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"They're a great defensive team, but you want to talk about their guys, how about our guys?" Daniel said. "You want to talk about their guys. I want to look at ours and what we bring to the table."
Part of it is smelling the roses. Daniel was buoyed by an hour-long telephone conversation he had with distraught Texas quarterback Colt McCoy after the Longhorns got jilted in the BCS standings. They'll be watching on Saturday along with the rest of the Big 12.
"That's what hit me really hard about the 10 other teams," Daniel said. "He was crushed; he wanted to be there. He's pulling for us, and so are we."
Though his Heisman chances for this year faded a long time ago, Daniel said there's nothing to be disappointed about. Underdog or not, Missouri is again in position to win the conference.
"Our goal was to win the Big 12 North and play for the Big 12 championship, and that's exactly what we're doing," he said. "It doesn't matter our record, it doesn't matter what happened in the past.
"All that matters is from here on out."
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