Mitchell Smith suspended after DWI arrest

The Tigers forward has been sidelined with an ACL injury the past few years.

No good news ever happens over night and this continued to be the case last night as Missouri basketball forward Mitchell Smith, from Fort Smith, Arkansas, was arrested for DWI, and subsequently charged with possessing a suspended or revoked license.

Dave Matter, from STLToday.com, was the first to report:

According to the report, Smith was arrested overnight by the Boone County Sheriff’s department and released on $500 bond.

Read Matter’s article online here: Mizzou Basketball’s Mitchell Smith arrested for DWI

Mizzou released the following statement: “Per Mizzou Athletics’ department policy, Mitchell has been suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week.” Under Mizzou athletics department policy, an athlete arrested for a first-offense DWI is suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week. The Tigers begin preseason practice this week.

Seems like really poor timing with the preseason practice starting this week, and Smith was expected to contend for minutes on the wing as well as down low. His versatility was something Cuonzo Martin was going to need this season as the options on the wing are limited. Smith was being looked at as a possible answer for some of those question marks. Now he’ll have to work from behind.

This is the second DWI arrest for a Tigers basketball player in recent months as Jordan Barnett was arrested for the same offense just prior to the NCAA tournament. With the department policy of a minimum one week suspension, Barnett missed the Tigers first round loss to Florida State.

Really guys, don’t risk it. Call an Uber or a Lyft.


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Self inflicted wounds and questionable officiating was too much to overcome Georgia

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Everything is still on the table despite yesterday’s miss against the Bulldogs.

Missouri is still on schedule, right? I don’t know anyone who was picking Missouri to win this game so being 3-1 at this juncture in the season means everything is still on the table. The Tigers got what they needed from Georgia in order to win. The problem? Missouri needed their own best day and it just wasn’t there.

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Losing to the #2 team in the country isn’t the worst thing in the world and if you’re the optimist-type you can find plenty of positives following the game.

Missouri basically gifted the Bulldogs at least 17 point cushion with their miscues and a questionable call on a “missed” field goal. If you remove the 17 point cushion on a 14 point loss you get a point differential of plus-3.

Whether you blame the Okwuegbunam fumble on the refs or Albert O. it was still a costly mistake which provided the more talented team an early push when the Tigers had a chance to land the first punch after their own interception. It wasn’t the referee’s fault Johnathan Johnson let a soft pass bounce off his chest and into the hands Tae Crowder setting up a short field goal. It wasn’t the officials who let Eric Stokes through the punt formation for a block and a returned touch down. But it was the officials (and a lack of cameras) who offered no solution to a potential fumble at the goal line on Jeremiah Holloman’s long touch down catch.

Missouri left a lot of opportunity on the field yesterday and in someways they can feel good about the progress made yesterday. Drew Lock had a decent day but not a great one, and they still moved the ball on the ground with Larry Rountree III and Damarea Crockett against a stout defense.But they still need to capitalize in two weeks when they head to South Carolina.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Still, credit to the Bulldogs. They limited the Tigers big plays which has been a hallmark the last few years. Emanuel Hall was held without a catch and the Tigers longest play from scrimmage was just 25 yards. Georgia made Missouri work for their points and it wasn’t enough. I think explosive plays is one of those things Bill always harps on, and Georgia had several: three deep passing plays, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touch down, an interception return. The explosion came from Georgia and it was too much for the Tigers to overcome.


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Missouri loses to No. 2 Georgia 43-29 – Iosco County News Herald


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Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock (3) walk off the field after losing to the Georgia Bulldogs 29-43 during a NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept, 22, 2018, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com.


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COLUMBIA - Mistakes cost the Mizzou football team as the Tigers lost to (2) Georgia 43-29. Watch our full extended highlights from the game of nearly 10 minutes of coverage. Copyright 2017 KMIZ ...


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The play: Georgia football, 2nd-and-5 from the Georgia 34, approaching 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter. What happened: Jake Fromm completes a pass to Jeremiah Holloman who breaks a tackle and takes it 61 yards for a touchdown. Holloman ...

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The near-misses that kept Missouri from upsetting No. 2 Georgia

These are the plays that will keep fans up at night.

Missouri lost to second-ranked Georgia 43-29 on Saturday, a game marred by two Missouri mistakes that resulted in non-offensive touchdowns by Georgia. Here are the controversial plays that kept Missouri at an arm’s length from the Bulldogs all game.


The play: Missouri football, 3rd-and-9 from the Georgia 40, under 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter

What happened: Drew Lock pass complete to Albert Okwuegbunam for nine yards, fumbled and recovered by Georgia CB Tyson Campbell, returned 64 yards for a touchdown

The result: Georgia leads 7-0, 9:01 1Q

The controversy: Should the play have been blown dead for forward progress?

What they said:

“I’ve got to be very careful. They called it like they saw it and I’ve got great trust in the Southeastern Conference and the officials that we have making the right call. The thing that we’ve got to look at, and it’s been brought up a number of times, there’s a lot of times out there there isn’t a whistle. They don’t end the play with a whistle. Was the forward progress stopped or not? That was the call they made and we’ve got to live with it. “ — Missouri coach Barry Odom

“Yeah, you know, I’m not really supposed to comment on the officials, but, you know, I’ve just got to do a better job of keeping the ball secure and finishing the play.” — Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam


The play: Missouri football, 4th-and-9 from the Georgia 23, approaching seven minutes remaining in the first quarter

What happened: Tucker McCann’s 41-yard field goal is missed, wide right

The result: Georgia leads, 7-0, 7:04 1Q

The controversy: Did McCann actually miss?

What they said:

“Everybody thought it was good and the official said it wasn’t so it must not have been.” — Barry Odom


The play: Georgia football, 2nd-and-5 from the Georgia 34, approaching 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter

What happened: Jake Fromm completes a pass to Jeremiah Holloman who breaks a tackle and takes it 61 yards for a touchdown. Holloman drops the football near the goal line; replay rules call stands, meaning it could not be confirmed or overturned.

The result: Georgia leads 33-14, 6:59 3Q

The controversy: Did Holloman drop the football before he crossed the goal line?

What they said:

“I saw him drop the ball. So my instincts were like, we went over this in fall camp, pick the ball up and go score ... (The official) was hesitant to pick it up. I saw his face, ‘cause he didn’t know, either. That’s why I picked it up and ran.” — Missouri DB Christian Holmes, who picked up the ball after Holloman dropped it

“I can say, to everybody who ever did it before, the excitement, the joy, the feeling you get when you’re going to the end zone, it’s a feeling you can’t explain. Some people are so quick to raise and celebrate, they don’t know where they’re at on the field ‘cause they ran so long so they expected to be in the endzone, I guess they drop the ball. See, as a DB, I don’t let go of the ball.” — Christian Holmes

“We actually, you never how things work out, we showed South Carolina against Georgia, interception, Georgia returned it, did the same thing, dropped it before the goal line. We showed that play on one of our team meetings on learning from others. It was a headsy play, and I’m glad that one guy out of 120 took that message and did something with it.” — Barry Odom


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Half full or half empty for Missouri football? Next three weeks will answer that

Consistency has been the biggest downfall in the Barry Odom era, and the next three weeks will define the future of this program

Barry Odom cracked a can of Coke, took a sip. He put it off to the side of a Mizzou football step-and-repeat, and approached the podium.

Looking down, he took a breath and then addressed the media.

The gravity of what happened — and what nearly happened — in a 43-29 loss to second-ranked Georgia was obvious.

“It hurts when you pour everything you’ve got into preparing,” Odom said. “It rips at your soul.”

“The self-inflicted things that we did allowed that game to go the way that it did,” Odom went on to say.

Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full fan? Because this was a bi-partisan defeat against the Bulldogs — one of the elite teams in the nation, to be sure.

Let’s start with the half-empty. Let’s actually start with the first word of that description:

Half.

Under Barry Odom, Missouri has been halfway there multiple times. Last season against Georgia, Missouri went punch-for-punch with the Bulldogs for a half. After a 1-5 start to the 2017 regular season, Missouri showed up for a 6-0 second half.

Again on Saturday, Missouri was halfway there. Except it was the defense that showed up in the first half, to keep the game a relatively close 20-7 at halftime despite Georgia scoring two touchdowns on returns (a fumble return by CB Tyson Campbell and a blocked punt return by DB JJ Stokes).

By the time Missouri’s offense showed up (a relative term in a day where Drew Lock went 23-for-48 for 221 yards and an interception), the defense faded. Like a climber above his altitude, the oxygen wore thin.

It was a two-touchdown loss that felt tantalizingly closer. It was a two-touchdown loss that Missouri could have avoided, absent those killer mistakes that have become all-too-common in the biggest games under Odom.

“I think the goal now is just playing a complete game,” receiver Nate Brown said.

That’s something we’ve yet to see so far in the biggest games under Odom — think the Texas Bowl or even the win against Purdue a week ago. Sure, Missouri looked stellar to end last season against teams in a run-out-the-clock scenario.

But we haven’t seen that marquee, complete performance in a meaningful game under Odom.

“You see where being halfway gets us,” offensive lineman Kevin Pendleton said. “It gets us a (14) point loss to the No. 2 team in the country.”

And here’s the glass-half-full view of that 14-point loss to the No. 2 team in the country:

Despite the self-inflicted wounds, despite the failure for a complete effort in the biggest game of the season — this team still feels different. I’ve said that from the season-opener, from the win against Wyoming, even the ugly win over Purdue.

This 2018 Missouri football team has a resiliency that wasn’t there for the first season and a half under Odom.

Pendleton, a redshirt senior who has been a part of this tumultuous part of Missouri history, said as much to his teammates after the game.

“We have something special in that locker room,” Pendleton said to his teammates. “I believe it to my core. The second we do play a complete game, we’ll be a scary team.”

I believe that. Missouri didn’t get out-athleted by Georgia. The Bulldogs have an undeniably elite roster — throw a dart at it, blindfolded, and odds are you hit a former 5-star recruit. But Missouri wasn’t bullied or bossed around. Missouri didn’t lose the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball.

Players played through injuries. Emanuel Hall and Nate Brown weren’t 100-percent; Cam Hilton had a heavy cast on his right hand after breaking his thumb against Purdue. He only became limited in the second half, and even then, he still came into the game on every third down.

“Those guys showed me some things this week,” Odom said, “on the way they went and approached and fought through some things like that — I can’t say we would have done that last year. I know we wouldn’t have done that two years ago.”

“We’ve matured,” Pendleton said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that have been through some adversity, been in that position where we either make it or we break. A lot of times, like Coach Odom said, two years ago we would have (broken), start doubting ourselves, start worrying about what everyone else was doing instead of turning to yourself and asking, ‘What can I do to make it better?’.

“That was a big point on the sideline. Look at yourself. What are you doing to help the team win and make plays work?”

When Missouri’s defense broke in the second half, surrendering touchdowns of 33, 61 and 54 yards, the offense answered each with a touchdown. But those self-inflicted mistakes of the first half were too much, and the two touchdown returns proved to be the final score differential.

What comes next for Missouri may be the biggest moment of this program since 2014. What comes next may define Barry Odom’s tenure and the future of Missouri football. Because, make no mistake, Missouri is at a crossroads again.

It’s halfway to something. The direction is up to them.

A year ago, we laughed at Odom’s bonfire pep-talk speech. We laughed because Missouri had yet to do anything on the field under his watch that backed up that talk. We were silenced by what came next.

Now, Odom and Pendleton’s comments about the make-up and resiliency of Missouri’s team carry more weight, because they showed us last year. A loss to Georgia — especially in this manner — does not derail this season.

It’s how Missouri answers that will define it. Because with what we’ve seen, Missouri can still be a nine-win regular-season team. That’s a hell of a season for Missouri football, even if we were spoiled by the stretches in 2007-2008 and 2013-2014.

Toward the end of Odom’s press conference, a question made him stop.

How have you grown in how you handle a game like this?

Odom’s silence lasted nearly ten full seconds before he made a joke to deflect.

“Um, silence is deadly, right?,” Odom said, to nervous laughter.

“You look at ways you can always improve yourself, your coaching staff, your organization, your teams, your relationships,” Odom began. “The way that you pour everything into it, in every angle and area. And, I think if you do that with blinders on, and just go work, and everyday you come in and try to make Mizzou football better than it was the day before, and then you do that consistently, and you get a room full of guys in your staff room, and a locker room full of guys that have the same mindset, the same vision, the same mission, then you start moving forward.

“And we have. We’ve taken a lot of steps. We’ve got to take the next step.”

The next step is a bye week. Then at South Carolina and at top-ranked Alabama.

“It’s a focal point for this program, honestly,” Pendleton said.

Missouri’s direction will be clear after that stretch.


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Mistakes Hurt: Tigers Make Too Many in Loss to No. 2 Georgia

Missouri hung in there with the second-ranked Bulldogs, but didn’t play a clean enough game to pull off the upset.

Missed tackles, missed opportunities, and missed assignments.

It’s easy to blame the referees for Missouri’s 43-29 loss to the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers played an incredibly sloppy game.

Although Missouri blocked a field goal with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and trailed by just 11, it hardly felt like they were in the game. Countless turnovers, a blocked punt, and poor secondary play late attributed to the Tigers’ demise.

Missouri corner Christian Holmes ripped a pass from a Georgia receiver for a turnover in the game’s very first possession, building some momentum early for the Tigers. The offense was driving down the field when Lock found Albert Okuwegbunam on an out route. The tight end muscled his way to the first down marker, but fumbled a Georgia defender found himself in the end zone shortly after.

Early in the second quarter, wide receiver Johnathon Johnson found himself wide open in the middle of the field on a dig route. Drew Lock hit him in stride, but Johnson let it through his hands, as the ball bounced off his chest and right into a Georgia defender’s hands.

As if those two plays weren’t enough of a dagger, Tucker McCann had a field goal that was ruled a miss; but upon looking at the replay, it seemed like it should’ve been good(INSERT LINK TO THAT THERE). To add to that, Georgia receiver Mecole Hardman seemed to have dropped a ball prior to crossing the goal line on a 54-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter(INSERT LINK TO THAT HERE).

It was just one of those days.

Missouri’s defense, to the surprise of many, looked stout in the first half, allowing just a single touchdown to the Georgia offense. They clogged up gaps, stepped up in crucial third down situations, and limited Jake Fromm’s production.

Then the second half rolled around.

Running lanes got bigger and Fromm picked on a weak Missouri secondary. He completed two long touchdown passes — one for 61 yards and the other for 54.

Lock’s achilles’ heel throughout his career has been games against ranked teams. His stat-line may not show it, but he did everything he could, as Georgia’s secondary played a very solid game.

The Missouri receivers dropped passes, receivers couldn’t get open (Emanuel Hall was held catch-less by Georgia’s star corner Deandre Baker), and Lock was pressured throughout. With that being said, going **INSERT STATS** isn’t too shabby against one of the nation’s better defenses.

“There’s not a quarterback in the country I’d rather have than Drew Lock,” head coach Barry Odom said in a press conference following Saturday’s loss.

