Missouri wants to be Top Gun, but imitates a whole different kind of Airplane – Rock M Nation

Missouri wants to be Top Gun, but imitates a whole different kind of Airplane  Rock M Nation

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Connor McGovern making family proud as Broncos starting center – 9News.com KUSA

Connor McGovern making family proud as Broncos starting center  9News.com KUSA

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We’ve gone through the five stages of grief and have landed on acceptance

Florida v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

I feel like we watched this game last week.

I’m a little unsure of what to say here at this point. Five weeks ago I was as on board with the current coaching staff and the direction of the program. Everything was right. Through a bunch of bumps over the ensuring games a lot has changed, including where I fall on the bandwagon.

If Rock M Nation — with me at the helm — was steering the bandwagon before, I’ve merely taken to following along behind, still kind of holding the rope that’s tied to the back hitch. There are some within the Mizzou fanbase who are still steering the wagon, but here the tone has changed. It’s become defiant. But I’m holding on enough because I’ve only come to the realization that I think Barry Odom should get another season.

There’s no doubt this year has gone in the complete opposite direction for what we hoped. The last 4 games have taken the fan base through nearly all the stages of grief.

  1. Denial and isolation - This was Wyoming. The game looked like an outlier early in the season, it was a flukey game where a bunch of weird things happened including a nightmarish quarter.
  2. Anger - This was the reaction to Vanderbilt. Vandy is a legitimately bad team who Missouri had no business losing to and they did. Fans had a right to be irate following this game.
  3. Bargaining - This was the reaction to Kentucky, in trying to figure out what happened and giving the coaching staff a few weeks to figure it out after a bye week.
  4. Depression - This is how things played out with Georgia. We tuned in and went into a dark place, and it went as we expected.
  5. Acceptance - Post Florida, we’re here. Accept it. You knew today was coming and there was nothing you could do to stop it.

But here’s the deal, we know Missouri isn’t Alabama, or Georgia, or even in the upper tier of the SEC when it comes to supporting their football program. When it comes to spending, Mizzou ranks 13th in the league and is only ahead of Vanderbilt. The Head coach salary ranks 13th, tied with Mississippi State (and that was only after his recent extension bumped his salary up a bit) for last in the league.

Now I’m not here to say that Barry Odom’s work has warranted more, but even with his recent slide he’s still outperformed coaches making vastly more money. Will Muschamp is making $4.4 million dollars to kick field goals down 30 points in the 4th quarter. Chad Morris got fired making $4 million. The SEC is another animal all together and Missouri is going to win through being more prudent in their spending, being more patient with a struggling program, and still wildly outperforming their peers. Even then, it still might not be enough.

We know, even at this stage, nobody wants to do more or be more for Missouri than Barry Odom. I don’t know if he’s the answer, but I know he understands his job and his role more than just about anyone else in college football. We also know he can fix the defense. Under Odom he’s climbed the defense each year, and this season lost their top playmaking middle linebacker and are still holding steady at 15th in SP+. From 85th in year one to 15th in year four with a steady climb each season, the progress has been there. It’s something Missouri can hang their hat on.

The problem is the offense has gone the other direction. Last season they were the 8th ranked SP+ ranked unit, this year they’ve tumbled all the way to 74th. And even that feels high considering the work over the last four games. With most of the same cast of returners, outside of the quarterback, the offense should have been decent. And they’re just awful. Granted looking bad against Georgia and Florida is easy, but the Tigers offense was rescued more often than not with the play of the defense in the early going. The defense routinely flipped the field and provided scoring opportunities for the offense, and that’s now dried up.

The timeline for Odom’s tenure was looking to be incredibly long just a short while ago. I know a lot of commenters on #here and on Twitter and Facebook seem to think he should have been fired approximately three days after he was hired (if not sooner). But I think he should get next year.

So I know things are bad, but I want to give Odom a chance to fix his football team. There’s a lot of work to do, and even beating Tennessee or Arkansas to become eligible for a bowl (should the ban get overturned) isn’t going to automatically fix the disaster of the last four weeks of football. That’s a much longer process which should extend well into the offseason. But at least beating Tennessee and Arkansas would make us feel a little better.

I’d just like to see them score a touchdown.

Here’s the box:

box score florida 2019 statbroadcast
box score florida 2019 statbroadcast

Other SEC Scores:

  • LSU 58, Ole Miss 38
  • Georgia 21, Auburn 14
  • Alabama 38, Mississippi State 7
  • Kentucky 38, Vanderbilt 14
  • Texas A&M 30, South Carolina 6

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Mizzou Football Post-Game: Should Barry Odom’s job be safe? – Rock M Nation

Mizzou Football Post-Game: Should Barry Odom’s job be safe?  Rock M Nation

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College football Power Rankings for Week 12 – ESPN

College football Power Rankings for Week 12  ESPN

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Tua Tagovailoa’s injury overshadows epic Oklahoma comeback and more in Week 12 – ESPN

Tua Tagovailoa's injury overshadows epic Oklahoma comeback and more in Week 12  ESPN

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Odom and his players still have faith they can finish the season strong – Rock M Nation

Odom and his players still have faith they can finish the season strong  Rock M Nation

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Odom and his players still have faith they can finish the season strong

NCAA Football: Florida at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers are well aware that they’re sitting at .500, but despite a losing streak, they believe they can pull themselves out of it.

Though it seems much of the Missouri fanbase has lost faith in the state of the program, the players and Coach Odom, while aware of their shortcomings, have not.

The Tigers were nearly perfect in the first half of the season, going 5-1. They quickly patched the holes from the Wyoming loss and rattled off five straight wins at home. And then they went on the road. Missouri hasn’t found itself in the win column since, unable to score more than 14 points in any of the following four contests.

A win over Florida would have been huge for Missouri. It would have been their best win of the year and made them bowl-eligible... NCAA appeal still pending. And they kept it close enough for a half to give the team and the announced 52,000-plus fans in attendance some hope.

Missouri’s run defense had a perfect game, holding Florida to 52 yards rushing on 29 attempts and featured five sacks. A big part of that was the play of Kobie Whiteside and Jordan Elliot. Whiteside was the man of the first half. The junior had two sacks and four tackles. “I just got done telling my teammates, it’s not from me, it’s God,” he said. “I came in, said what I was gonna do today and God blessed me with it.”

Elliot, the Redshirt Junior, had one of the aforementioned sacks and finished the game with four tackles. “We’re a family. Each game, lose or win, we always gonna stick together, no matter what. That’s one thing about this team that’s different from other teams that I’ve been around. Through adversity, that’s what makes us closer,” he said.

Linebacker Nick Bolton talked about how the defense’s playmakers need to make plays when the opportunity presents itself, acknowledging his own dropped potential interception.

“We just gotta find ways to get the football back to our offense in good field position and help them score,” he said.

The Missouri secondary had opportunities to create turnovers, including a highly controversial review in the third quarter. Florida Quarterback Kyle Trask took a deep shot downfield to tight end Kyle Pitts, and the ball was wrestled away by Missouri safety Khalil Oliver as the two went to the ground. Despite Oliver walking away with the ball, the call on the field was ruled a completion for Pitts. A short review confirmed the call and was met with booing from the crowd.

“I’ve got strong judgment and faith and conviction that the SEC makes the right calls. It went to replay, it went to review, and they saw it differently than I did,” Odom said. “Their definition of a tie and mine are different, I guess. Cause I don’t think the receiver ever had complete control of the ball to make and secure the catch. I saw it differently.” He continued, “I would like for it to have gone my way, but it happens.”

In spite of the fourth consecutive loss, Oliver still sees a bounce-back coming. “I don’t see anybody holding their heads down. We knew what happened and we’re gonna watch the film and get better. There’s no ‘season’s over’ there’s none of that,” Oliver said. “We’re not gonna sit here and cry and ‘woe is me.’ We’re gonna come back tomorrow and get better.”

Missouri continued its struggles in finding an identity on offense. Kelly Bryant acknowledged the offensive woes and current losing streak, “We just hit a little bump in the road right now, it’s just a little adversity. We just gotta find a way to get back on track. It’s easier said than done. We just gotta not hurt ourselves when we on out there.”

The Offensive Line gave Bryant time in the pocket often, but he struggled to find an open receiver. “Sometimes there’s gonna be plays like that, where guys go free and you gotta put it on em’. But when a guy’s not open, you just gotta try and buy a little time,” Bryant said. “Knowing when to fold your hand and not try and be greedy.”

During the losing streak, it seems like many fans have lost hope in the team. But this group isn’t doubting their ability to turn it around. Despite the recent poor play, the remaining two games seem winnable. Regardless of the opponent, this team says that it’s ready for adversity. Now it’s up to them to show some fight and salvage the final two games.


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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s season done with dislocated hip – ESPN

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's season done with dislocated hip  ESPN

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Photos: Photos: Florida at Missouri – Gainesville Sun

Photos: Photos: Florida at Missouri  Gainesville Sun

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Sunday grade card: Florida – Rivals.com

Sunday grade card: Florida  Rivals.com

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Sources — Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa season finished with dislocated hip – ESPN

Sources -- Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa season finished with dislocated hip  ESPN

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Five takeaways from Mizzou’s loss to Florida

NCAA Football: Florida at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The defense did enough to give Missouri a chance, but the Tigers couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities.

Another week, another frustrating loss that featured a defense trying its best to keep the team afloat, an offense that simply can’t seem to get out of its own way and penalties in the worst possible moments.

It’s becoming a recurring theme. It feels like we’re watching the same game over and over again. It’s hard to come up with new and interesting ways to describe it.

But, here we go...

1) The offense. My goodness this offense.

I don’t know what more can be said. Missouri has now gone back-to-back games without a touchdown for the first time since... 2015. The deep passing game is non-existent. The running game is dormant. The play-calling lacks any sort of cohesion or creativity.

Nothing is going well right now. And it sounds like the coaching staff is a significant part of the problem.

Mizzou has scored a total of 27 points in its four games since the Ole Miss win. The offense is 16-for-51 (31%) on third down in this stretch. They’re averaging just 164 passing yards per game in this stretch on 5.1 yards per pass attempt. There are 23 teams nationally averaging more yards per rush attempt this year than the Tigers have averaged per pass attempt over the last four weeks. To take it a step further - Northwestern is the only team nationally that averages fewer than 5.1 yards per attempt for the season.

In other words, Mizzou’s passing output over the past month has been among the worst in the country.

Not great, Bob.

2) But it’s not just the lack of yardage on offense, it’s also the way the drives stall

Missouri went 3-and-out on its first drive. The Tigers finally got something going on their second drive until Kelly Bryant was sacked, forcing a 3rd & 13. Punt one play later.

The next drive was more of the same. Put together some nice plays, only to shoot themselves in the foot with a false start on a 3rd & 5. Punt one play later.

Missouri’s opening drive in the 3rd quarter was one that’ll stick with most Mizzou fans. There was once again some signs of life until Bryant scrambled to his left, went out of bounds, was tackled late for a flag... And then it was offset by an Albert O late hit. Next play, punt.

Next drive, an intentional grounding puts Mizzou in a 3rd & 19 situation. A first & 10 becomes 2nd & 18 after a sack. A 3rd & 13 becomes a 3rd & 38 after a penalty. From there the game was more or less over.

It’s not only that the offense is having a hard time getting anything going, it’s that when they do, they find a way to shoot themselves in the foot to set themselves back once again. Missouri had more penalty yards (55) than rushing yards (52) this week. In their last four games, the Tigers have committed 31 penalties for 306 yards.

That simply can’t happen.

3) Mizzou’s defense did everything it could to give the offense a chance.

The Tigers held Florida to 3-for-14 on third down, and allowed just 2.2 yards per carry on the ground. Sure, they gave up a few big plays over the top. Jarvis Ware had his struggles in coverage. But Missouri’s defense did more than enough to give the Tigers a chance to win this game, just as they have each of the last three weeks.

The only other team to hold Florida under 24 points this year is Georgia. The defense did its job. Again. They just can’t seem to get any help.

4) We’ve gotta talk about the officiating.

There were some, umm, questionable calls in that game. Mizzou did not lose this game because of the officials. The offense did plenty to make sure they lost. But the officials’ decision not to overturn the catch by Kyle Pitts into an interception by Khalil Oliver & confirming the touchdown catch by Lamical Perine all but put the game away.

Before those calls, it was 13-6. After them, the lead was extended to 20-6. There was no way Missouri was going to be able to score 20 points today against that defense.

Again, the refs didn’t lose Missouri the game. The Tigers did that to themselves. But it’s silly not to at least acknowledge that the SEC’s officials had a bad day in Columbia.

5) The conversation is shifting quickly on Barry Odom.

I think many Mizzou fans are like myself. I was hesitant to buy into the Barry Odom hype machine. The first couple years were rough. The in-game management always concerned me. The defensive issues were baffling. The coaching staff turnover was surprising. But last year he seemed to get things together. Sure, there were still issues. But the end result was a sign of progress that was enough to get me on board with what Odom was selling.

This year has been a clear and obvious step in the wrong direction. The offense is in shambles. The coaching staff is, according to Odom’s own words, not putting players in the best position to succeed. A team that started the year 5-1 is at risk of not making a bowl game as the season spirals out of control.

I didn’t expect Odom’s future to be in question after the season started the way it did. I honestly assumed given the way the season started that we would get some sort of news about an extension at the end of the year.

That talk is over.

Many of you have already begun the conversation of whether or not Odom is the right man for the job moving forward. Some of you have had that question since the day he was hired. That’s fine. But they weren’t having those same conversations in the athletic department. They’ve been on board from the jump.

I have to imagine those conversations are now taking place. I would think the next two weeks will go a long way in determining what Odom’s future is at Mizzou. Is 6-6 enough to keep him?

After today, that’s probably the question Jim Sterk needs to be asking himself.


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What Barry Odom said after Mizzou’s disappointing 23-6 home loss to Florida – Saturday Down South

What Barry Odom said after Mizzou’s disappointing 23-6 home loss to Florida  Saturday Down South

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Tua Tagovailoa back in Alabama for more tests on hip injury – ESPN

Tua Tagovailoa back in Alabama for more tests on hip injury  ESPN

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Tua Tagovailoa back in Alabama for more tests on hip injury – ESPN

Tua Tagovailoa back in Alabama for more tests on hip injury  ESPN

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Missouri offense can’t overcome its struggles as Tigers fall to Florida for their fourth straight loss

Florida v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Missouri offense fails to score a touchdown for a second consecutive game as the Tigers fall to 5-5 on the season.

From their military tribute uniforms to playing of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” before the game, Missouri football seemed committed to the Top Gun aesthetic for Saturday’s match up against Florida. The end result, however, was decidedly less high-flying.

After more than a month on the road, Missouri hoped a return to Faurot Field would spark some life on both sides of the ball. Much like the past few weeks, however, only the defense seemed to respond.

After allowing a 47-yard field goal on the first drive of the game, Missouri’s defense put Florida in a chokehold they wouldn’t escape for another two quarters. Kobie Whiteside and Jordan Elliott led a defensive line that consistently pressured Gator quarterback Kyle Trask, while the secondary put Florida’s tall receivers on lockdown. Of the ensuing six drives after the opening field goal, the Gators would punt on five.

The offense, handed several chances to take an early edge, continued the struggles they’ve had since Vanderbilt. Returning from a hamstring injury, quarterback Kelly Bryant looked comfortable running the ball, but couldn’t hook up with any of his receivers at a consistent rate. The running game discovered some of its old success resulting in a number of sustained drives. However, Missouri wouldn’t get on the board until early in the second quarter when Tucker McCann banked a field goal in off the left upright to tie the game at three.

On the ensuing drive, Florida would do just enough to regain its lead after Evan McPherson kicked his second field goal today to give Florida a 6-3 lead. Needing a response before the half, the offense managed only 10 yards in three drives, heading into the half down by a field goal.

For Missouri fans, this is where the script started to feel all too familiar.

Missouri looked to have some momentum on the opening drive of the half when Kelly Bryant was hit late by a Florida defender. However, Albert Okwuegbunam joined the scrum and received his own unsportsmanlike conduct foul, offsetting the penalty. Missouri would punt after notching two yards in three plays. On the third play of the next drive, the Gators scored the first touchdown of the game when Trask hit senior Josh Hammond on a 34-yard sideline bomb.

Over the past month, Missouri’s defense has often held games together hoping the offense would eventually find its old form. After two more three-and-outs, the Tigers made it a one-possession game once again when Tucker McCann hit his second field goal of the game.

On the next drive, though, the wheels would come off.

In the midst of a long Florida drive, Kyle Trask threw a jump ball to tight end Kyle Pitts on the right sideline. Though the catch was ruled complete, Khalil Oliver came up with the ball signaling that Missouri would get a chance to tie the game. After a long replay, however, the referees determined that Pitts ultimately made the catch, despite not going to the ground with the football. On the next play, cornerback Christian Holmes left with an injury. Two plays later, Kyle Trask hit Lamical Perine in the back corner of the end zone to make it a 20-6 game.

From there, the Tigers would gain 68 yards on 27 plays across the final quarter. Florida tacked on another field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter to cement the final score of 23-6. Despite a sustained final drive, Kelly Bryant would throw his sixth interception of the year to end Missouri’s last chance at their first touchdown in 10 quarters.

Missouri falls to 5-5 on the year and will face the Tennessee Volunteers at Faurot Field next week.


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LIVE: No. 5 Georgia faces No. 13 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. – Macon Telegraph

LIVE: No. 5 Georgia faces No. 13 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.  Macon Telegraph

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Kentucky vs Vanderbilt 2019: Everything to know for SEC Football matchup – A Sea Of Blue

Kentucky vs Vanderbilt 2019: Everything to know for SEC Football matchup  A Sea Of Blue

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GAME THREAD: Mizzou Football vs the Florida Gators

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers are looking to put an end to their skid with a home game against the #11 team in the country.

Missouri-Florida football: Live updates, score, analysis

END 1Q - It’s still 3-0, after another few punts, one by each team. Missouri is up to 56 yards of total offense but hasn’t yet crossed the 50 yard line. Gators have the ball on 1st down from the 30 yard line to start the second quarter.

1Q: 4:33 - Three punts later we’re still at 3-0. Missouri’s offense found a little momentum on their second drive, but difficult field position forced them to punt. UF takes over on their own 20 yard line.

1Q: 12:11 - Florida goes 45 yards on the opening kick and is forced into a long field goal, which they convert. 3-0 UF

Pregame notes

Looks like Johnathan Johnson may not be a go today.

Missouri-Florida football: Time, date, location

TIME: 11:00 a.m. CT

DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2019

LOCATION: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium; Columbia, MO

Missouri-Florida football: How to watch, follow

TELEVISION: CBS

STREAM: CBS All Access

TWITTER: @MizzouFootball

FACEBOOK: MizzouFootballShowMe

ESPN+: ROCKMNATION

Missouri-Florida football: Betting odds

As of Friday evening, Missouri is a 6.5-point underdog to Florida, according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 51.5.

Missouri-Florida football: News, updates

Last... Give us your score predictions, and MVP for the game in the comments below!


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GAME THREAD: Mizzou Football vs the 11th ranked Florida Gators – Rock M Nation

GAME THREAD: Mizzou Football vs the 11th ranked Florida Gators  Rock M Nation

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College football best of Week 12 — Top 25, tips and picks and Pat McAfee’s river dive – ESPN

College football best of Week 12 -- Top 25, tips and picks and Pat McAfee's river dive  ESPN

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College football best of Week 12 — Top 25, tips and picks and Pat McAfee’s river dive – ESPN

College football best of Week 12 -- Top 25, tips and picks and Pat McAfee's river dive  ESPN

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BOTTOMS UP: What are you drinking for Florida vs. Missouri?

FRANCE-CORSICA-AGRICULTURE-BLUE-WINE Photo credit should read PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP via Getty Images

We know y’all need some drinks to get through the rest of this year. So what are you cracking open for Week 12?

Karen Steger, Madam Editor

Y’all, I have not been doing a very good job keeping up with this — haven’t seen the last three games due to work— but I’M BACK! Since the fam lives in Florida, it shouldn’t be too hard to pick something suitable to pair with an 11am kickoff. I’ll actually be at the game and hitting up a swanky corporate tailgate ahead of time, so it’ll most likely be mimosas or bloody marys for me, but if I was watching the game in south Florida or at home, I’ve got two brews to crack open. First up is Jai Alai, a 7.5% ABV IPA from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. I don’t drink a ton of IPAs, but I really like this one because it’s got a bit of tartness to it, and smells like a tropical fruit basket. And finally, I’m picking Black Currant Meteor Sour, a 3.5% ABV Berliner Weisse-style beer from Big Storm Brewing in Clearwater. Give me all the sours, and mix some fruity goodness in there, and I’m sold. It also looks like grape juice, which is a morning drink, so I find it suitable for this occasion.

ZWal93, Autumn’s Boy

Yep, Missouri is sure going to play a game of football today; definitely gonna sling the ol’ pigskin around the gridiron, yessir. Things have gone considerably downhill since the last time I appeared in this space when visions of College GameDay making the trip to Columbia for this game danced in my head. On the bright side, the weather is getting cooler, the leaves have changed colors, and it is finally time for dark beers to emerge from their summer hibernation. A good hearty stout or malty ale will pair well with football weather and that’s before the added benefit of the traditionally higher ABV in such libations to get you through the final three games of what has quickly become a nightmare season. Specifically, I’ll recommend two of Boulevard’s offerings, Nutcracker Ale and Steep Drop Nitro Cold Brew Milk Stout.

RunMizzou11, The Hopeful Fatalist

Bleach, I guess. I just want it to be over. (Editor’s note: wowwww)

OK maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but these last three weeks have felt like three months. The Tigers aren’t in a good place right now, and there isn’t much evidence that things will get much better, especially with the highly-ranked Gators coming to town. Hopefully, the familiarity of Faurot Field will spark something of a turnaround and Mizzou can finish the season 3-0. So with that, I will be drinking something familiar and safe, but good enough to get the job done. Join me in cracking open a Tank 7.

AlaTiger, The Traveler

As I am on the west coast this weekend, kickoff is at 9:00 am, so my likely drink will be a Bloody Mary. By the time the game ends, I will probably be in a tasting room in the Carmel Valley. Almost certainly I will miss the game except for brief snippets. Since I am on the central coast, I plan to make the most of it. Note the sunrise I enjoyed Friday morning:

If good Mizzou shows up after a multi-week hiatus, I will gladly watch a replay when I return home.

kristina, The Hunter

So I will most likely be watching this one as it’s in between hunting sessions and what else do I have to do? That being said, we’re going with our go-to staple wine — dry California based Chardonnay for those who never read the comment section. Well, there may be bourbon if my in-laws didn’t finish it all last night. If we win, awesome, if not, I take it out on Bambi. And there’s always hockey later on.


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Mizzou Football: Bottoms Up! What’s on tap for Florida vs. Missouri? – Rock M Nation

Mizzou Football: Bottoms Up! What’s on tap for Florida vs. Missouri?  Rock M Nation

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Missouri vs Florida football GameDay: info, where to watch, predictions

UF uniform 2019

Back in the more friendly confines of Memorial Stadium.

11 am kicks are always strange to me. Waking up, making some coffee, settling in on the couch, flipping open the laptop, and immediately having to watch your football team play (I’m not an early riser). If you’re reading this shortly after posting you’re much more of a morning person than I am. But also, I like a drink when I watch Mizzou Football, sometimes it’s needed... but I’m not much for dipping into the bourbon at 11 am. So a pour over coffee which have to suffice.

We’ve done enough talking about the downward slide of this team and the questions which surround it. But this game is a prime opportunity to set things a little more right, and do it in a place where all the hopes of the season built from in the first place, your home field.

Kick off is in a few hours. Let’s turn this around.

Missouri-Florida football: Time, Location

TIME: 11:00 a.m. CT

DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2019

LOCATION: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium; Columbia, MO

Missouri-Florida football: Follow the game, TV Channel

TELEVISION: CBS

STREAM: CBS All Access

TWITTER: @MizzouFootball

FACEBOOK: MizzouFootballShowMe

ESPN+: ROCKMNATION

Missouri-Florida football: Betting odds, predictions

As of Friday evening, Missouri is a 6.5-point underdog to Florida, according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 51.5. Take the under.

PICK ‘EM. Score and over/under (50.5) and MVP pick.

Nate Edwards: UNDER UNDER UNDER, GOOD LORD, UNDER. MVP will be Nick Bolton.

Tim Bussen: Florida 31, Missouri 7. Under. MVP: Nick Bolton

Sean MacKinnon: Florida-24 Missouri-21 OT. I’m taking the under. MVP: Nick Bolton

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MU inducts its 2019 Intercollegiate Hall of Fame class – Columbia Missourian

MU inducts its 2019 Intercollegiate Hall of Fame class  Columbia Missourian

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MU inducts its 2019 Intercollegiate Hall of Fame class – Columbia Missourian

MU inducts its 2019 Intercollegiate Hall of Fame class  Columbia Missourian

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PODCAST: Previewing the Mizzou-Florida match up with Gator Country’s Andrew Spivey

Missouri v Florida Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Before the Box Score returns with Nate Edwards previewing the Florida Gators!

Welcome Back Tiger Fans to another episode of Before The Box Score with Nate Edwards. Joining Nate this week is Andrew Spivey from Gator Country. As always, Nate is here to help you get prepared for the game on Saturday. Mizzou is in the middle of a rough patch and with Florida heading into CoMo, it doesn’t get much easier. Nate and Andrew dive in to the ins and outs of what you should be looking for on Saturday, they give some predictions, and some other stuff. Let’s get to it.

Episode Breakdown:

:15 – 5:20: For better or worse, it is Florida week! Welcome Andrew Spivey to Before The Box Score! As always, Nate starts out with some hard-hitting journalism. How do Florida fans feel about Mizzou’s existence in the SEC? How does Andrew himself feel? It seems like most teams always have that one team that is a thorn in their side. We know Missouri’s thorn, but what is Florida’s? Why do Florida fans hate Missouri? What are some of the memorable/strange games between Mizzou and Florida that stick out?

5:21 – 7:59: Florida has had its fair share of coaches and have been on quite the “Coach Adventure” some would say (side note- do they say that?). Dan Mullen is now in charge of Florida. What are the expectations for Dan Mullen? Did you expect their sudden turnaround? What’s the biggest thing Dan Mullen has brought to the Gators?

8:00 – 11:32: Kyle Trask has given Florida a positive trajectory this season. Is he really that good? He’s a game manager above else. What are the stats telling us about his performance?

11:33 – 16:05: Some brief thoughts on the Florida O-Line and the running game? Nate is befuddled. After all this offensive talk, they transition to the defense. What are the thoughts of the DC hire at Florida? Todd Grantham is known as an “emotional blitzer.” On the flip side, let’s say Mizzou goes on their weird winning streak, and beats Florida... How does that happen?

16:06 – 18:30: In the SEC, everyone recruits well for the most part. So, many of the Florida players are guys that everyone knows, but every once in a while, there are some under the radar players who shouldn’t be ignored, so who are they? Who should Mizzou keep an eye out for?

18:31 – 21:45: Time to get into it... What does Missouri need to do in order to beat Florida? How can Florida beat Mizzou?

21:46 – END: Wrapping up, Andrew gives us one prediction for the game after noting a few different things that Florida does. Where will he be watching the game? Has he ever been to CoMo?

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Missouri Tigers Back Home for Gators – WRUF

Missouri Tigers Back Home for Gators  WRUF

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On the Beat with the Florida Gators – Linn County Leader

On the Beat with the Florida Gators  Linn County Leader

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Pregamin’ Florida

GETCHA GALOSHES ‘CAUSE THE SWAMP IS COMIN’ TO US! IT’S PREGAMIN’ TIME!

What could be better than an 11 a.m. match up of one very good football team and another not-so-good football team in 40-degree temperatures all wrapped in thick layer of fan apathy?

Seriously, what could be better? I’m taking suggestions in the comments below.

Cheers to Nate Edwards for getting on the board against Georgia. We’re officially at the point of the season where, with only three games left, Brandon and I can officially be eliminated. Tim still has a shot, but only if Missouri makes a bowl game. If Nate or Sean loses this week, they’ll be out too. I’m sure everyone is waiting with baited breath to see how it’ll all turn out! (editor’s note: I just want someone to beat that no-good Ryan fella)

NOW GETCHER GALOSHES AND BEST MUD CLOTHES, CAUSE THE SWAMP IS COMIN’ TO US! TIME TO PREGAME FLORIDA!

There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home

So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

I... uh... well...

Huh.

It’s not a bad color scheme. I get the “honor veterans” thing. But...

What’s going on here again?

Pleasepleaseplease tell us Missouri is going to win!

What to say about this Missouri team... seriously, what to say? You get a paragraph to say literally anything you want about this Missouri team. Go.

Nate Edwards, Football Editor: I have looked at this question and drawn a blank for the past eight minutes. I can tell you from advanced stats standpoint what they are — I can tell you from a “watching the game” standpoint what they are — I can tell you from a hot-take-standpoint what they are. [editor’s note: I gave each writer four sentences, and Nate is clearly cheating here.] I will say this: I was born into rooting for this team, I will die rooting for this team, and I don’t care too much about individual wins or seasons as long as that fandom is rewarded every once in a while. Looks like that reward won’t be this year, but maybe it’ll be next year! Or the year after that!

Tim Bussen, Staff Football Analyst: What to say, indeed. The Jekyll/Hyde character of this team defies understanding. I wish I could offer some insight. Here is a fourth sentence.

Sean MacKinnon, Football Beat Writer: A season that was supposed to be special has turned into a desperate effort to reach bowl eligibility. Even though the defense has held on for the past three match ups, the offense has looked increasingly incompetent. My only source of hope — and maybe it’s superstition — is that this squad is still undefeated at home. Beating ranked Florida would be quite the turnaround from putting up a goose egg last week, but crazier things have happened.

At this point, we’ve known what Missouri is for a while: a good defense saddled with a much worse offense. Is there any hope for the offense to come around in the final three games, or is the defense taking this one to the finish line?

Nate Edwards: If Kelly Bryant is healthy and the receivers can hold on to the ball? Sure, it’s possible. I like the explosion of passing targets for Albert O last game. If Johnson is back, I’m a big proponent of using those two for 40 percent of targets to matriculate down the field. But there certainly hasn’t been anything in the past three weeks to make me believe that the offense can improve. (editor’s note: and they have hot dog fingers, so catching would be hard... right, Nate?)

Tim Bussen: I believed that the offensive power outage against Vanderbilt would be addressed in time for the Kentucky game. I was wrong. At this point, I don’t see the offense returning. Too many areas to address: passive play on the line, no explosiveness or even consistency in the receiving corps, spotty play at quarterback. I just don’t see how it all can be fixed. The defense has to carry the team, but is already showing signs of being ground down. Situations like this call for a great leader, and I fear the defense lost that when Garrett’s pec popped.

Sean MacKinnon: From what we’ve seen over the last few outings, the offense has shown no reason to instill confidence. It feels like for this team to put together more than two touchdowns, the defense is going to need to win the turnover margin in a big way. May Missouri’s November defense enter the season of strip-sacks, for it may be the Tigers’ saving grace.

Before the season, we all circled Florida as the most likely “big” win Missouri would get. That feels not as likely now. Rate your confidence that Missouri can beat Florida on a scale of 1 (least) to 10 (most), and explain why.

Nate Edwards: You’re really baiting me into tempting fate with this question. The Florida offense is incredibly one-dimensional since they can’t run at all, and the defense can be beat on standard downs and with explosive plays. AND Missouri has seemingly had Florida’s number for several years now. I’m not going to slap a number on it, but I will say I’m surprisingly optimistic.

Tim Bussen: Two. I have harbored the idea that this team can return to the form it showed against Ole Miss for a few weeks now. No more. The Gator defensive front will overwhelm the Tiger offense, and the floodgates will open on an exhausted Mizzou defense in the second half.

Sean MacKinnon: 5/10- Even though almost all the signs are pointing in the Gators’ favor, I’ll give the Tigers a shot here. After rolling through Vanderbilt and seeing Missouri’s recent performance, Florida might come into town overly-confident. If Odom can settle his men and get them locked in, we might see a refocused, driven Missouri team this Saturday.

PICK ‘EM. Score and over/under (50.5) and MVP pick.

Nate Edwards: UNDER UNDER UNDER, GOOD LORD, UNDER. MVP will be Nick Bolton.

Tim Bussen: Florida 31, Missouri 7. Under. MVP: Nick Bolton

Sean MacKinnon: Florida-24 Missouri-21 OT. I’m taking the under. MVP: Nick Bolton


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Pregamin’ Florida – Rock M Nation

Pregamin’ Florida  Rock M Nation

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College football best bets, Week 12: Betting lines, score predictions for Georgia vs. Auburn, Oklahoma vs. Ba – OregonLive

College football best bets, Week 12: Betting lines, score predictions for Georgia vs. Auburn, Oklahoma vs. Ba  OregonLive

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Georgia vs. Auburn 2019: Time, TV listings, odds – Team Speed Kills

Georgia vs. Auburn 2019: Time, TV listings, odds  Team Speed Kills

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Mizzou Football Recap: Return of Kelly Bryant can’t kickstart struggling offense – Rock M Nation

  1. Mizzou Football Recap: Return of Kelly Bryant can’t kickstart struggling offense  Rock M Nation
  2. Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators: Prediction, kickoff time, TV, betting line  Kansas City Star
  3. Florida vs. Missouri odds, spread: 2019 college football picks, predictions from proven computer model  CBS Sports
  4. What Barry Odom said after Mizzou’s disappointing 23-6 home loss to Florida  Saturday Down South
  5. Mizzou Football: Win against Florida could salvage 2019 season  KC Kingdom
  6. View full coverage on Google News

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Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators: Prediction, kickoff time, TV, betting line – Kansas City Star

Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators: Prediction, kickoff time, TV, betting line  Kansas City Star

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Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators: Prediction, kickoff time, TV, betting line – Kansas City Star

Missouri Tigers vs. Florida Gators: Prediction, kickoff time, TV, betting line  Kansas City Star

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Mizzou debuts Top Gun-themed helmets in honor of Veterans Day for game vs. Florida – Kansas City Star

Mizzou debuts Top Gun-themed helmets in honor of Veterans Day for game vs. Florida  Kansas City Star

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Mizzou debuts Top Gun-themed helmets in honor of Veterans Day for game vs. Florida – Kansas City Star

Mizzou debuts Top Gun-themed helmets in honor of Veterans Day for game vs. Florida  Kansas City Star

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Missouri-Florida Q and A with Will Sammon from The Athletic – Rock M Nation

Missouri-Florida Q and A with Will Sammon from The Athletic  Rock M Nation

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Previewing tomorrow’s Missouri-Florida game with Will Sammon from The Athletic

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We sat down with Will Sammon from The Athletic to get his thoughts on Missouri’s match up with Florida

For the first time since October 12th against Ole Miss, the Missouri Tigers (5-4, 2-3 SEC) will be back at home on Saturday. That date also happens to be Mizzou’s last win, as the Tigers are reeling on a three-game losing streak. Similar to last season, Missouri will face the Florida Gators (8-2, 5-2 SEC) with an average and underwhelming record. if you recall, last year’s upset win over Florida in The Swamp turned the 2018 season around... Can the Tigers do the same this year in Columbia? Kick-off is set for 11:00 a.m. CST on Saturday as Missouri looks to continue to have Florida’s number.

To get a Florida perspective, here’s what Will Sammon from The Athletic had to say about this upcoming match up with his thoughts on Dan Mullen, Kyle Trask, and much more.

Sammy Stava: We all know Dan Mullen is a great coach, but after Florida’s 4-7 season in 2017, Mullen is now 18-5 in his first 23 games as Gators’ head coach. Are you surprised with how quick of a turnaround this has been?

Will Sammon: Dan Mullen has been an SEC head coach since 2009. Before that, he was an offensive coordinator in the league. He knows how to win, but, more importantly, he knows how to build a program. It’s not just him, though. Strength coach Nick Savage and the rest of assistants also got players to buy in quickly. There was a good amount of returning experience on the Gators in 2018 — plus Florida added solid transfers such as Van Jefferson, Tre Grimes and Adam Shuler — so I figured they had a decent shot at winning eight games. But a New Year’s Six bowl in Mullen’s first year and a chance at another one in Year 2? The firings of two coaches from the same 2017 hiring cycle as Mullen illustrates how difficult the job of taking over at a new program can be; the level of success to this point for the Gators should be acknowledged.

SS: How impressed have you been with Kyle Trask after taking over the injured Feleipe Franks?

WS: Kyle Trask won the Gators their game against Kentucky, and he has been consistent ever since. He is an accurate passer who makes good decisions. Still, he lacks game experience, and that showed earlier in the season when he stayed in the pocket too long under pressure. The offense is built around the team’s wide receivers, and so his job to get them the ball in space on slants, screens and mostly other short and intermediate throws. Trask is certainly competent, and Florida has proven it can win with him.

SS: After Missouri upset Florida last year in The Swamp last year, do you think the Gators have had this one circled on their calendar all season for a revenge factor, or are they just going to approach this like any other game on the schedule?

WS: It has probably been marked as a game they would like to win, but players haven’t shared much about that publicly. Some guys like Shuler, however, have described it as a bitter taste. That’s understandable. Similar to last year, Florida has tangible goals in front of it heading into this game. So, the Gators have added motivation beyond just wanting to avenge last year’s loss. There is still some slight hope for the Gators to win the SEC East, but, more realistically, Florida is looking to surpass last year’s win total and advance to a New Year’s Six bowl.

SS: Since 2011, it has either been Florida, Georgia, or Missouri representing the SEC East in SEC Championship games. Just out of curiosity, what do you think the Florida fan base’s opinion is on Missouri being an SEC East member?

WS: Missouri deserves respect, and most Florida fans I spoke to acknowledged before the season that playing on the road against the Tigers in November isn’t exactly a sure-win. Historically, Missouri has been a thorn in the side of Florida, so the feelings probably aren’t warm, but respect is likely there.

SS: How do you see this game playing out on Saturday? Do you have a final score prediction?

WS: I have Florida winning by around 7-10 points. The Gators are the better, more consistent team. I think Vanderbilt did an admirable job defending Kelly Bryant, forcing him to throw deep, and I suspect the Gators will try and do the same. Missouri’s pass defense is very strong, but Florida’s passing attack is battle-tested and will be the best the Tigers have seen this season.

Thank you to The Athletic’s Will Sammon for the time, and you can follow him on Twitter on the Florida side of things.


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LOOK: Mizzou Football Top Gun style helmets for Florida game – Rock M Nation

LOOK: Mizzou Football Top Gun style helmets for Florida game  Rock M Nation

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LOOK: Uniform reveal honors Top Gun

UF uniform 2019

With a tip of the cap to our nation’s military, Mizzou goes with a new-ish look.

While the on-field results haven’t been very good for the offense lately, the defense has held its water, and in particular, the secondary has played well.

With that theme in mind, Mizzou Football used the secondary to display this week’s uniform threads:

The team did something similar last year, and even teased this a little yesterday with a couple of tweets.

The white helmets have been slightly controversial this year, but I like the look. They’re honoring the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Top Gun flight school (yes, it’s NOT just a movie starring Tom Cruise). Here’s more on the story:

Defensive backs Christian Holmes, Tyree Gillespie, and Jarvis Ware are this week’s models for the reveal. Let’s get a closer look at the flyboy helmets:

A closer look courtesy of @MizzouFootball on twitter:

UF uniform 2019
UF uniform 2019
UF uniform 2019
UF uniform 2019

What say you?


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Missouri unveils new TOPGUN helmets for Florida game – Saturday Down South

Missouri unveils new TOPGUN helmets for Florida game  Saturday Down South

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Tennessee Vols Football: Making Sense of the Quarterback Battle – Rocky Top Talk

Tennessee Vols Football: Making Sense of the Quarterback Battle  Rocky Top Talk

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Answering college football’s biggest non-playoff questions at Michigan, Nebraska and more – ESPN

Answering college football's biggest non-playoff questions at Michigan, Nebraska and more  ESPN

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NBC 6 Weekend Football Preview: November Brings Much Better Moods – NBC 6 South Florida

NBC 6 Weekend Football Preview: November Brings Much Better Moods  NBC 6 South Florida

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The stakes are high for Barry Odom & Mizzou against Florida – Rock M Nation

The stakes are high for Barry Odom & Mizzou against Florida  Rock M Nation

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The stakes are high for Barry Odom & Mizzou against Florida

NCAA Football: Missouri at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Barry-Odom-Florida-Mizzou-Stakes

This isn’t the way any of this was supposed to go.

Barry Odom was supposed to break through with a spike season. Kelly Bryant was supposed to become a Columbia hero after sticking through the postseason ban & leading Mizzou back to relevance. Cale Garrett was supposed to be the next in the line of Mizzou’s defensive stars.

That was supposed to be the story.

But it’s become something completely unrecognizable.

Mizzou’s last three weeks have already clinched a disappointing season. There’s no way of turning that around. These final three games are about preventing a disaster.

Saturday marks Odom’s final opportunity to save himself from some not-so-pleasant think pieces (such as this one).

The conversations about Barry Odom are about to become real, the implications significant. For me, those discussions will begin next week if the Tigers can’t pull off what would be a significant upset on Saturday against Florida.

As my esteemed colleague Sammy Stava recently wrote, this was supposed to be the year Odom broke through. If he couldn’t do it with this collection of talent, when will he?

It’s a fair point. And it’s a point that will be hammered home if this season continues in a downward trajectory.

Odom’s problem is his resume as a head coach isn’t particularly impressive. He turned the defense around this season, sure, but now the offense is failing to reach its expectations. Special teams have been a roller coaster each and every year. His game management has been uneven from the jump.

None of these are fireable offenses. And I’m still not entirely convinced they’ll be fireable offenses even with a collapse down the stretch.

But this is a results-oriented business. And, thus far, the results simply haven’t been there for Odom. A loss on Saturday will lock it in that Missouri will fail to meet expectations once again.

I’m not someone who expects Mizzou to reach double-digit wins every season. I believe this is a program that should live above .500. Most of those seasons should reach the 7-win barrier. Once every few years, there should be an 8-9 win season. And once every 5-7 years, there should be an opportunity to do something special with a double-digit win season.

This was supposed to be that year. The quarterback was in place. The defense was Odom’s. The coaching staff was hand-picked.

Everything was supposed to be in place.

And for six weeks, it looked like it was all coming together. Then the team left Columbia and everything went downhill. I can’t explain it. I won’t try.

It’s inexplicable.

The Tigers return to Columbia on Saturday where they have yet to lose a game. Odom needs a win to prevent serious - and legitimate - questions from being asked.

I’m not there yet. But we’re starting to get close.


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‘Tis the season for a veritable cornucopia of Mizzou Sports news, part 2

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

A new week. A new crop of thank yous.

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I’d thought I’d continue my thankfulness thread started last week, and take a few moments to shout out some of the people I’m thankful for this season (and this week) in the Mizzou sports universe. In the first edition of what I’ve decided is my month-long Friday post, I expressed my gratitude for Nick Bolton, Xavier Pinson, Mario McKinney, Jr., Amber Smith, and Elle Brown. Who makes the cut this week? Let’s lean back, kick your feet up, grab a frosty Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and find out who was included. If you want to get involved and let us know which Mizzou players YOU are thankful for this week, leave a comment.

To kick things off, I’m thankful that Mizzou Football is HOME again, the one place they seem to excel at this season (side note: please to not make me regret making that declaration... I beg you)

I’m thankful that Tiger fans, for the most part, seem to be pleased with the basketball team thus far and have faith in Cuonzo Martin. Don’t worry y’all, even if you don’t believe, I have enough faith in him for EVERYONE. By the way, if you haven’t signed up for Fan Pulse, which right now is still also tracking football, you can certainly do so, and we encourage it. Visit this link to sign up! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YK726PN

I’m thankful for Dru Smith, because who wouldn’t be?!? I mean, seriously.

I’m thankful for Josh Taylor, newly named head volleyball coach. He’s done a really great job this year stepping in for the retired Kreklows, and officially removed his “interim” tag today. Congrats, Coach!

Now, on to the links we go.


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More Links:

Football

  • DeMarkus Acy and Jonathon Johnson will play alongside some Tigers in the East-West Shrine Bowl. Congrats, DeMarkus & JJ!!

Hoops

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Hochman wrote about Mizzou’s “new” Dru in a delightful little piece.
  • The women’s team will travel to Green Bay on Saturday for a 1pm tip-off against a familiar opponent. Looks like it’s only available to stream via ESPN+, but you can always listen in the MU Tigers app.
  • Just a reminder that Mizzou returns home to face off against the Wofford Terriers on Monday. Also, this is just realllllly cool.

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Track & Field announced the signing of perhaps the greatest Mizzou player name of ALL TIME, Angus Beer.

Former Mizzou Player News


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Quick Hits: Matter on Mizzou sports | Mizzou – STLtoday.com

Quick Hits: Matter on Mizzou sports | Mizzou  STLtoday.com

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Quick Hits: Matter on Mizzou sports | Sports – Hastings Tribune

Quick Hits: Matter on Mizzou sports | Sports  Hastings Tribune

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Bazelak’s Georgia cameo gives Tigers glimpse into future – STLtoday.com

Bazelak's Georgia cameo gives Tigers glimpse into future  STLtoday.com

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Florida-Missouri odds: Underdog Tigers look to stay perfect at home – USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire

Florida-Missouri odds: Underdog Tigers look to stay perfect at home  USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire

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

Matter's Picks: Mizzou-Florida and more | Mizzou  STLtoday.com

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Matter’s Picks: Mizzou-Florida and more | Sports – Sulphur Southwest Daily News

Matter's Picks: Mizzou-Florida and more | Sports  Sulphur Southwest Daily News

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College Football Odds: Gators Out To Wreak Havoc On Tigers In Missouri – Latin Times

College Football Odds: Gators Out To Wreak Havoc On Tigers In Missouri  Latin Times

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How Missouri can fix recent third down woes – Columbia Missourian

How Missouri can fix recent third down woes  Columbia Missourian

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Georgia football injury report for UGA vs Auburn game – UGA Wire

Georgia football injury report for UGA vs Auburn game  UGA Wire

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PODCAST: Reaction to the Xavier loss

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Xavier Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Sam & Matt, your Dive Cuts hosts, recap the 2-1 start for Mizzou Hoops and talk the upcoming schedule!

Welcome back to another episode of Dive Cuts with Sam Snelling and Matt Harris, who are here to talk about the outcome of the Xavier game, discuss the first three games, see what’s upcoming on the schedule, and examine why “Zo needs to ‘cruit better.” (side note- that’s snark— calm down)

Let’s get started!

Episode Breakdown:

:15 – 5:17: The results of the Xavier game were not exactly what everyone expected/hoped for, but they weren’t altogether horrible. What are some general takeaways? Read Sam’s Study Hall for more some insight!

5:18 — 13:20: The guys then dive into key possessions in the game that stood out for both good and bad reasons, and discuss the difference between “good” vs “bad” turnovers. KenPom has added a new statistic... and Missouri is 282 in unforced turnovers!

13:21 – 25:40: The team struggled after Jeremiah Tilmon was yanked early due to foul trouble, but rebounded nicely in the second half when he was taken out again. How ