both teams were highly ranked and everybody was looking forward to that. At the beginning of the season, you never knew how big that game would have been. But by the time we got there, everybody knew it was a big game and the atmosphere was amazing."

This year, it's big. It's Kansas. It's always big. But it's not like last year. The Tigers are out of the national title hunt. The Jayhawks are headed to the Insight Bowl in all likelihood. It's not back to the dark days of the mid-1980's by any means, but it's not quite the same.

"I don't think there's ever going to be a game like that ever again," Chase Daniel said.

Probably not. What a weekend it was.

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