For as many negatives there are to take away from this game, there are just as many positives. Missouri’s front seven, especially Terry Beckner Jr, played an impressive game. Although the second half wasn’t their best, they showed in the first half they’re capable of getting pressure on the quarterback and snuff runs up the middle against any team.

On a day where the Tigers made stupid mistakes, gave up a special teams touchdown and couldn’t get it clicking on offense, somehow, they hung in there tough with the second-best team in the nation. They showed a lot of heart throughout, never giving up until the final whistle.

A year ago (before the winning streak), you wouldn’t see that from Missouri. Going into two pivotal games against South Carolina and No. 1 Alabama, that attitude will be a major factor in how well this team keeps itself composed in its two toughest road games of 2018.

With SEC play officially underway as well, it’s promising that such a sloppy game as this one still kept the Tigers within reach. It’s a solid sign to how talented this team really is.

Two of the more talented players on Missouri’s offense — running backs Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III — saw their slow starts to 2018 come to an end, with a nice contribution from true freshman Tyler Badie to add on top of it. All three had a rushing touchdown, as they combined for 150 yards rushing on 33 carries (4.55 ypc). Crockett ran for 67 yards, Badie for 50, and Rountree for 33.

Another good sign for Missouri was that they didn’t get “out-athlete’d”. There weren’t any glaring plays to where a corner got burned down the field (missed tackles and assignments led to some long touchdowns), and the battle at the line of scrimmage was extremely even throughout.

The Tigers have the talent to be able to compete with anyone in the country if everything is clicking, but road trips to Columbia (S.C.) and Tuscaloosa will prove just how much Missouri can accomplish this season.


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Mistakes on offense, Lock’s sloppy play doom Mizzou in 43-29 loss to No. 2 Georgia – Kansas City Star


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Mistakes on offense, Lock's sloppy play doom Mizzou in 43-29 loss to No. 2 Georgia
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Barry Odom, Derek Dooley and Drew Lock all blew a chance to answer their critics on Saturday as Missouri lost 43-29 to No. 2 Georgia at Memorial Stadium. Lock threw for 221 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in front of 15 NFL scouts, missing ...
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HALFTIME TAKES: Missouri trails Georgia 20-7 in the manner we all expected

We knew Missouri’s defense would lead the way, right?

Missouri’s defense is playing as well as you could hope, and then some.

The defense has given up six total points — two Rodrigo Blankenship field goals — and held Georgia to three of those points after a drive started at Missouri’s 7-yard line. Cam Hilton is having the game of his life so far with three big tackles and one for loss; Terry Beckner, Jr. out old-manned Georgia’s offensive line for a fourth-down stop.

Georgia has 148 total yards, averaging 4.6 yards per play. If you told me those numbers, I’d say Missouri would be comfortably in the lead.

HOWEVER...

Missouri’s offense is playing as poorly as you could fear, and then some.

Listen, some of these plays have been fluky. The Drew Lock interception off Johnathon Johnson’s shoulder pad and the JJ Stokes blocked punt (with his face) that bounces right to him for a touchdown return come to mind. But Missouri’s offensive line is getting outclassed, and Missouri’s secondary is getting worked — there’s been no separation downfield at all.

Drew Lock isn’t missing windows. There are no windows to be found. Missouri’s receivers are boarded up like a hurricane is approaching.

Derek Dooley is going to have to design some quick-hitters to get the ball to Emanuel Hall, Tyler Badie and Jalen Knox in space. Short passes need to be identified quickly, and allow those guys to make a play after the catch. Because right now, Georgia’s defensive line is getting too much pressure and Missouri’s offense isn’t getting anything to counter that.

Missouri should likely have at least three more points, but the Albert O fumble shows the worst part of being a fan.

Tucker McCann’s first field goal was good. I really don’t know how the officials botched this. But Albert Okwuegbunam’s fumble, returned for a TD by Tyson Campbell? Yeah, they probably could have blown that dead before the fumble; but before he drops the ball, you want Okwuegbunam to have a chance to get a first down. His 265-pound frame against two Georgia defensive backs? You hope — at first — they DON’T blow it dead.

It is what it is. But this game pretty clearly should be 20-10. Doesn’t mean a whole lot, but that’s certainly more palatable than a (nearly) 2-TD deficit.

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LOOK: Did officials cost Missouri three points against Georgia? – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Trailing 7-0 early in the game, Missouri had to settle for a 41-yard FG by Tucker McCann. His kick was no good. Or was it? See below: Pretty sure this field goal was good. pic.twitter.com/qGxvg5fgmm. — Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) ...

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Trailing 7-0 early in the game, Missouri had to settle for a 41-yard FG by Tucker McCann. His kick was no good. Or was it? See below: Pretty sure this field goal was good. pic.twitter.com/qGxvg5fgmm. — Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) ...

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LOOK: Did officials cost Missouri three points against Georgia?

This field goal looks good, right?

Trailing 7-0 early in the game, Missouri had to settle for a 41-yard FG by Tucker McCann. His kick was no good.

Or was it?

See below:

That, uh, looks like a made field goal to me.

Missouri held Georgia to a punt on the ensuing drive, but if this game is close at the end, that won’t be ignored.


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WATCH: Referee sets key block on Georgia fumble-return TD vs. Mizzou – Saturday Down South


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FINAL: Missouri falls 43-29 to No. 2 Georgia in an inconsistent performance

Missouri are big ‘dogs against the ‘Dawgs. Sounds like a good day for an upset

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri football hosts Georgia on Saturday in a key SEC East matchup.

Both the Tigers and the Bulldogs enter the game with 3-0 records, but they’ve gotten there in different ways. Georgia has throttled its first three opponents, including running roughshod over South Carolina in its SEC opener.

Missouri did the same against its first two opponents, but in its first game against a Power 5 opponent, the Tigers were gashed by Purdue and won on a last-second field goal.

Drew Lock will get his yards against a Bulldogs defense that’s only gotten one sack in three games; but can Missouri’s defense do anything to slow down Jake Fromm and Georgia’s balanced offensive attack?

Missouri-Georgia football: Live updates, stats, analysis

11:29 3Q, Georgia 27, Missouri 7: Missouri goes three-and-out on the first drive. Georgia picks on Adam Sparks with three completions on its drive, including a 33-yard TD from Fromm to Hardman for the likely killer.

7:50 3Q Georgia 27, Missouri 14: Missouri gets bailed out by a gift of a call on third-down deep in Georgia territory, where a roughing-the-passer on Jeremiah Ledbetter erased an incompletion, giving Missouri a first down. Crockett runs for a 6-yard TD on the ensuing play and Missouri stays within an arm’s reach of Georgia for a little longer.

6:59 3Q Georgia 33, Missouri 14: Jeremiah Holloman catches a 61-yard touchdown pass from Jake Fromm after a missed tackle by Acy, and he drops the ball at the goal line. Very well may have been a fumble, but no replay could reverse it so the call stood. Georgia’s 2-point conversion is no good.

1:33 3Q Georgia 33, Missouri 22: Missouri answers again on its third rushing touchdown of the game, this time a 3-yard run by Tyler Badie, and Lock threads a needle to Okwegbunam for a 2-point conversion to keep this one interesting.

14:52 4Q, Georgia 40, Missouri 22: Joshuah Bledsoe gets caught with his eyes upfield and gets BURNED by Mecole Hardman for a long touchdown pass to almost assuredly seal this one.

10:47 4Q, Georgia 40, Missouri 29: Missouri keeps it interesting, again, with another long, methodical drive ending in a Drew Lock touchdown run. Need a stop and/or a turnover on the next two Georgia drives to have a shot.

6:08 4Q, Georgia 40, Missouri 29: Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Missouri is still alive. Walter Palmore blocks a Blankenship field goal attempt and Missouri has a chance.

4:58 4Q, Georgia 40, Missouri 29: The ninth life is likely up here. Missouri is short on fourth down. Odom is challenging; if not overturned, it’s Georgia ball at Missouri’s 41.

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HALFTIME Georgia 20, Missouri 7: Nearly a diaster finish to the half for Missouri. On third down from just across midfield, Lock gets hit as he throws and it’s ruled a fumble, recovered by Georgia at the 45. Georgia doesn’t get any points however, and Missouri holds them on fourth down. Missouri nearly turns the ball over again, but Pendleton recovers a fumble and Missouri lets the half run out.

Missouri is somehow only down 13 points despite three turnovers, and the Tigers get the ball to start the second half. But the Tigers aren’t going to stand a chance if the offense — especially the passing gam — doesn’t get something going.

13:51 2Q Georgia 10, Missouri 7: Georgia finds some room on the ground early, but the drive stalls and Missouri holds the Bulldogs to a Rodrigo Blankenship field goal. DE Nate Anderson dropped back in coverage on third down and made a nice tackle to force the field goal.

11:07 2Q Georgia 13, Missouri 7: A crossing-route bullet to Johnathon Johnson bounces off his shoulder, intercepted by UGA DB Tae Crowder and returned to Missouri’s 7. Tigers’ defense stands tall, gives up 3 yards on 3 plays, and Georgia settles for another field goal.

7:17 2Q Georgia 13, Missouri 7: Missouri’s defense holds once again, forcing Georgia to settle for a 49-yard FG attempt which is no good. Cam Hilton had a HUGE third-down stop in the backfield. He’s having a hell of a game so far.

Defensive battle, just like we all thought?

5:45 2Q Georgia 20, Missouri 7: Missouri goes 3-and-out and Fatoney’s punt is blocked, returned for a touchdown by JJ Stokes. Missouri is doing well on defense and losing this game in all other facets.

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Pre-game: Missouri CB Demarkus Acy is dressed out and going through drills, so all signs point to him being a starter and full contributor today after the concussion he suffered on the first play against Purdue. That’s good news for the Missouri secondary.

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9:01 1Q, Georgia 7, Missouri 0: Christian Holmes makes a heckuva play on a slow out-route pass from Jake Fromm to Mecole Hardman, just took the ball away from him for a pick. After a 20-yard completion to Badie, Missouri had to redo the down. Okwuegbunam fumbles on the ensuing play and Tyson Campbell recovers and returns for a touchdown.

7:04 1Q, Georgia 7, Missouri 0: Promising Mizzou drive ends after a dropped first-down pass by Kendall Blanton, a tipped ball on third down and then a missed 41-yard FG by Tucker McCann.

Drive of the game coming up. Don’t see Missouri coming back from an early two-possession deficit against this Georgia team.

2:03 1Q, Georgia 7, Missouri 7: Huge answer by Missouri. Tigers defense held Georgia to a three and out, and then methodically marched down the field for a 7-yard TD run by Rountree to tie the game.

15:00 2Q, Georgia 7, Missouri 7

First-quarter stats:

Missouri-Georgia football: Time, TV channel

Time: 11 am CT

Date: Saturday, Sept. 22

Location: Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo.

TV: ESPN

Missouri-Georgia football: How to watch online

Fans can watch Missouri-Georgia football online at WatchESPN.com.

Missouri-Georgia football: Betting odds, game predictions

Missouri is a 14 to 14 12 point underdog against Georgia, according to VegasInsider.com. The average game line is 66 points.

Missouri-Georgia preview, predictions

Pete Scantlebury: I’m all-aboard the Drew Lock Hype Train. He is playing the best ball of his career, and even more, he seems to have gone to the next level in understanding what everyone is doing on offense. Because of him, I think Missouri is in this game until the end of the third quarter... but then it gets away from the Tigers in the fourth, as Georgia’s ground game wears down the defense and wears down the clock. I’m predicting a 45-31 scoreline in favor of Georgia.

As for who has to ball out for Mizzou to win, it’s simple. They need to have a star performance at each level of the defense. I’m saying Terry Beckner, Terez Hall (Cale Garrett is great, but Hall can be more disruptive) and Cam Hilton all need to have the game of their lives to win on Saturday.

Mitch Hill: This is a Mizzou page after all, so let’s have some fun. Mizzou 41 Georgia 34. TBJ is going to have a BIG game. MIZ.

Jack Parodi: I’d love to be a homer and say Mizzou is going to pull off the upset, but I’m gonna be real here: Georgia 48, Missouri 38. All I’ve got to say is good teams win, great teams cover (the line is UGA -15.5). Middle linebacker Cale Garrett will have to have a big game if Missouri’s defense will slow down Fromm and the Georgia offense. Not only will his physical play of reading gaps to stop the run be crucial, but the mental game of reading Georgia’s formations and putting his defense in the right positions to succeed will be extremely important as well.


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POLL! Which true freshman will make the biggest impact against Georgia?

Mizzou has seen a number of true freshman make big contributions so far. Which will play the biggest role against the Dawgs?

It’s not uncommon that a true freshman would come in and land regular roles on a Power 5 football team. Be it out of necessity or impressing coaches in camp, true freshmen often find ways to avoid the first-year redshirt.

However, it is a bit of a rarity to see these youngsters come in and be mainstays of production. Take our four answers in Friday’s poll for example:

Jalen Knox: 3 games played; 10 receptions, 169 yards, 1 touchdown

Tyler Badie: 3 games played; 33 carries, 139 net yards; 1 reception, 20 yards

Jarvis Ware: 3 games played; 1 tackle

Nick Bolton: 3 games played; 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks

All three of these freshmen have been regularly in the rotation over the past few games. We’ve talked about Nick Bolton on Speaker’s Circle and everyone has noticed the ways Knox and Badie have become important members of a dynamic offense.

Clearly, the results follow in step. While Ware and Bolton have become important members of the defensive rotation, Badie and Knox have cemented their importance to the offense. Both had big days in Mizzou’s tight win against Purdue last week, with Badie playing over Rountree and Crockett on the game-winning drive. Knox, meanwhile, turned in his first 100-yard game and added a long touchdown.

However, we shouldn’t overlook the importance of those on defense. Bolton, Ware and others — think Trajan Jeffcoat — are learning more every day, and coaches have been high on them so far. It could be just a matter of time until we hear about more true freshman in the Sunday headlines.


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LOOK: Mizzou unveils new helmet for Georgia game

All Gold Everything.

Missouri announced its uniforms for Georgia on Friday, but on Saturday morning, it announced a slight audible.

For the first time in school history, Missouri will be in all-gold from head to toe.

Missouri is undefeated in this uniform combination, of course. By my calculations, the last three times Missouri has unveiled a new helmet, the Tigers have won (going back to BYU in 2015).

Missouri hosts Georgia at 11 am CT on ESPN.


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Georgia vs. Missouri odds, start time and line: Picks and predictions from model on 31-16 roll – CBSSports.com


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Quick Hitters: What Missouri needs to do to upset Georgia

Here’s your pre-game read.

1. Force Georgia to be one dimensional on offense

We saw Missouri’s defense get essentially torched by the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue’s quarterback, David Blough, threw for 572 yards (a Purdue single-game high record) and three touchdowns. The defensive game plan seemed to revolve heavily around man coverage, at least early before Missouri went to a zone later in the game — and Purdue subsequently found openings underneath.

A big question is whether Missouri will switch their coverages up against Georgia. If matching up against Purdue’s talent in a man-to-man defense was an issue than I expect it to only be worse against Georgia. The Bulldogs boast a better quarterback in Jake Fromm, better offensive line, and far better receiver options, like Riley Ridley and Terry Godwin. If the Tigers elect to play a similar man to man coverage with little help over top the Georgia receivers will have a field day. The pass rush for this Missouri team will need to step up big time to make coverage responsibilities for both the linebackers and defensive backs easier. If the Tigers can force Georgia to run the ball and keep it a low-possession game then it will limit Georgia’s opportunities to score.

The one thing the Tigers can’t allow is for Georgia to become comfortable in both the pass and run.

2. Drew Lock needs to have a great game and it’s up to the offensive line to put him in a position to succeed.

Against Purdue, Drew Lock played a great game.

One thing that came as a surprise was the lack of pass protection at some moments during the Purdue game. Georgia will be far more talented on defense than Purdue. If Missouri wants to win it will need big plays. Lock’s hot start to the season has been greatly helped by his ability to make big plays to wide receivers Emmanuel Hall and Jalen Knox. Georgia’s front seven is more talented (although it only has one sack so far), and Lock may have trouble hitting those big plays we’re accustomed to him making.

The Georgia defense has allowed only two plays greater than 20 yards, compared to other powers like Alabama and Ohio State which have allowed over ten 20-yard plays. A lot of the Missouri offense this year is predicated on that big pass.

For Missouri to put points up on this Georgia defense they are going to need big plays from Emanuel Hall and Larry Rountree.


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A legacy opportunity awaits Drew Lock

This is his first chance to write a new legacy.

Drew Lock, your legacy awaits you.

Up until this point, Lock’s legacy at Missouri has been defined by resiliency. By stats. By records. By chips-on-his-shoulder.

It hasn’t been defined by wins. It especially hasn’t been defined by put-the-nation-on-notice wins.

Missouri’s game against No. 2 Georgia on Saturday provides Lock the opportunity to do just that. It’s not going to be decided just by Lock — Missouri’s defense will have to outrun its headlights, and the rest of the offense will have to match Georgia blow-for-blow. But a transcendent quarterback can mask a lot of issues.

Lock did that against Purdue. That was a stepping-stone game. Lock has been 3-0 once before in his career. That was his freshman year, and he wasn’t the starter yet. The wheels hadn’t fallen off the bus of that season at that point. He’d never been 3-0 as a starter; hell, he’d never even been 2-0 until this season.

Georgia is a legacy game.

A win against Georgia would almost assuredly provide Lock with his early-season Heisman moment. A win against Georgia would catapult Missouri into the Top-25. A win against Georgia would almost assuredly be one of the biggest Missouri upsets in the last quarter century.

If Lock can orchestrate that — and then subsequently lead this team to nine regular-season wins — then there’s a new lead chapter in Lock’s legacy at Missouri.

True Son. Record Breaker.

Giant Killer.

Missouri-Georgia football: Time, TV channel

Time: 11 am CT

Date: Saturday, Sept. 22

Location: Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo.

TV: ESPN

Missouri-Georgia football: How to watch online

Fans can watch Missouri-Georgia football online at WatchESPN.com.

Missouri-Georgia football: Betting odds, game predictions

Missouri is a 14 to 14 12 point underdog against Georgia, according to VegasInsider.com. The average game line is 66 points.

Missouri-Georgia preview, predictions

Pete Scantlebury: I’m all-aboard the Drew Lock Hype Train. He is playing the best ball of his career, and even more, he seems to have gone to the next level in understanding what everyone is doing on offense. Because of him, I think Missouri is in this game until the end of the third quarter... but then it gets away from the Tigers in the fourth, as Georgia’s ground game wears down the defense and wears down the clock. I’m predicting a 45-31 scoreline in favor of Georgia.

As for who has to ball out for Mizzou to win, it’s simple. They need to have a star performance at each level of the defense. I’m saying Terry Beckner, Terez Hall (Cale Garrett is great, but Hall can be more disruptive) and Cam Hilton all need to have the game of their lives to win on Saturday.

Mitch Hill: This is a Mizzou page after all, so let’s have some fun. Mizzou 41 Georgia 34. TBJ is going to have a BIG game. MIZ.

Jack Parodi: I’d love to be a homer and say Mizzou is going to pull off the upset, but I’m gonna be real here: Georgia 48, Missouri 38. All I’ve got to say is good teams win, great teams cover (the line is UGA -15.5). Middle linebacker Cale Garrett will have to have a big game if Missouri’s defense will slow down Fromm and the Georgia offense. Not only will his physical play of reading gaps to stop the run be crucial, but the mental game of reading Georgia’s formations and putting his defense in the right positions to succeed will be extremely important as well.


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POLL! Which player (or unit) is most important to Mizzou this Saturday against Georgia?

Twitter weighed in... now you can!

Mizzou is 3-0 and there is a BIG game tomorrow if you did not know already against Georgia who is pretty good. It is going to take a great game from many Mizzou players, but which one (or unit) is most important? Here is what Twitter had to say:

Not a huge surprise here, but after the lack-luster showing at Purdue, many people are focusing on the secondary as the most important unit for the game against Georgia, which makes sense because Jake Fromm is a pretty darn good quarterback.

Personally, I am looking for a big game from TBJ. If he causes chaos up front like we all know he can, that will make the game that much easier for the entire defensive unit.

Here are some of the replies:

All in favor of a Heisman like performance from Drew Lock say “I!”

Pound. The. Rock.

These are two great choices and I regret not putting Fatony on here, honestly.

Pretty Simple. That would usually translate to a W, right?

Now, it’s your turn to vote! Let us know what you think in the comments or let me know on Twitter @Mhill_.

Be sure to keep an eye out on the Rock M Nation Twitter page for more fun polls and topics. And thanks for voting!


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The Lazy Fan’s Guide to Week 4 of the SEC Season

The schedule looks better than it truly is, but hey, football!

Well, week 3 was quite the spectacle, was it not? We had a couple of great games, some real clunkers and quite a few head scratchers that could impact the way your pickers view the season going forward.

Before we get to all that, we just have to say Coach O, whatever it is your doing in Louisiana, we’re sorry we doubted you. I can’t understand 90% of the words that come out of your mouth, but holy hell, you’ve got it going down there. And Arkansas, you are a disgrace! All the nonsense we heard (and still hear) about Mizzou not being “right” for the conference, well you don’t see us losing to directional colleges at home …lately! Get it together Hogs. Actually don’t, it’s far more amusing to watch you flail. (And again. let’s all remember how hilarious the fake fair catch was. You be you, North Texas!)

Last week we saw trap games all over the place and we were burnt in two spots, we’ll know better going forward.

To the records!

Picker Correct Picks Incorrect Picks Overall Records
kristina 9 correct 2 incorrect 19 wins, 4 losses
Chris 9 correct 2 incorrect 18 wins, 5 losses

Again, not too bad. We both bricked on LSU and we bought into the whole Arkansas being not a disaster, but I’m betting we get or got wise going forward. But really, who saw LSU going into Auburn and getting it done, and in such a fashion no less. The SEC, it just means more and that more is your whacky drunk uncle who will pass out on the sofa on Thanksgiving after knocking over your mother’s center piece.

Let’s move on, and get to the games. As we’ve made a habit, we’re switching up how we rate the games, last week, the BBQ sides caused some interesting discussion (apparently Greenchile needs to school Chris on sides), we’ve decided to go back to the well a little bit. This week the games will be based on “late night snacks”, which I (Chris) will admit I don’t do, so my games will be ranked on late night drunk food, since that’s the only time I (Chris) do eat late. (Editor’s note: Fairly sure most of these options will be with the understanding one is drunk.)

To the games!

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 11:00 AM Mizzou #2 Georgia Shakes, Trops, Booches, Berg, Quarter Draws ESPN WatchESPN

The day starts off with the best game (in our opinion) and the potential for a sad nap is definitely a possibility. Georgia looks extremely strong and have yet to really play their starters in the second half, and at all in the fourth quarter, so they’re also extremely rested. This is the biggest game in Columbia in Barry Odom’s tenure and it would be NICE to see the Tigers come out strong and really put something on the Dawgs. Does the morning start help or hurt either team? Can Mizzou actually maybe play Defense against one of the best QBs in the SEC? All these questions and more as we head into a Saturday that will tell us all about something.

Scale of Watchability: Big Slice. Gaze on its glory.For those of you who are not from DC, never traveled to DC, or watched the Food Channel, Big Slice pizza is what you eat after an evening out in DC, specifically Adams Morgan (my old neighborhood that I miss). And there are two places, to go, and you have to have an opinion on which one is better. The original is better, it’s huge, it’s hot, it’s delicious and it is the perfect ending to a night out. Also, it only tastes good after a few drinks, ok a lot of drinks. Fun fact, my wife tried to start sh*t with a guy in a Duke shirt because in her words, Duke shirts are not allowed in the District.

Paired Drink: Morning time, morning tailgating, survey says…WHITE RUSSIAN! It’s got a bit of a morning feel, you get to vibe like the Dude and it’ll get you in the mood for the day to come.

kristina: I’ll assume a few comments will start the debate of who really loves / hates the Big Lebowski. Either way, one of the more quotable movies for sure. Uh, I’ll try not to watch this game? Joking aside, I’m trying to think positive, but yeah, Bulldogs. Is this a bad time to mention my girls at one point had Duke shirts? I mean, at least it’s early so no one goes to bed totally drunk and upset if we lose?

Chris: I want to believe that Mizzou will pull this off..I REALLY DO. But I just don’t see it. Georgia right now, is the class of the East and it is they that will have to be sacrificed to Bama in Atlanta this December. But damn if I don’t want to be wrong. For Mizzou to pull this off, they’re going to have to get great pressure and the offense is going to have to be perfect. And I don’t think our Tigers can…Georgia wins, old man football wins and the sad naps ensue.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 11:00 AM Ole Miss Kent State The Home Where Satire Was Invented SEC Network WatchESPN

So Ole Miss fans at least enjoyed the first minute of last week, amirite? Though given the particular bar we were at lied (for shame!) and couldn’t get the B1G network, we got to watch our tigers on a phone and watched Ole Miss get thrashed on the big screen. It’s almost like watching one of those Nat-Geo specials where the lion just toys with its prey for an hour. So now they host the Kent State Golden Flashes (apparently the mascot’s an eagle), who also didn’t have any fun last Saturday.

Scale of Watchability: The frozen store-bought version of White Castles. If you’re going to do the “I’m drunk and need a whitey” mode right, just find (somehow) a sober friend or uber over to an actual White Castle. (This is for the crowd that has them locally, obviously) They just don’t taste remotely like the actual thing. It’s such a sad panda version. And yes, that (drunk) is the only time I have ever had white castles.

Paired Drink: Another morning option with a Bloody Mary, but you failed and picked a really awful premixed version and now you’re stuck with it. Honestly, I have a relative who drinks the stuff straight / no booze. People actually do that? If, and like we need any more fodder for food arguments, her go-to is Zing Zang. Commence dispute on pre-made booze mixes. I mean, y’all did spend half a day on pizza.

kristina: This feels like it’ll be a blow-out or Ole Miss is going to pull an Arky and really screw things up. Ole Miss, enjoy it now and have fun, you get LSU next. Quit giving up touchdowns so quickly. Least we won giving up 500+ yards! (Uh, too soon? Let’s not do that again.)

Chris: So, last week Ole Miss scored on the opening drive of the game against Bama and then, poof, that was it. Bama could have put a hundred on them if they felt like it. Luckily Kent State comes to town this weekend and that should help them get right. Did you know that both Nick Saban and Gary Pinkel went to Kent State??? I know, that’s news to you, it’s where they learned, “the process” from Don James….FACT! Anyway, Gary and Nick’s alma mater will get the hell beat out of them early in the morning this Saturday, it’s just gonna happen.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 2:30 PM #1 Alabama #22 Texas A&M RVs for Days Son CBS CBS Sports Network

Last week we talked about how the Alabama v Ole Miss game looked good on paper, but would actually be a waxing of epic proportions, remember that? Well consider this the sequel! Bama is taking on a ranked team from its division and people that want good football will convince themselves that A&M has a chance to pull the upset in the afternoon slot on CBS. I mean Johnny Manziel and Sumlin did it in 2012, what’s to stop this year’s version. Well folks, reality…reality will stop this from happening.

Scale of Watchability: Leftover Chinese Food. And it’s got to be served cold. Like this game (and like last week’s game with Bama) this will taste awesome at first as you scarf it down after you made the mistake of having a shot of Jack to close out your night. Then the next morning, your hands and face will be covered in a greasy film and you’ll wonder what you did with your life…which is what you will be wondering after wasting your afternoon with this game.

Paired Drink: For a beating of Texas A&M, I think it only appropriate that you slam a bunch of vodka cranberries. The cranberry juice will help with digestion and the vodka will help with the inebriation.

kristina: I forget where I saw it, but someone pegged ‘Bama as the flying death machine. Eh, yeah, pretty much. But it can’t be fried rice, that’s just not good cold at all. That rice noodle deal with the scrambled egg is tasty anytime though. Obviously, until they lose, can’t go against them. ‘Bama.

Chris: Until anyone shows a pulse against Bama there’s no way I’m picking against them…NONE. A&M fared well against Clemson and that’s what people will remember, but they’re going to get lit up by at least three touchdowns to Bama, at least.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 3:00 PM Vanderbilt South Carolina Bachelorette Parties as far as the eye can see... SEC Network WatchESPN

So Vandy’s coming off a loss to Notre Dame while SC had the week off ‘cause of the weather if you weren’t aware. No love lost between Mason and Kelly as to what constitutes “bad football.” (Mason’s “Brian Kelly can take his comments and keep it moving” is a nice PC way of saying..............)anyway.........road game for SC, who, at last look, is only favored by 2.5 points. Speaking of the weather, there’s a chance for storms and a 60% chance for rain, so this could be fun. Slip and slide time! At least we’re hoping.

Scale of Watchability: Nachos. Like the fully loaded type with all the good stuff, not the basic “chips and cheese” variety. Go all out. Taken from reddit, someone please tell me this actually works? “Nacho Pro Tip - line the bottom of the pan with a couple of flour tortillas. When the nachos are finished all the fallen toppings and extra cheese can be rolled up into the tortillas like a bonus snack!” I mean, it makes sense?

Paired Drink: A cheap beer. (Anything but Coors light, you need to save that for later.) You can drink it as quickly as you go through the nachos. Cold nachos are, well, not such a good idea. This also depends if you went with the right cheese, of course. (Obviously the parts that are supposed to be warm, before the pedants attack.)

kristina: I don’t think Vandy being at home is all that much of a plus, but let’s stir up some disagreeing for once, ‘cause how boring was last week. I’ll suck it up and take Vandy, though I only saw the first half of their Notre Dame game, and welp, that was not the right half to watch for decent football. (This feels like a bad decision still, though)

Chris: Both teams have looked quite competent this season haven’t they? SC hasn’t played a game in two weeks so the Cocks are well rested and probably bristling with rage to hit someone that isn’t their teammates. I assume all football players feel this way at all time, just time bombs that are ready to go off on Saturday. Then in the offseason they take up painting to quell that rage monster. South Carolina engulfs Vandy on the road and probably pick up a couple of bonehead penalties in the process.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 6:00 PM #6 LSU Louisiana Tech SET MIKE FREE!!! ESPNU WatchESPN

Ed O, I had you wrong…you clearly do know what you’re doing, just like your acting in The Blindside, just stellar. Did anyone really see LSU going into Auburn and doing what they did? I certainly didn’t, and if you did, kudos. But is Auburn any good, or is LSU just that good? Nothing is real anymore and I just don’t know what to make of things, up is down, left is right, it’s a giant mess.

Scale of Watchability: Yogurt, Greek Yogurt. Now again, I don’t eat late at night, but the crappiest thing I’ve eaten after an evening was greek yogurt because someone told me that it would help settle things down. It did not. And the queasiness I felt with that yogurt, I now feel if I were to spend any time on this game.

Paired Drink: Coors Light. It’s a beer (sort of) and it will disappear faster than the time you spend watching this game.

kristina: Greek yogurt is one of those “it can be fairly tasty or it can be death.” Certain brands are just AWFUL. Healthy, yes. Inedible, yes. Easily LSU. Damnit, you had one job, Auburn.

Chris: The battle for Louisiana supremacy is won and lost in Baton Rouge this weekend. LSU will win and let’s just move on to their next real game so we can see what is actually happening in this topsy turvy SEC season.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 6:00 PM Kentucky #14 Mississippi State Jared Lorenzon, remember that guy? ESPN2 WatchESPN

So, slightly amusing, given we have a scale of watchability, at least a day or so ago, there were a lot of tickets still remaining for this one. Kentucky fans must really just divert to basketball even if their football team is winning? A win for Kentucky puts them at 4-0 for the first time in a decade. Maybe we’ll get another twitter / social media war like last year’s, those are always fun.

Scale of Watchability: Potato chips. I mean, especially if you’re drinking, you just sort of forget what you’re doing and by halftime the bag’s empty. But go with a staple, some of the chip flavors out there are just getting a little too silly. (Those ginger wasabi kettle chips, however, now those are legit. Uh, if they’re still around.) Clearly, whoever thought running with a cappuccino-flavored potato chip was beyond drunk at the time.

Paired drink: We’re in Kentucky, bourbon of course. But if you’re not into straight bourbon, and well, clearly there’s an issue there, try out some of these. And actually some of those sound really good so clearly this post is just costing us money.

kristina: Think my Vandy pick is a little too cute, so I’ll stick with State on this one. I really need to start doing these after mealtimes if we’re sticking with a food pairing every week.

Chris: FINALLY! Kentucky’s bubble will burst all over Kroger field and I will enjoy it verily! Oh State, do you guys mess this up. Win and win big. Put the Wildcats straight into basketball mode. DO IT! Mississippi State wins and Kentucky fans and I just agree this is for the best. You know Coach Cal won’t allow this winning to continue, no sir.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 6:00 PM Tennessee Florida Smokey is a Good BOY! ESPN WatchESPN

There was a time that these teams were relevant and mattered in football. It’s true! This is not the case anymore. Tennessee gets smoked by WVU, Florida is losing to Kentucky, things have certainly changed. But not that much when it comes to this matchup. These teams are fighting for the middle and what a fight it will be. The amount of conversations between these fanbases to see who can wax rhapsodic about the good old days would trump any cake vs pie and what’s a sandwich conversation on RMN now or back in the day. It’s going to be infuriating.

Scale of Watchability: Frozen pizza that you forget in the oven. You forget it and then you pass out and then your oven goes off and you wake up to a char grilled thing that used to resemble pizza, but you’ve had an evening so you eat the middle and worry about the clean up in the morning.

Paired Drink: Old fashioned! Old fashioned are quite tasty and are best served with a side of nostalgia and that’s what this game is a big heaping of nostalgia. YOU’RE BOTH IRRELEVANT!

kristina: Vols. Uh, sure. Not really confident either way I go, so we’ll again go with disparity, when will I ever learn?

Chris: I mean someone has to win and make a big statement about how they’ve righted the ship and their season right? Well that winner will be Florida. The Gators who couldn’t beat Kentucky at home, will somehow figure it out and beat up on UT because I find their defense to be suspect. Do they still do that irritating third down for what anymore? I hope not….By the Mizzou game Phil Fulmer will be coaching the Vols, pulling a Dick Cheney when he was in charge of the VP search for W, he just decided it was him, and that’s what Phil’s got going here, which is just perfect for this game!

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, September 22 6:30 PM #9 Auburn Arkansas It's an ongoing...investigation ESPN WatchESPN

Oh Arkansas, what are you doing? I mean, yes “kansas” is in your name, but knock it off. North Texas? You have to play to the whistle, guys! I mean, if you can’t beat Colorado State or North Texas, maybe y’all should just skip this one. Arky hasn’t won their SEC opener since 2010, and yeah, that’s not about to change, especially with Auburn coming off a last second loss. They’re not happy.

Scale of Watchability: That wrapped-up-in-foil leftovers you found in the back of the fridge, and you don’t even bother to heat them up. And then you dip in them some very generic bland ranch salad dressing without checking the expiration date and it’s just a bad night after that.

Paired Drink: A few shots of a very inexpensive tequila. Too many crappy tequila can make a night go ugly, and this one’s going to be ugly. Just set up your water and advil ahead of time.

kristina: It’d be a little funnier if they didn’t have a new coach. Auburn. It’s the exact opposite of Alabama. Until Arkansas can actually win a game, I can’t.............

Chris: Maybe since Arkansas is not playing a non conference team that wears green, that will somehow help them? Maybe playing on the road will also help them? Maybe Auburn will fake punt return the hell out of them all game long? So many questions, but the one answer is that Arkansas is just incompetent…they’re starting to look just like our Kansas, bad at football and whiney. Can’t wait to see you in Little Rock next year, where you never win. Auburn rolls and feels better after that loss they took to LSU and mumbling Coach O.


Our picks this week for those that are more into the whole brevity thing…

Picker SEC Winners SEC Losers Non Con Winner (if selected)
kristina Georgia, Ole Miss, Bama, Vandy, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Auburn Mizzou, A&M, South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas NA
Chris Georgia, Ole Miss, Bama, South Carolina, LSU, Mississippi State, Florida, Auburn Mizzou, A&M, Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas NA

Thanks again for reading, hope you enjoy the games and be sure to throw all of yourself into cheering on our Tigers because you never know….


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Georgia football: players to watch against the Missouri Tigers – Dawn of the Dawg


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Georgia football: players to watch against the Missouri Tigers
Dawn of the Dawg
Georgia travels far west to play SEC East rival Missouri this Saturday. Kickoff is at noon, but in Missouri the time will be 11 a.m.. The South Carolina game ended up being a dud, let's see if the Missouri Tigers put up more of a fight. They did last ...
Inside the matchups: Missouri vs. GeorgiaRivals.com (press release)
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Pregamin’ Georgia

“I believe a calm dawg is a happy, obedient dawg that won’t get into trouble.”

WE 3-0. DAWGS 3-0. IT’S THE BATTLE OF THE UNBEATENS IN COLUMBIA. LET’S PREGAME

Gameday Schedule

Get Hype!

SEZ SZN!

So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

What the “Experts” are Saying

They won’t get any style points, but Missouri is 3-0 thanks to their resilience against Purdue. We know what was bad about that game. So what do you think went well against the Boilermakers?

Pete Scantlebury, Football Editor: Well, the offense looked as balanced, calm and methodical as it’s ever been. That really stood out to me. Yeah, there was that bad Drew Lock pick — although I appreciated what he was trying to do there — but when Missouri needed points the most, the offense delivered. Even better news: we got some real answers from some of the young guys. Hyrin White looks more than competent — he looks stellar — at left tackle, should Missouri need him again. Jalen Knox is the truth. Tyler Badie might be the most heady of all the freshmen, and Larry Rountree showed that he can be the feature back. This offense is d-e-e-e-e-p, folks.

Mitch Hill, Social Media Editor: The offense looked good, right? I think that was the most encouraging thing along with Rountree’s running. I would also have to go back and look, but despite all of the passing yards Purdue had, I do think Adam Sparks had a good game holding his receiver in check, which is nice.

Jack Parodi, Football Beat Writer: 40 points is 40 points, no matter who you play — yes, I understand Purdue lost to Eastern Michigan the week before. They’re not a great football team. Anyways, it didn’t seem like Mizzou’s offense looked amazing, yet they still put up 40 points on a Power 5 defense. Lock showed a lot of poise on the final drive, which is a great sign to see with SEC play coming up. This offense is elite, folks.

The bulldog is almost the perfect dog breed for a mascot: Cute enough to market to alumni, intimidating enough to strike an imposing stance on the field. But let’s say you needed to pick another breed to represent the Dawgs. Which are you going with?

Pete Scantlebury: You know, I actually think the bulldog is a terrible breed for a mascot. especially considering the amount of inbreeding and genetic issues with the UGA line of English bulldogs. Yeah, they’re cute as hell, but at what cost? Breathing issues, heart issues, gotta keep the skin clean all the time because of the folds. Not exactly the most durable breed to be bringing out on gameday in the heat. If I’m going with a breed for a mascot, get a mutt. Don’t want to go all PETA on everyone, but mutts are the best and they’re the ones that need homes. So, schools with live-dog mascots, maybe think about marketing the adoption of dogs by parading a beautiful g o o d b o y e mutt on the sideline on gameday.

Mitch Hill: A lab of whichever color you like and one that hunts. That screams SEC to me.

Jack Parodi: The Georgia German Shepherds. Thank god that’s not their actual mascot because that’s just really confusing and sounds awful. But, I got chased down by a German Shepherd when I was in first grade and it was pretty scary. Yet somehow people love those dogs and think they’re great. Personally, I’m not a fan. But hey, it’s a fitting kind of dog here.

Let’s say future you appears in your dreams tonight and says, “Mizzou beat Georgia in 2018,” but doesn’t tell you how. What do you think would need to happen to make that come true?

Pete Scantlebury: Missouri needs to win the turnover battle 3-0 and needs to hold the ball for 34 minutes exactly on offense. That’s how it wins this game.

Mitch Hill: I think there needs to be 2-3 TOs created by the defense, which could be Forced Fumbles or INTs. I think it all starts up front and if the D-Line can get a good push and make Fromm uncomfortable, that could change the entire game. I would also say something like Georgia’s best player would have to be suspended or miss the game, but that happened once and the world was introduced to Nick Chubb.

Jack Parodi: A few things will need to happen. It mostly comes on the defensive end for Missouri. In order to stop Georgia’s offense, the Tigers will have to start with shutting down the run. Fromm has only thrown the ball 46 times this year (15.3 passes per game) and ranks 89th in the country in passing yards per game (159.7 ypg). Although he’s sat out every fourth quarter thus far and has been unbelievably efficient, he’s not the focal point of their offense. The Bulldogs’ stout ground game has set Fromm up to succeed, as Holyfield and Swift bring in the linebackers, opening up 10 to 15 yard routes. Shutting down Georgia’s ground attack is feasible, as Missouri has an incredibly experienced front seven. Terry Beckner Jr, Brandon Lee and Terez Hall are all NFL prospects, and have been essential to the Tigers slowing down the opposition’s run game. If they can continue their solid play, it’s possible Holyfield and Swift can be held at bay.

Another key to stopping the Georgia offense is getting pressure on Fromm and making him uncomfortable in the pocket. Missouri’s secondary looked shoddy at best against Purdue, as David Blough set the school record for passing yards in a game with 572. Mind you, Drew Brees played in an up-tempo offense while he attended Purdue. That being said, the Tigers’ secondary is far-and-away the team’s biggest weakness. In order to counter their play and make life easier for them, Missouri will have to put pressure on Fromm to make quick decisions and roll out of the pocket. This would in turn make sure he never settles into a groove and ultimately, give Drew Lock a chance to get into a fair offensive shootout.

Offensively, Lock will have to continue to spread the ball around to multiple different receivers and have another efficient game out there.

PICK ‘EM! Let’s get a score prediction and who (besides Drew Lock) needs to ball out if Mizzou wants to come away with a big win.

Pete Scantlebury: I’m all-aboard the Drew Lock Hype Train. He is playing the best ball of his career, and even more, he seems to have gone to the next level in understanding what everyone is doing on offense. Because of him, I think Missouri is in this game until the end of the third quarter... but then it gets away from the Tigers in the fourth, as Georgia’s ground game wears down the defense and wears down the clock. I’m predicting a 45-31 scoreline in favor of Georgia.

As for who has to ball out for Mizzou to win, it’s simple. They need to have a star performance at each level of the defense. I’m saying Terry Beckner, Terez Hall (Cale Garrett is great, but Hall can be more disruptive) and Cam Hilton all need to have the game of their lives to win on Saturday.

Mitch Hill: This is a Mizzou page after all, so let’s have some fun. Mizzou 41 Georgia 34. TBJ is going to have a BIG game. MIZ.

Jack Parodi: I’d love to be a homer and say Mizzou is going to pull off the upset, but I’m gonna be real here: Georgia 48, Missouri 38. All I’ve got to say is good teams win, great teams cover (the line is UGA -15.5). Middle linebacker Cale Garrett will have to have a big game if Missouri’s defense will slow down Fromm and the Georgia offense. Not only will his physical play of reading gaps to stop the run be crucial, but the mental game of reading Georgia’s formations and putting his defense in the right positions to succeed will be extremely important as well.


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Mario McKinney to pick a school Monday, plus more Mizzou recruiting news – Kansas City Star


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Mario McKinney to pick a school Monday, plus more Mizzou recruiting news
Kansas City Star
He is one of the Missouri Tigers' top recruiting priorities in the class of 2019. ... He is one of the Missouri Tigers' top recruiting priorities in the class of 2019. ... Big weekend for football recruiting. Missouri's game against No. 2 Georgia has a ...

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Last minute additions, questions about recruiting, and what do we actually know?

Sam and Matt are back with another episode of Dive Cuts!

Last Friday, Mizzou Basketball got a surprising (and last minute) addition to the 2018 class in Christian Guess. Some have questions about how he fits, who he is, and how come this was so last minute. All fair questions. Only time will tell if this is something that will turn out to benefit the Mizzou Basketball team, but nonetheless, conclusions can be made based on the information available.

Another note is that EJ Liddell is heading to Illinois this weekend and many expect him to commit but as is the case with many recruits, it is hard to actually know where anyone is heading.

With all of this being said...

Rock M Radio Presents: Dive Cuts with Sam Snelling and Matthew Harris.

Welcome back to another episode of Dive Cuts! Sam and Matt are back with episode 35. The talk Mizzou Basketball recruiting and where everything stands there, the schedule, and other happenings in the College Basketball world, including Christian Guess’ commitment that took many by surprise. Let’s Dive In.

Episode Breakdown:
:15 – 21:32: Intro and let’s talk about Christian Guess, the thought process, and how he fits in + the roster as it stands now.
21:33 – 31:18: EJ Liddell, his trip to Illinois, and will he commit this weekend/does anyone know where EJ is going?
31:20 – 38:45: A broader look at recruiting and an update there including a look at the 2020 class.
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Drew Lock Is Better Off for His Roller-Coaster Missouri Career – Sports Illustrated


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Drew Lock Is Better Off for His Roller-Coaster Missouri Career
Sports Illustrated
He became a football fan as Chase Daniel led the Tigers to their only No. 1 ranking for a fleeting week in 2007, saw Jeremy Maclin's theatrics at receiver and a steady stream of defensive linemen trot off to the NFL. He watched Gary Pinkel take the ...

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Georgia Boasts a Lockdown Corner on Revamped Defense

Deandre Baker is one of the premier corners in the nation, but Drew Lock could very well take advantage of the rest of the Bulldogs’ secondary.

Georgia lost its best pass-rusher, a duo of inside linebackers, and an entire secondary this past offseason; yet, they’re still one of the best defenses in the country in 2018.

The Bulldogs rank seventh overall in total defense, giving up an average of just 258.7 yards per game. They’re excel at defending the pass, allowing just 157.7 passing yards per game (19th in FBS).

One reason for that is senior cornerback Deandre Baker, who forwent entering the 2017 NFL Draft to finish up his final year at Georgia. Baker recorded the fourth-most stops in college football last year with 44, and added nine pass-breakups and three interceptions to his total.

The preseason AP First-Team All-American has lived up to the hype thus far, nabbing two interceptions in the Bulldogs’ first three games — one against South Carolina and the other against Middle Tennessee.

Baker will surely match up with Missouri star wide receiver Emanuel Hall, who ranks second in football with 143.3 receiving yards per game and a trio of touchdowns. It’s important to note Hall’s production was limited, as he played through a groin injury in the second half of last week’s win over Purdue.

While Baker very well could hinder Hall from having yet another big game, Missouri is deep at wide receiver. True freshman Jalen Knox balled out last week, snagging five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers’ second-leading receiver was just a three-star recruit in high school and is defying expectations many set for him as a freshman. Knox continues to get better each week and could be someone to watch for Saturday against Georgia.

Aside from Hall and Knox, there are still three or four solid receiving options for Drew Lock to go after. Wide receiver Johnathon Johnson (14 rec, 149 yds, 3 TD) and tight end Albert Okuwegbunam (14 rec, 100 yds, 2 TD) are two more weapons for Lock to utilize, posing a difficult task for a newly-put-together Georgia secondary.

Looking at the numbers, there’s a good amount of hope Lock can have an efficient game Saturday. The Bulldogs have allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 64.6 percent of their passes so far. South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley completed 30 of 47 (63.8 percent), while Middle Tennessee quarterback Brent Stockstill went 19-for-29 (65.5 percent) in their team’s respective losses to the Bulldogs.

Although Lock’s track record against ranked teams isn’t where it should be for a quarterback of his stature, his game seems to have matured a good amount this year. He’s a much more efficient passer, looks poised in the pocket, and hardly ever stares his receivers down. Continuing to spread the ball out to all his targets will be key in taking advantage of this Georgia secondary.

If Lock can do that, an upset could be on Missouri’s hands early Saturday afternoon.


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In an alternate universe, a broken replay system vs. Purdue cost Missouri a win

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. This may explain the lack of some reviews early in the game.

Specifically, the possible fumble/backward pass on the first Purdue play of the game that was at least close enough to merit SOME attention:

But in an alternate universe, the replay system doesn’t get fixed, Jared Sparks’ touchdown stands and Missouri (possibly) loses the game. Although, in ANOTHER universe, Missouri punches the ball into the endzone on the final drive and wins. BUT THEN in another universe...

On a related note, are people still saying Sparks caught that pass? The ball clearly moved when it hit the ground and Sparks didn’t have full control of it.

2. Visitor list taking shape for Saturday.

A few recruits announced their impending visits to Missouri for the Georgia game on Saturday.

Isaiah McGuire is a 3-star 2019 defensive end from Tulsa, according to Rivals.com. Missouri is his only FBS offer, so this one may be a commitment possibility this weekend. At 6-foot-5, 260-pounds, he certainly has the size for the line.

Maliq Carr is a 3-star 2020 receiver from Oak Park, Mich., who already has 12 verbal offers, including Missouri, Boston College, Iowa, Iowa State and Kentucky. As you can see in the picture, A.J. Ofodile and his Michigan connection seems to be doing some work here.

3. Battle of the Hype Videos

Both Missouri and Georgia dropped their weekly hype videos on Thursday. Let’s see how they stack up.

First, Missouri:

And here’s Georgia:

Both are slow-burns — Missouri has been exclusively a slow-burn this year — but I think I’d give the edge to Georgia for the compactness of the video. In and out in 45 seconds works better for a slow burn.


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More Links:

  • Considering Drew Lock led all players in TD passes last year, I feel like he also has the most TD passes over his last 16 games, too, right?
  • After what he did in the Super Bowl against Denver, Kony Ealy not being able to catch on with a team is one of the more puzzling developments of recent Missouri players in the pros. Good to see him getting more looks:

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Matter’s Picks: Mizzou-Georgia and more – STLtoday.com


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Matter's Picks: Mizzou-Georgia and more
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If you're hoping the College Football Playoff expands from four to eight teams in the foreseeable future, this weekend's sleepy slate of games is Exhibit 1 in the case for reform. As the postseason format stands now, some teams with September losses ...

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Georgia Bulldogs release hype video for Missouri Tigers game – 247Sports


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Georgia Bulldogs release hype video for Missouri Tigers game
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3 team in the country behind only Alabama and Clemson after coming off a 13-2 season, winning the Southeastern Conference title and falling to Alabama in overtime of the College Football Playoff National Championship. In their three wins this season ...
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Hyrin White’s got Drew Lock’s back for Missouri Tigers – Kansas City Star


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Hyrin White's got Drew Lock's back for Missouri Tigers
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White replaced first-team left tackle Yasir Durant after the starter sprained his ankle in the second quarter. Pro Football Focus, a college and NFL Draft analysis site, gave White a higher grade than any of Missouri's offensive players, including star ...


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Who is Christian Guess, and what are the Tigers getting?

The guard is a ‘tough cover’ and a ‘scorer’ who bided his time before the Tigers obtained an NCAA waiver to add him to the fold. What comes next is sharpening raw tools.

In early August, gloom had settled over Christian Guess. Across the country, college basketball’s freshmen sweated through predawn conditioning, schlepped from lecture to lecture and settled into evening study halls — a routine the guard of out Cleveland would have killed to make his own.

Instead, worry jolted Guess from his sleep most nights. And the already sinewy guard, who stands 6-foot-5 and checks in at 180 pounds, found it hard to muster an appetite. Sure, he set off from Shaker Heights, an enclave on the city’s east side, for morning workouts and lifting sessions, but to what end?

Calls from recruiters, which had already been spotty, were now non-existent. The 26 points he averaged each night as a senior, the Pogo springs for legs, the straight B average and solid ACT score — all of it seemed to matter little. The cause of his angst? A bureaucratic snafu: a sequence of core courses that didn’t square with the the NCAA’s bylaws.

What Guess saw as an issue that could be cleared up with a waiver, high-major programs saw as a potential gamble. And so Guess waited for a call he figured wouldn’t arrive. “I was in a dark place with things not going as I wanted,” Guess said last Saturday. “I kept thinking anything good that might happen was just going to fall through.”

That changed, however, when Sonny Johnson, a coach at rival Garfield Heights, sent film off to Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin in a last-ditch bid to drum up interest for the guard. After Martin watched the footage and called Johnson, who then relayed a message to Guess, Have your phone on. Coach Martin is going to call.

Thirty minutes later, it rang.

One month and a whirlwind paper-pushing effort later, Guess is settling into Columbia after snatching up the scholarship opened by Cullen VanLeer’s medical retirement last week and shoring up depth on the perimeter. Given the speed of the courtship and the late hour that it broke last Friday night, figuring out what type of player MU added to the mix is being done on the fly.

“From a basketball standpoint, just learning as much as I can and talking to the older guys and coaches,” Guess said when asked how he’ll handled the quick transition. “I just need to be a hard worker and be consistent – consistently work on my game, consistently listen, consistently ask questions. Those guys all know a lot more than I do, and there’s a lot I can learn from them.”

What does Guess do well?

Shaker Heights coach Danny Young used an easy calculus in relaying a high-pressure scheme.

“I wanted to get Christian as many extra possessions as I could to get in the open floor,” Young said. “He plays well above the rim. If you get the game where it’s wide open, and he’s got angles and space, he’s going to get to the rim and really, really hurt you.”

In his two seasons at Shaker Heights, Guess served as a bellwether for Young’s program. When he missed 11 games during his junior campaign, the byproduct academic ineligibility, the Red Raiders scuffled along, buoyed only when Guess returned to spur a run to a district final. While Shaker returned five seniors last season, Guess’ breakout keyed their ascent.

Dropping 57 points in a game last December cemented Guess’ perch atop scouting reports. Less than a week later, he nearly outdueled Alonzo Gaffney, a top-50 talent who is pledged to Ohio State, and rival Garfield Heights — a bid that only ended when Guess went down with a leg injury early in the fourth quarter. (Shaker later toppled the Bulldogs to win a district title this past March.)

“He’s a fierce competitor, high motor, lots of energy loves to compete, plays hard and doesn’t take too many plays off,” Young said.

When you call up montages of Guess’ handiwork, you’ll also see he plays the game with his heart on his sleeve — an intensity that sometimes leads to foul trouble and a two-game suspension for technical fouls. “There were times when I got too caught up in the game and reacting to referees,” Guess said. “I just had to mature. I had to channel it and rub it off on my teammates. I never want to lose that fire or that passion. I just want to use it in a way that helps my guys.”

The ball was in Guess’ hands a ton, but he wasn’t the primary ball handler and initiator once Shaker Heights set up shop in the half court. Operating against a set defense, Young opted to move Guess around the floor to exploit space: spot-ups in the opposite corner, high ball screens at the top of the key, flair screens near the elbow and back screens for lobs.

Having a proven senior point guard who could crack defenses — Shaker would sometimes clear out a side of the floor and let him go to work — granted Young the flexibility to place Guess in sets where he could bolt into gaps and exploit slow rotations or sloppy closeouts.

“Right now, he’s a scorer,” Young said. “But he’s not quite the kid you’re going to run off a down screen or a flair screen for a jump shot.”

Why was Guess still available in August?

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Texas Christian Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports
In February 2018, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, right, was looking to make guard Christian Guess the second Shaker Heights product on his roster, along with forward Esa Ahmad.

To put it simply: misplaced advice.

But before we get there, we have to trace Guess’ path back two years, when he transferred to Shaker Heights after his sophomore season and toted a pockmarked transcript along with him from Glenville High School. Suiting up for Shaker is enticing. Under Young, the program has thrived for nearly a decade, headlined by talents like current Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier and West Virginia forward Esa Ahmad. Yet Young’s initial conversations with Guess and his family barely broached how he’d fit on the floor.

“I don’t talk about basketball,” said Young, whose day job is serving as principal at Shaker Heights Middle School. “I let them know what we can do for a kid academically, and for him at that particular time, he was definitely at-risk and definitely had some academic issues that we had to wrap a lot of support around him.”

After Guess arrived, he took classes at the Innovative Center for Personalized Learning, a program designed for students in Guess’ position and whose curriculum meets NCAA eligibility criteria. “He looked at those requirements, and he just kept chipping at it,” Young said. “Every time we added more classes or increased his workloads, he did exactly what we asked of him.”

By last December, a handful of mid-major programs — Kent State, Toledo, Ohio, Indiana State, and James Madison — were starting to pick up their interest. Yet Guess’ recruitment seemed poised to wrap up quickly once West Virginia became the first high-major suitor to seriously enter the fray, scouting the slasher late in the year and bringing him to Morgantown for a series of unofficial visits, including an upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma.

Yet Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins held back extending a formal offer. The source of hesitation emanated from the school’s compliance office. And only then did Guess learn he was unlikely to get a clean bill of health from the NCAA Eligibility Center. Two years ago, the association updated its bylaws and mandated prospective athletes needed to complete 10 of 16 core courses, seven of which must be in English, math and natural sciences, before their final semester of high school.

“I wasn’t given the classes that I needed when I got over to Shaker,” Guess said. “I was led to believe that if I did X, Y, and Z, and get As and Bs, I would be OK.”

Unable to meet the cutoff, Guess saw West Virginia’s interest wane. Soon enough, the calendar also worked against him. After the spring signing period wrapped up in May, few high-major programs had a scholarship to dole out, and even if a slot was open, a school would have to navigate an uncertain appeal to add to Guess. Programs that did touch base, including Ohio State and a doubling-back West Virginia, pushed him to explore junior colleges or spend a season at a post-graduate prep program.

“It’s not a bad thing or is it a problem,” Guess said. “I just felt that I worked really hard to get to this type of (high-major) school, so settling for a junior college wasn’t…”

Scrambling as summer arrived, Guess waited for a program to put skin in the game and file a waiver appeal. Along the way, Shaker Heights’ administration remained committed and allowed him to take three courses, lifting his to GPA to 3.05 and pairing with a composite ACT score of 22.

“That’s why he’s a qualifier,” Young said.

Hearing Guess’ description, Martin and MU could have pursued a waiver under a “misadvisement” exception in the NCAA’s guidelines. To do so, MU needed to marshal compelling material that “clearly demonstrates” Guess would have been deemed eligible if it weren’t for mistaken academic advise. The program not only had Guess’ academic records, which demonstrated his steady gains, a letter from the guard and, crucially, a letter from the Shaker Heights administration outlining the situation.

“They were willing to through all the last minute hassles to get me into the school,” Guess said of MU. “I truly appreciate it.”

Where is Guess’ room for growth?

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Every freshman confronts a similar reality once they set foot on a college campus. They can no longer rely on talent and athleticism alone to mask mistakes or lapses in concentration. The margin for error, however, narrows even more for a player like Guess, whose game rests on attacking vertical seams in the defense and making contested shots around the rim.

Without a reliable jumper, defenses will just drop back and further negate any advantage his athleticism affords.

While Guess could space to the wing and sink catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, he understands there’s ample room for growth. “It’s about consistency,” he said. “I can make jumpers, but fixing my mechanics will help me do it more.”

His athleticism makes it easy for him to explode off the floor into his shot motion, but there are some mechanics when he reaches the apex of his jumper need to be tweaked. When Guess loads up, his guide hand and thumb get on top of the ball, while the elbow on his shooting arm kicks out — all of which are correctable but require thousands of shots alone in a practice gym to imprint in muscle memory

“I always told him that he’ll make some because he’s a ballplayer,” Young said. “You get in the gym a lot. But if you want to make a lot, you have to focus on the mechanics.”

While Guess thrives playing downhill, he’s not as comfortable operating as a primary ball handler running the show or facing heavy pressure as he brings the ball up the floor. “I just want to be tighter,” he said.

On the defensive end of the floor, the transition will be typical. Guess was engaged on that end of the floor. He cared. He competed.

“But he’s like any high school kid,” Young said. “He’s going to take a few plays off. But at the college level, the difference in taking those few plays off is being up eight or down eight. With the expectations he’s going to face at Missouri, he’ll lock in. And the way Cuonzo structures and teaches his defensive philosophy, it’s going to come back down to Christian making sure he’s doing his job each and every time.”


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Talking Dawgs with Connor Riley of DawgNation – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Talking Dawgs with Connor Riley of DawgNation
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Missouri hosts No. 2 Georgia on Saturday, and in my former life as an editor at Cox Media Group, I had the pleasure of working with Connor Riley, currently a reporter for DawgNation.com. Riley answered a few questions for us about what Missouri fans ...
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Talking Dawgs with Connor Riley of DawgNation

Does Missouri stand a chance against Georgia?

Missouri hosts No. 2 Georgia on Saturday, and in my former life as an editor at Cox Media Group, I had the pleasure of working with Connor Riley, currently a reporter for DawgNation.com.

Riley answered a few questions for us about what Missouri fans can expect from Georgia on Saturday.

1. Georgia is, um, pretty dang good. But at this point of the year, what are the biggest questions or concerns surrounding this Bulldogs team?

CONNOR RILEY: Well this week, there’s a lot being made of the fact that Georgia is last in the country in sacks, with just 1.0 through three games. Personally I think it’s overblown as Georgia has been giving up 4.8 yards per pass attempt, which is the best mark in the SEC. Georgia didn’t have a ton of sacks last season as Roquan Smith, an inside linebacker, led the team in sacks with 6.5. But Drew Lock is considerably better than Jake Bentley, the next best quarterback Georgia has faced. And if he can operate from a clean pocket, Georgia could have some issues.

2. Jake Fromm has yet to throw a pass in the fourth quarter. After a fantastic first year, he looks even better this year. What areas has he improved in the most, and are there any areas he struggles with?

RILEY: He leads the country in completion percentage so far and you can tell he just feels much more comfortable within the offense than he did a year ago. He trusts his reads and his line to give him time to make the best play. He’s thrown one bad pass all year and that was his interception against South Carolina. If there’s a concern, and it’s a small one, I actually think it’s that he hasn’t really been in a position where he’s absolutely had to make a play for Georgia this year. He didn’t do that in the fourth quarter or in overtime of the national championship game, but I don’t know if Missouri is going to be able to put Georgia in a position where he has to do that.

3. What’s going on with D’Andre Swift? Doesn’t seem like he’s been a focal part of the rushing attack so far, yet Kirby Smart says he’s not injured.

RILEY: Part of it is just the competition, and there hasn’t been a need for him to really carry the ball a whole lot. Part of it is that Georgia has really good running backs in Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and James Cook. I also think Swift may have been a tad overhyped coming into the season but that’s more of a personal thing.

I think the biggest reason is that Georgia hasn’t need him to be great yet, and thus hasn’t needed to give him the ball a whole lot for him to make some of the wow plays he made a year ago.

4. Everyone not named Deebo Samuel knows who Deandre Baker is. Who are some of the other defensive players that have stood out this year?

RILEY: I think the big name Missouri fans need to know is Richard LeCounte. He’s been every bit as good as Baker has this season and I actually think he was better against South Carolina than Baker was. LeCounte is a former 5-star recruit and he was the first recruit to commit to Georgia once Kirby Smart became the coach.

I know I mentioned the lack of sacks earlier, but outside linebacker D’Andre Walker is a really great player. He may not put up a lot of counting stats, but he’s been a handful for opposing offenses so far.

Lastly, safety JR Reed is going to be a guy who plays on Sundays. He sometimes get lost in the mix because of how good Baker and LeCounte have been this year, but he’s one of the best safeties in the SEC.

5. Last year, Missouri played with Georgia for a half as the Bulldogs seemed unprepared or out of position for Missouri’s vertical passing attack. That obviously changed in the second half, but are there still some concerns with the defense against a more high-powered passing attack?

RILEY: So yes and no. Georgia’s secondary is much better than it was a year ago. Going from Dominck Sanders, who was a good player, to Richard LeCounte, who is a much better athlete and all-round player, is going to make it much difficult for Missouri to hit plays over the top.

But if there is one person Missouri can exploit is freshman Tyson Campbell. He was also a 5-star recruit but he is a freshman and South Carolina was able to beat him deep for two scores. One of those touchdowns came in garbage time but if Missouri is going to try and exploit someone, it’s him.

Georgia’s linebackers also didn’t do a great job covering the middle of the field against South Carolina and that’s something they’re going to have to better against Albert Okwuegbunam. A year ago, Smith would probably do a great job of trying to take Missouri’s talented tight end out of the game. LeCounte might be asked to do that on Saturday, but he’s not quite the player that Smith was a year ago.

6. Georgia is a two-touchdown favorite. Things will likely have to go perfectly for Missouri to just be in this game late. What would have to happen to Georgia for Missouri to pull off an upset, and what are you predicting?

RILEY: Markus Golden, Shane Ray, Kony Ealy, Sheldon Richardson and Aldon Smith would all need to be granted eligibility for this game. But in all seriousness, I just don’t think this Missouri defense is good enough to match-up with the size and athleticism of the Georgia offense. If Purdue is able to roll up 600 yards on Missouri, you have to wonder what Georgia could do.

Mecole Hardman has been Georgia’s best player this year and he’s going to be a major problem for Missouri. I think the Tigers will move the ball on on Georgia but the Tigers best strategy might be to just try and keep the ball away from Georgia’s offense. I think Georgia wins 52-20 but Jake Fromm does throw a pass in the fourth quarter.

Follow Connor on Twitter at @Kconnorriley and check out his work at DawgNation.com.


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But all those well-intentioned-yet-hastily-prepared Missouri game broadcast analysts and a certain Tigers football watcher/former beat writer/part-time stalker (you know...me) have been misleading you when they say that the Missouri offense is still ...


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Mizzou’s Offense Goes Fast, But Not As Fast As It Used To

I’m onto you, Lock...

OR DOES IT?!?!?!

Everything you’ve ever been told is wrong.

Well, maybe not everything ever. But all those well-intentioned-yet-hastily-prepared Missouri game broadcast analysts and a certain Tigers football watcher/former beat writer/part-time stalker (you know...me) have been misleading you when they say that the Missouri offense is still going fast under new coordinator Derek Dooley, but not as fast as it used to.

Well...kind of misleading you.

Let me backtrack a moment.

I showed up for the night shift in the spreadsheet factory the other day, bid Smitty a fond farewell as he headed home for the evening — Smitty’s been going through it a little bit lately...but we’ll get to that later — punched in and sat down at my cubicle.

I went to finish up my RockMNation post examining Missouri’s offensive pace this year when compared to under Josh Heupel last year. I highlighted all the data I was going to use and pressed the “DO MATH” button (because that’s how I produce these posts, you know), and what do you think came out?

Through the first three games of the season, the Tigers are running 2.61 plays per minute. That’s a 6-percent decrease from the 2.78 play-per-minute rate last year.

Not exactly monocle-dislodging stuff yet, I know, and confirming what we’re being told in the season’s early going.

When you slice the numbers a little bit, though, you start to see a different picture.

Peep this: In 2017, Missouri ran 2.51 plays per minute when it was in the lead. This year: 2.57.

In 2017, when the score was tied, the Tigers ran 2.97 plays per minute. This year: 2.88, only about 3 percent slower.

Using stat god Bill Connelly’s definition of garbage time — when teams are separated by 25 points or more in the second quarter, 22 or more in the third and 17 or more in the fourth — Missouri ran 2.91 plays per minute in non-garbage time in 2017. This year: 2.84 plays per minute, only about 2.5 percent slower.

So, a more accurate oft-repeated phrase would be: “Missouri’s offense, in situations that matter the most, is going just as fast as it did last year.”

The biggest difference between the two years comes when the Tigers are losing, and that metric is a victim of small sample size.

Missouri ran 463 plays in 156:04 time of possession trailing last year, or 2.97 plays a minute. This year, the Tigers have run eight plays in 3:33 trailing in the first quarter against Purdue, or 2.25 plays a minute (24 percent slower).

And that’s it. Missouri will trail more often as the season goes on, and we’ll get a more reliable measure then. And, if the Tigers only end up running offense during 3:33 of clock time trailing all season...then we probably won’t care all that much about offensive pace, will we?

Let’s cut up the pace numbers a little bit and look at them from year to year.

By Quarter

2018 (% Difference from 2017)
1Q: 2.79 (-2.68)
2Q: 3.20 (5.83)
3Q: 2.39 (-21.9)
4Q: 2.12 (-6.02)

2017
1Q: 2.87
2Q: 3.03
3Q: 3.05
4Q: 2.25

Interesting that this year’s Tigers go into the half faster than last year’s, but that number could be skewed a little by Missouri’s two-minute drill drives in two of three games so far. Last year’s Tigers also came out of the half a lot faster than this year’s.

By Game Relevance

2018 (% Difference from 2017)
Non-Garbage Time: 2.84 (-2.55)
Garbage Time: 2.00 (-20.0)

2017
Non-Garbage Time: 2.91
Garbage Time: 2.50

Missouri is taking its foot wayyyy off the pedal in garbage time this year. But all of it has been good garbage so far for the Tigers, whereas last year, they were just about likely to be out of the game losing as they were to be too far ahead to catch. So, logically, you’re still probably wanting to push the pace a little when you’re woefully behind.

By Margin

2018 (% Difference from 2017)
Ahead: 2.57 (2.33)
Tied: 2.88 (-3.24)
Behind: 2.25 (-24.0)

2017
Ahead: 2.51
Tied: 2.97
Behind: 2.97

Missouri trailed 47 percent of its time of offensive possession last year, so there’s a lot more of that to go on. This year, the Tigers have trailed for 3.56 percent of their offensive possession.

Look at the pace when the Tigers were tied or ahead last year and this year, though:
2018: 2.62
2017: 2.61

:-o

I was just as susceptible as anyone to push this narrative of more selective pace, and being smarter about when to go warp speed and when to back off a little.

But let’s pump the brakes (pun DEFINITELY intended) a little on this narrative for now.

Because the stats just don’t bear it out.

Oh, and Smitty? Yeah, he’s imaginary.

Also: the pace numbers look a little different from the ones I tweeted about the other day, but that’s because I measured time of possession by Missouri’s by-quarter possession in each game book rather than the overall time of possession that’s on the cumulative stats.

The by-quarter method is more accurate and came up with slightly different figures.

Also also: you might notice this year’s team with two more plays than are on the official stats. That’s because the cumulative stats aren’t counting two kneels at the end of the UT Martin game.

You thought I wouldn’t notice BUT I DID godiliveashallowpettyexistence.

I plan the petition the NCAA to open a formal inquiry. Until then, here are the pace worksheets for your perusal.


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#Locktober-fest must be right around the corner

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Drew Lock: Touchdown king, Content GOD.

There’s no shortage of Drew Lock-related content (Locktent? I’ll circle back here) this week. Missouri’s 3-0, Lock has looked pretty dang good and the Tigers now host No. 2 Georgia in the Bulldogs most intriguing early-season matchup (in hindsight of the South Carolina game).

So, yeah, a lot of Locktent.

First off, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com goes deep on Lock, focusing mainly on Lock overcoming being damn near broken as a freshman to develop into a potential top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. A big portion focuses on Lock’s experience with the football boycott in 2015.

Lock tells Goodbread:

“I got my ass kicked all year, this thing on campus happened, coach Pinkel leaving -- it was a freshman year to remember,” he said.

There’s not a ton of new ground here — we’ve seen the “Drew Lock overcomes his freshman year struggles” feature a few times already — but it’s very much worth a read.

Meanwhile, SI.com dropped a look at how Drew Lock’s draft stock is rising after the first three games of the year. The author, Kalyn Kohler, talks about the key second-and-10 pass to Tyler Badie during the game-winning drive against Purdue as a key example of why Lock’s stock is rising.

Kohler writes:

This was the key play in the drive that set up Missouri’s game-winning field goal to beat Purdue on Saturday, and scouts took note of Lock’s poise as he kept his eyes downfield in a pressure-packed moment when the game was on the line. That play is a microcosm of what Lock needs to show in his senior year: better pocket presence and the ability to quickly move through his progressions.

There’s no doubting that Lock seems much more comfortable going through his progressions this year (although I do feel like that term is overblown and, without knowledge of what the play call is, tough to even gauge). It certainly helps that Lock hasn’t faced much pressure through three games.

The Georgia game will go a long way in determining whether Lock’s stock keeps rising, and if he stays in the Heisman race.

2. Preppin’ for Georgia

We’ve got some steel in the south endzone, folks.

Also, in addition to football recruits, we’ve got at least one big-time visitor for Saturday:

(I feel something too, Spoon. Wait. That didn’t sound right.)

3. The SEC basketball TV schedule is set.

Here’s the full list.

And if you want to see the Missouri-specific schedule, check it out here.


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What’s wrong with Missouri’s defense? These two drives explain the Tigers’ problems – Kansas City Star


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Georgia Football: Bulldogs versus Missouri Tigers score prediction – Dawn of the Dawg


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Missouri Faces One of the Nation’s Most Dynamic Offenses in No. 2 Georgia

Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm leads a talented group of players.

Well, here we go. It’s Georgia week.

This is by far the biggest game of Drew Lock and Barry Odom’s careers to date, as Missouri faces the daunting task of upsetting the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.

Georgia is favored by a whopping 15.5 points (although that could change come kickoff) against the Tigers Saturday. It’s hard to imagine any team can outscore Missouri enough to win by more than two touchdowns, but the Bulldogs have one of the most electric offenses in football.

Led by star sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, Georgia’s offense is scary good — I’m talking 135 points in three games good (45 ppg). While a 31st ranking in offensive yards per game (488.3 ypg) may not be staggering, they excel at finishing off drives.

The Bulldogs have scored 13 of 14 times in the Red Zone and rank seventh in the country in points per play. Those two stats indicate this team rarely turns the ball over and converts the majority of its drives into points.

That’s not good news for a Missouri defense that gave up 37 points to an 0-3 Purdue team last week.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Bulldogs boast the nation’s most accurate passer in Fromm.

The sophomore — who broke onto the scene as a true freshman leading his team to an overtime loss in the National Championship last year — has completed an insane 80.4 percent of his passes this season. He also ranks fifth in passing efficiency with a rating of 206.6

What’s scary is he’s still not the best player on Georgia’s offense.

Similar to their running back duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel a season ago, the Bulldogs boast one of the best one-two running back punches in football — this year headed by junior Elijah Holyfield and sophomore D’Andre Swift.

The two play very similar games, although Holyfield relies a bit more on a physical running style than Swift, who relies more on speed and elusiveness. Holyfield has ran for 200 yards on 22 carries (9.1 yd avg) for two touchdowns, while Swift has carried the ball 24 times for 119 yards (5.0 yd avg) for a pair of scores. Interestingly, Swift saw a career high in rushing yards against the Tigers last season, running for 94 yards in a 53-28 blowout victory.

In order to stop Georgia’s offense, Missouri will have to start with shutting down the run. Fromm has only thrown the ball 46 times this year (15.3 passes per game) and ranks 89th in the country in passing yards per game (159.7 ypg).

Although he’s sat out every fourth quarter thus far and has been unbelievably efficient, he’s not the focal point of their offense. The Bulldogs’ stout ground game has set Fromm up to succeed, as Holyfield and Swift bring in the linebackers, opening up 10 to 15 yard routes.

Shutting down Georgia’s ground attack is feasible, as Missouri has an incredibly experienced front seven. Terry Beckner Jr, Brandon Lee and Terez Hall are all NFL prospects, and have been essential to the Tigers slowing down the opposition’s run game. If they can continue their solid play, it’s possible Holyfield and Swift can be held at bay.

Another key to stopping the Georgia offense is getting pressure on Fromm and making him uncomfortable in the pocket. Missouri’s secondary looked shoddy at best against Purdue, as David Blough set the school record for passing yards in a game with 572.

Mind you, Drew Brees played in an up-tempo offense while he attended Purdue.

That being said, the Tigers’ secondary is far-and-away the team’s biggest weakness. In order to counter their play and make life easier for them, Missouri will have to put pressure on Fromm to make quick decisions and roll out of the pocket. This would in turn make sure he never settles into a groove and ultimately, give Drew Lock a chance to get into a fair offensive shootout.

This game won’t be won by Lock, though. Even if he throws for five touchdowns and over 400 yards, Missouri’s only real hope of beating Georgia depends on how much they can slow down Kirby Smart’s offense.


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3 Things That Worry Me About Missouri – Dawg Sports


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Opposing View: No. 2 Georgia's defensive edge the difference against Missouri
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... season: “Grown Man Football.” Matter called that game right, and we'll find out soon enough how well he calls this year's matchup in Columbia, which features the 3-0 and unranked Missouri Tigers against your No. 2-ranked and undefeated Bulldogs (3 ...

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Drew Lock, Purdue fan bond over trash talk; Missouri’s 2019 football schedule released

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. If you’re a Missouri fan, you’ve seen the picture by now.

I’m talking about Missouri players holding a Purdue fan-made sign with the 2016 Purdue-Missouri score and a chyron that reads “BREAKING NEWS: Mizzou Still Sucks.”

This one:

On Tuesday, Lock explained his side of the story regarding how he ended up with that sign. Later that day, Reddit user GoCardinals74 — the Purdue student responsible for the sign — gave his side of the story.

It’s fantastic:

GoCardinals74 writes:

My friends and I were irate. That thing cost money and Lock just stole it out of my hands. Absurd. The campus police officer stationed by the student section told us to contact the athletic department if we wanted to make an attempt to get our money or sign back, and we planned on doing just that.

However, on the way out of the stadium, I decided to have a couple buddies and I wait around by the Mizzou buses just to see if the sign came out with anyone. We didn’t see the sign, but we did see Drew Lock. I was feeling brave I guess because I decided to approach him as he signed kids’ autographs. The conversation went something like this:

Me: Dude, you stole my sign. Can I at least get a selfie for that...?

Lock: Oh yeah man, of course! Have you seen it come out yet?

Me: No?

Lock: Ah, what the hell? Someone is supposed to bring it out to the buses. I’m going to hang it up in my room! I liked it man, all in good fun tonight!

Me: Agreed!

Then we got a selfie and he gave me a bro hug, and that was that. I was instantly relieved of my rage because Drew Lock is actually a really sincere, down-to-earth guy.

All’s well that ends well, but, man. You bring a trash-talking sign to a game and then you’re going to run to campus police when your team gets beat and the guy you trashed takes your sign?

Bro.

2. Here’s Missouri’s 2019 football schedule.

Honestly, this is a pretty manageable schedule — which will be good in the first Drew Lock-less year:

A road game against Wyoming to start, then five straight games at home. Remember, Will Grier won’t be at quarterback for West Virginia, and Neal Brown very well may not be the head coach for Troy.

The back of the schedule is tougher than the front — three straight road games at Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Georgia won’t be easy. Then it’s rounded out by a road game at Arkansas, but in Little Rock (gross).

I don’t feel like this is an extremely challenging schedule. Am I wrong?

3. Recappin’ Missouri’s media day.

Not too many depth chart changes, and almost entirely good news. Yasir Durant is still atop the left tackle depth chart after suffering a leg injury against Purdue; CB Demarkus Acy (concussion) is listed as a starter.

DT Rashad Brandon is not on the depth chart and Barry Odom told reporters Brandon is away from the team dealing with a personal matter, but is expected back.

Perhaps the best news? WR Emanuel Hall is still listed as a starter and he expects to play.

(I completely agree. I was stunned that Missouri’s offense didn’t miss a beat with White. Durant is arguably their best lineman.)


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Week 4 of the college football season is just a few days away. Several top teams are in for a tough matchup this weekend as conference play begins. Conference title races will begin to take shape over the next few weeks. One of the games receiving ...

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Missouri defense learns from ‘unacceptable’ performance against Purdue – Columbia Missourian


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"We understand that that's not acceptable play," Walters said. "But (that's) not our standard here. We ain't played that bad in a while. ... It's not any one person or any one group. It's collectively, playing sound football." The defensive backs also ...

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Missouri Football: Acy Projected to Start, True Freshmen Continue to Impress

It looks like DeMarkus Acy’s concussion won’t sideline him from a pivotal matchup with No. 2 Georgia.

Missouri released its official depth chart Tuesday morning with optimism regarding a starter’s injury, and a few important changes regarding backups — especially true freshmen. Regardless, nothing will look very different for the Tigers’ starters as they take the field against No. 2 Georgia.

Here is the full depth chart with a quick reaction to it following:

Quarterback

  • 3 Drew Lock*** 6-4 225 Sr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit)
  • 5 Taylor Powell 6-2 210 RSFr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

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  • 2 Micah Wilson6-3 210 RSSo. Tulsa, Okla. (Lincoln Christian)

Running Back

  • 16 Damarea Crockett** 5-11 225 Jr. Little Rock, Ark. (Christian)

-OR-

  • 34 Larry Rountree III* 5-10 210 So. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
  • 6 Tyler Badie 5-9 190 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)

Wide Receiver

  • 7 Nate Brown*** 6-3 210 RSSr. Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
  • 9 Jalen Knox 6-0 195 Fr. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)
  • 10 Alex Ofodile 6-2 200 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Oregon/Rock Bridge HS)

Wide Receiver

  • 84 Emanuel Hall*** 6-3 195 Sr. Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial)
  • 13 Kam Scott 6-2 170 Fr. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)
  • 1 Khmari Thompson 6-1 210 Fr. Lawrenceville, Ga. (Central Gwinnett)

Slot Receiver

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 14 Dominic Gicinto 5-9 180 Fr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)
  • 30 Barrett Banister 6-0 190 RSFr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Left Tackle

  • 70 Yasir Durant* 6-7 330 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep/Arizona Western)
  • 50 Hyrin White 6-6 305 RSFr. DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

Left Guard

  • 71 Kevin Pendleton*** 6-4 325 RSSr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West)
  • 56 Samson Bailey* 6-5 295 RSSr. Lamar, Mo. (Lamar)

Center

  • 55 Trystan Colon-Castillo* 6-4 315 RSSo. Webb City, Mo. (Webb City)
  • 67 Jonah Dubinski** 6-2 295 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)

Right Guard

  • 75 Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms** 6-5 330 Jr. East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)
  • 59 Case Cook 6-5 295 RSFr. Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)

Right Tackle

  • 77 Paul Adams* 6-6 315 RSSr. Nashville, Tenn. (Christ Presbyterian)
  • 79 Larry Borom 6-6 340 RSFr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)

Tight End

  • 81 Albert Okwuegbunam * 6-5 255 RSSo. Springfield, Ill. (Springfield)
  • 11 Kendall Blanton*** 6-6 265 RSSr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South)

Defensive End

  • 93 Tre Williams* 6-5 260 RSSo. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)
  • 29 Nate Anderson* 6-4 255 Sr. Toronto, Ontario (Pratville, Ala./NM Military Institute)

Defensive Tackle

  • 5 Terry Beckner, Jr.*** 6-4 295 Sr. East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)
  • 78 Kobie Whiteside* 6-1 310 So. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)
  • 90 Markell Utsey 6-4 295 Jr. Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview)

Nose Tackle

  • 99 Walter Palmore* 6-4 320 Sr. Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway/Eastern Arizona JC)

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  • 95 Jordan Elliott 6-4 315 RSSo. Missouri City, Texas (Westside/Texas)
  • 90 Markell Utsey 6-4 295 Jr. Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview)

Defensive End

  • 39 Chris Turner* 6-4 255 So. Hammond, La. (Hammond)
  • 97 Akial Byers* 6-4 280 So. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Weakside Linebacker

  • 24 Terez Hall* 6-2 230 Sr. Lithonia, Ga. (King)
  • 32 Nick Bolton 6-0 235 Fr. Frisco, Texas (Lone Star)
  • 22 Aubrey Miller, Jr. 6-2 225 So. Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven)

Middle Linebacker

  • 47 Cale Garrett* 6-3 230 Jr. Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
  • 46 Jacob Trump 6-3 230 RSJr. Kahoka, Mo. (Clark County)
  • 25 Jamal Brooks 6-1 240 So. Bessemer, Ala. (Bessemer City)

SAM Linebacker

  • 4 Brandon Lee** 6-2 225 RSSr. Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central)
  • 3 Ronnell Perkins** 6-0 205 RSJr. St. Louis, Mo. (University City)
  • 6 Tavon Ross 6-0 215 RSSr. Cochran, Ga. (Bleckley County)

Cornerback

  • 14 Adam Sparks* 6-0 180 So. Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown)
  • 21 Christian Holmes 6-1 200 RSSo. Leland, Miss. (McNair)

Cornerback

  • 2 DeMarkuus Acy** 6-2 195 Jr. Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins)
  • 10 Terry Petry 6-1 175 RSFr. Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point)
  • 8 Jarvis Ware 6-1 190 Fr. Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva)

Strong Safety

  • 7 Cam Hilton** 6-0 190 Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves)
  • 18 Joshuah Bledsoe* 6-0 205 So. Houston, Texas (Dekaney)

Free Safety

  • 20 Khalil Oliver 6-1 210 RSJr. Meridian, Ida. (Rocky Mountain)
  • 9 Tyree Gillespie 6-0 210 So. Ocala,Fl. (Vanguard)

Kicker

  • 19 Tucker McCann** 6-2 215 Jr. O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon)

Punter

  • 26 Corey Fatony 5-11 205 Sr. Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin)

Long Snapper

  • 51 Drew Wise 6-2 235 So. Lawrence, Kan. (Free State)
  • 86 James Workman 6-0 220 Jr. Renton, Wash. (Liberty)

Punt Returner

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 14 Dominic Gicinto 5-9 180 Fr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)

Kick Returner

  • 6 Tyler Badie 5-9 190 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)
  • 34 Larry Rountree III* 5-10 210 So. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)

Depth chart analysis

DeMarkus Acy is projected to start Saturday against Georgia. Missouri’s top cornerback exited the game against Purdue with a concussion, but is still listed as the starting corner for the Tigers’ bout with the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Although Missouri’s secondary looked shoddy at best against Purdue, it’s important the starting unit stays together, as they know how to play off one another.

True freshman weakside linebacker Nick Bolton won his position battle last week. Going into Week Two, Bolton was listed as the third-string weakside linebacker. He was listed as a co-backup in Week Three, and it looks like he did what he had to do, beating out sophomore Aubrey Miller Jr. as Terez Hall’s backup.

Another true freshman worked his way into the roster. Cornerback Jarvis Ware, a three-star prospect, was listed as Missouri’s third-string corner behind DeMarkus Acy and Terry Petry. Ware is a bigger corner at 6-foot-1, but still has the speed (4.6 40-yard-dash) to keep up with quicker receivers. If Odom’s use of true freshmen thus far has been any indication, Ware may see the field Saturday against Georgia if the secondary looks rough once again.


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What is Barry Odom’s long-term plan? – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Just over one year ago, Mizzou welcomed the Purdue Boilermakers to Faurot Field in the third game of what was supposed to be a renaissance season for the Tiger football program. The Tigers proceeded to lay an egg, losing 35-3, causing an uproar of ...

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What is Barry Odom’s long-term plan?

In the head coach’s third season, Mizzou looks like a genuinely good team. But is this model of success sustainable?

Just over one year ago, Mizzou welcomed the Purdue Boilermakers to Faurot Field in the third game of what was supposed to be a renaissance season for the Tiger football program. The Tigers proceeded to lay an egg, losing 35-3, causing an uproar of voices calling for head coach Barry Odom’s job.

Athletic director Jim Stern spoke to the media several days after the loss, detailing what he said to Odom after the game.

“I wanted to make sure he felt supported. I know and he knows he has a lot of hard work to do. But it was one game. Don’t let that one game impact the next nine. Let’s move forward from there.”

Things got worse before they got better. Odom’s Tigers started the year 1-5 before rattling off six straight wins on their way to the program’s first bowl in three years. Odom was rewarded with a contract extension. Optimism reigned in the offseason.

One year removed from the catastrophic loss to Purdue, and things seem to have taken a 180-degree turn. Mizzou is 3-0, coming off a hard-fought victory against the Boilermakers, this time in West Lafayette. While the Tigers struggled mightily with Missouri State in 2017, they easily dispatched blood donors UT Martin and Wyoming in 2018. Drew Lock is still likely in the Heisman picture. There could be as many as six or seven Tiger players chosen in next year’s NFL Draft. And, most importantly, 8 or 9 wins seem like a real possibility in the regular season.

So why, in the midst of all these positives, does it still feel like Barry Odom has something to prove?


After Saturday night’s win, you could find a criticism scattered all over Mizzou message boards and social media circles. It came in the form of a question.

“What is Barry Odom going to do next year without Drew Lock?”

Lock, after all, was a Gary Pinkel recruit, so there is an argument that this team’s biggest weapon can’t be 100 percent attributed to Odom and his coaching ability. The same argument could be extended to many of the other best playmakers on the roster: Emanuel and Terez Hall, Johnathon Johnson, Albert Okwuegbunam, Terry Beckner Jr., even Corey Fatony! All — save Albert O, who committed to Pinkel the year before his graduation — were part of Gary Pinkel’s final recruiting class, one marked by big-name pulls (TBJ, Lock) and classic Pinkel gold-digging (the Halls).

So it’s a legitimate question. Is Barry Odom profiting off of his predecessors ability to draw talent? It’s impossible to argue the negative, at least to some degree.

But let’s also remember that 75 percent of these players’ careers have been fostered by Odom and his staff. Lock earned his star reputation under the tutelage of Josh Heupel and now Derek Dooley, both of which appear to be underrated hires. The decision to hire A.J. Ofodile has paid dividends in the development of Mizzou’s talented wide receiver corps and on the recruiting trail. Terez Hall may have been an unrated recruit snatched up by Pinkel, but he emerged as a playmaker under Odom’s watch. And many of them committed to Mizzou while Barry Odom was on the staff. In fact, Johnathon Johnson’s recruitment was spearheaded by Odom, who convinced the staff to take his commitment.

And, for all the players you could point to as Pinkel leftovers, you could point out just as many who came from Odom’s recruiting acumen: Damarea Crockett, Cale Garrett, Tucker McCann, Jalen Knox, and most of the offensive line. That’s not even counting true freshman — Kam Scott, Nick Bolton, Tyler Badie — who have shown flashes of potential greatness.

Finally — on a very basic level — the question of, “What would Odom do without Lock,” is a moot point. What would any coach in any sport do without their best players? The Golden State Warriors don’t make the NBA finals every year because Steve Kerr is engineering perfect basketball robots in his Bay City mansion. The Patriots haven’t won an absurd number of super bowls because Bill Belichick sold his immortal soul to Beelzebub... well, at least probably not.

To win at a consistently high level, you have to have the best players. To question, “What would they do if...” is unhelpful because it fundamentally misunderstands how competition works. Now the question of, “Can Barry Odom recruit the best talent,” is a legitimate one. But it’s also one he hasn’t fully had time to answer yet. You can only play the cards you’re dealt, and it looks like Odom has the hand to cash out of 2018 on a high note.


So we’ve established that Barry Odom seems to have the tools to build a winner in his third season at Mizzou. Reach 8 wins total, and Odom is likely back for a fourth. Get to 9, and there might be another extension in the near future. Both appear to be attainable goals for the program, which is still only three years removed from arguably its greatest coach stepping down.

But again: why does it still feel like Odom, in the minds of fans and media alike, has something to prove?

It all goes back to Odom’s roots and one of the chief reasons he was given the job of defensive coordinator under Pinkel in 2014. From ESPN’s article announcing the hiring:

Odom is plenty qualified for the position based on his recent success at Memphis. This season, Memphis ranks 10th nationally in scoring defense (19.5 points per game allowed), 12th in yards per play allowed (4.74), 20th in rushing (121.54 yards per game allowed) and was in the top 25 nationally for third-down conversion rate, red-zone efficiency and goal-to-go efficiency.

Barry Odom was hired to run a defense with a long track record of success under Dave Steckel. And when he was hired to take over for Pinkel after 2015, the thought was — with Lock growing to lead what would be a high-powered offense — Odom’s defensive savvy would lead to a well-balanced Mizzou team ready to ascend once more to the top of the SEC East.

Odom’s team management — and, crucially, the ability to find coaching talent — has been more than successful on the offensive front. In his three years as head coach, the offense has ranked 42nd, 13th and, so far, 10th in Offensive S&P+. Drew Lock has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in college football. The offensive line is also near the top of its class. Playmakers abound in the backfield and the outside.

But defense, the very reason Odom came back to Missouri? The calling card on which his career is built? It’s been nothing short of a disaster, ranking 89th, 90th and 82nd in S&P+. The ability to find good coaches to foster talent that he’s shown a knack for on offense is non-existent on the flip side.

Coaches have rotated in and out. The defensive line, once the pride of Missouri football, hasn’t had a star pass-rusher since Charles Harris. Marcell Frazier was good, but not great. And Beckner, for all his talent, has still never reached the same production levels of Mizzou’s greatest like Sheldon Richardson, C.J. Mosley. The secondary has been in shambles for years, continuously shredded by lesser quarterbacks. Ryan Walters will undoubtedly get some time to fix things, but to assume he will would be based in pure optimism to this point.

And the question that so many posed on Saturday night: “What will Barry Odom do without Drew Lock?” Try flipping it around. What will Barry Odom do without Terry Beckner Jr.? Without Terez Hall? Without the few players on the defensive end who have proven their mettle on a consistent basis?

The lack of answers is alarming.


The fact remains that Missouri is 3-0. The next three games will allow the Tigers to emerge, at the very worst, a .500 team and, at very best, a 5-1 team with two major wins on their resume. [As unlikely as it is, you could maybe convince me that Missouri pulls an upset against Georgia.] From there, 8 or 9 wins seems like a very realistic goal. It would be the best season of Odom’s young career. And there’s no question it would all come on the foundation of a great offense, whether the defense chooses to come along or not.

But the day is soon coming when the life cycle of this potent offense will need to restart. Drew Lock, Emanuel Hall and the offensive line will move on, and new players will have to step in and take their places. Odom’s knack for hiring good coaches and recruiting good offensive players has shown there may not be much to worry about in terms of rebuilding.

The same can’t be said of the defense, mostly because the initial rebuild never really got off the ground.

PowerMizzou publisher, and longtime Mizzou media staple, Gabe DeArmond has a go-to adage concerning Missouri football. To paraphrase, it goes something like, “You can coach at Missouri forever if you win 8 games a year.” It’s an insightful philosophy that correctly balances the reality of the program’s past and expectations for the future.

If this first cycle of Barry Odom’s tenure is to be judged on that scale — assuming he gets to that 8 or 9 win goal this year — then it’s still not enough to secure his long-term future. It’s one thing to build a winning team in three years. It’s entirely another to shorten that cycle and build something consistent. And while his ability to build an offense has been heartening, the confounding, persistent questions on defense have kept his acceptance as the program’s overseer in a holding pattern.


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Missouri players get honored after the Purdue win – Rock M Nation – Rock M Nation (blog)


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I'm sure many Missouri fans are still trying to contextualize what the 40-37 win over Purdue means in the long term for Missouri, but despite a sloppy-yet-exciting ...

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Missouri players get honored after the Purdue win

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Jalen Knox, Tucker McCann get weekly honors after their Purdue performances.

I’m sure many Missouri fans are still trying to contextualize what the 40-37 win over Purdue means in the long term for Missouri, but despite a sloppy-yet-exciting game, a few Tigers picked up some awards this week.

Receiver Jalen Knox was named the SEC’s freshman of the week after his five catch, 110-yard, 1 TD day against the Boilermakers:

As an aside, is anyone worried about the depth of the receiving corps anymore? Anyone? Me either. Missouri doesn’t have the size at receiver like it did in 2013, but this appears to be the most talented group since then.

Tucker McCann was named the Lou Groza Award “star” of the week after going 4-for-5 on field goals and 4-for-4 on PATs against Purdue. Which, I watched the whole dang game and wrote on it and didn’t even realize Missouri’s offense had to settle for five field goal attempts.

His only miss was the blocked 50-yard attempt which was a tough situation in the first place.

2. Drew Lock gets some love, too.

I guess you can consider a 375-yard, 4 total-TD game “quiet” when the opposing quarterback throws for 572 yards, but I’m kind of surprised that Drew Lock’s performance against Purdue is drawing more and more national attention.

First, it impressed Kirk Herbstreit, who included Lock on his list of top Week 3 performances:

Lock also moved up to the No. 1 QB spot on Chris Trapasso’s draft board for CBS Sports. Here’s part of what Trapasso said about Lock:

Most impressive performance I’ve watched from Lock. Seriously. Sure, it was against a Purdue team that lost at home to Eastern Michigan the week before, but the cannon-armed quarterback demonstrated a variety of NFL franchise quarterback skills and didn’t really make any major mistakes all evening. Oh, and he led a game-winning drive.

(Shhh... no one tell him about that pick.)

Finally, Lock saw his Heisman chances rise ever so slightly, moving from 40/1 to 33/1, according to Bovada. This week will be either the first real “Lock for Heisman” salvo... or the death knell for his Heisman chances. Play well and lead an upset against Georgia (or at least keep it close) and Lock’s chances will live another few weeks.

3. ‘Crootin news

First, some good news. Missouri will likely have a packed house of visitors on Saturday, and 4-star 2019 safety Jalani Williams will be one of them:

Williams is from Parkway North in St. Louis, an area that Missouri is quietly dominating in the 2019 class — although there are a good number of highly ranked players left on the board from the St. Louis region.

Per Rivals, Williams has visited Oklahoma (April) and LSU (Sep. 7) and then will visit Alabama the weekend following this Missouri trip.

And now the bad news:

Oh well.


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‘Stone-cold killers from the get-go’ — Mizzou freshmen impress Lock – STLtoday.com


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'Stone-cold killers from the get-go' — Mizzou freshmen impress Lock
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“At the end of the day, man, it's football. You're going to have injuries,” said Hall, who made a cameo on the final drive and made a crucial 25-yard reception. “That's why you have these younger guys. We need these younger guys step up, especially in ...


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Mizzou’s youth on display in Purdue victory – STLtoday.com


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“At the end of the day, man, it's football. You're going to have injuries,” said Hall, who made a cameo on the final drive and made a crucial 25-yard reception. “That's why you have these younger guys. We need these younger guys step up, especially in ...

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Mizzou Recruiting: what Christian Guess means to the Missouri roster

Christian Guess was a surprise, but what does his addition mean to the Missouri roster?

Late Friday night, we got a surprise 2018 commitment.

If you missed the news, you did read that year correctly: 2018. Christian Guess, a three-star wing from Glenville, Ohio, pledged his commitment to Missouri, which came only days after Cullen VanLeer medically retired. Obviously, Guess fills the last remaining slot for the season and assures the roster is jam-packed with freshmen class seriously back loads it with youth.

Counting transfers and redshirts, there are currently 10 players who are either freshmen or sophomores. Only Reed Nikko, Kevin Puryear, and Jordan Geist comprise scholarship holders in upper classes.

If things stay static, the Tigers won’t have a whole lot of scholarships available over the next few classes.

In scholarship graphic form:

mizzou basketball scholarship count 9-16-18

The Good

Christian Guess fills an immediate need on the perimeter. Missouri’s roster is a bit lopsided at the moment, and not just from a class perspective.

With the Tigers sitting two players out, who are both guards, they are left with only four projected perimeter players, and three of them freshmen. K.J. Santos has enough perimeter skill to be added to the group, but there just isn’t a lot of depth. The roster is so skewed at this point that Puryear, Jontay Porter, and Mitchell Smith could get a fair look at time on the wing.

Adding Guess might help solve some of those questions. He isn’t known as a ball handler, but he’s athletic and unafraid to attack, providing another option for coach Cuonzo Martin at wing — flexibility that’s desperately needed.

Here’s a quick take on the possible depth chart.

depth chart basketball 2018-19

The Bad

With so little knowledge of Guess coming into the commitment, we’re in a little bit of a information vacuum as to what we can expect from the young man. Matt Harris will be able to a little more in depth on what the Tigers are getting, but my sources have given me a pretty basic scouting report. He called Guess a nice prospect, but one he pegged as more of a mid-major plus level prospect and not exactly a can’t miss high-major talent.

If that’s the case, Missouri didn’t necessarily make a poor pickup, just a questionable one. That may seem like only the slightest of differences, but it is significant. Guess falls into the same field as a few others on the roster with question marks and lead as a developmental prospects rather than a more sure bet. This pickup could workout in the best way possible, but the speedy nature of Guess’ recruitment means there is a smaller margin for error than with prospects like Mario McKinney Jr. and E.J. Liddell, both of whom have been vetted and recruited by the staff for more than a year.

Typically, developmental prospects are guys who might provide help early but often more take on larger roles in years two through four. The flight risk for developmental guys is higher, too, because their role typically requires patience — both on the part of the player and the coaching staff that brought them on.

The approach: wait and see

Again, Christian Guess could completely work out. You can see from his film that his athleticism jumps out, and he’s completely fearless on the floor. I’ll just be skeptical about the addition, as we’ve already seen multiple shot-gun marriages like this one fail to pan out for the Tigers in recent months and years. And at some point, Martin needs to make sure the guys he’s adding to the roster are sticking around for more than a year or two.

With VanLeer’s medical retirement, Puryear is slated to be the first four year player at Mizzou since Ryan Rosburg, who wrapped up his career in 2016. And before Rosburg, the last MU player to exhaust their eligibility was Laurence Bowers in 2013. So in past five years, Missouri has had two players spend four years at the school. I’m not saying Guess can’t be one of those players. I’m just pointing out that the track record of six years of these sorts of additions haven’t worked out.

Here’s to hoping for the best.


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Matter on Mizzou: Tigers survive historic defensive meltdown – STLtoday.com


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Missouri Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs: Kickoff time, TV, five things to know – Kansas City Star


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Missouri is 3-0 after a last-second win over Purdue but the Tigers go into Saturday's game against No. 2 Georgia with a lot of problems to fix, mainly on defense. The last time Georgia visited, Missouri blew a late lead and lost on a fourth-down play.
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Stat Breakdown: Drew Lock outdueled by David Blough

Blough’s career-night overshadowed a solid performance from Lock, Larry Rountree III finally put up the numbers Missouri needs from him and other takeaways from Saturday’s stat sheet.

If Missouri had one clear advantage over Purdue heading into Saturday, it was at quarterback.

The Tigers had a Heisman candidate under center in Drew Lock, while the Boilermakers’ David Blough didn’t even start Week 1. Lock went into the night with 687 yards and eight touchdowns on the year, while Blough had just 122 yards and hadn’t registered a touchdown.

Then, the game happened.

Aided by DeMarkus Acy’s early exit with a concussion and the rest of the secondary’s struggles to cover consistently, Blough picked apart Missouri in the first half to the tune of 284 yards and two touchdowns. In the second half, he put up another 288 yards and a touchdown, and he almost led Purdue on a lead-changing drive until a touchdown pass to Jared Sparks was overturned.

Lock by no means had a bad game, recording 375 yards and three touchdowns and leading the Tigers on a game-winning drive in the final minutes, but Blough ultimately won the battle of the quarterbacks with a Boilermakers-record 572 yards and three touchdowns of his own.

A performance nobody saw coming.

Rountree breaks out, Crockett continues to struggle

Larry Rountree III had just 92 yards on 24 carries through the first two games for Missouri.

He couldn’t get much going against Wyoming and UT-Martin, and Lock even outrushed him in half the carries against the Cowboys. Rountree was given the chance to start heading into Saturday, though, and he didn’t disappoint.

The sophomore ran for 168 yards on 23 carries, including a 52-yarder that set up the Tigers’ first touchdown of the second half. His 7.3 yards-per-carry average was the highest in any of the three games for Missouri’s running backs, a showing the Tigers had been waiting for from Rountree.

Meanwhile, Damarea Crockett still hasn’t found his ground game.

Crockett had just six carries for 17 yards on the day for a 2.8 average, his worst of the season. He didn’t even touch the ball in the second half, and he had to sit back and watch Rountree and freshman Tyler Badie handle the rushing duties.

He already lost his starting spot to Rountree before the game, and if he doesn’t want to fall to No. 3 on the depth chart, he’ll have to show some sort of success on the ground when the Missouri hosts Georgia this week.

Other notable Week 3 stats

  • Jalen Knox is the first receiver not named Emanuel Hall to lead the team in receiving yards in 2018. The freshman had 110 yards and a touchdown on just five receptions, and I think there’s a pretty strong chance he doesn’t take a redshirt this season.
  • There wasn’t a single quarterback hurry for the defense, which was probably one of the main causes for Blough’s career night. Blough had a ton of time in the pocket all game, so applying pressure on the quarterback needs to be a key focus in preparation for SEC play.
  • Checking back in on Lock’s record hunts: