December 26, 2011
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel leads his players on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, during practice in Shreveport, La., for their Independence Bowl NCAA college football game scheduled for Dec. 26 against North Carolina. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Jim Hudelson)
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The Tigers and Tar Heels meet today in the Independence Bowl, and both teams have become quite experienced at juggling questions about their long-term future with the upcoming matchup. Players and coaches are adamant the focus will be squarely on the field.