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Linebacker thinks Tigers can still win North

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Even the most loyal Missouri fan has probably written off the school's chances of winning a third straight Big 12 North championship.

But senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has not given up the dream. He believes the turnaround is just around the corner now that the toughest stretch of the season is over.

Losses to No. 3 Texas, No. 16 Oklahoma State and Nebraska the last three weeks have saddled Missouri with an 0-3 conference record for the first time since 2002. The last five games all appear winnable, as long as players don't lose hope.

Missouri (4-3, 0-3) was a slight favorite to begin the climb out of the North cellar on Saturday at Colorado (2-5, 1-2).

The rest of the schedule has no dominating teams with Baylor, surprising North leader Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas a combined 18-11 overall and 5-8 in conference play.

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