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Missouri had appeared in line for a more prestigious slot than the Texas Bowl. The game was another disappointment, a 35-13 blowout loss to Navy in which the defense had no answers for an option attack and the offense couldn’t keep pace.

“It leaves a sour taste in your mouth,” Gabbert said. “Definitely a big, big chip on your shoulder, just to come out this season and prove something.”

The schedule is conducive to another fast start. After the Sept. 4 opener against Illinois in St. Louis, the next four games are at Columbia ending with the Big 12 opener against Colorado.

Gabbert’s primed for a fast start, too.

“It’s experience,” Gabbert said. “I know how to go through the weeks and weeks and weeks, and how to game plan and prepare week in and week out. From that point, it’s a lot better.”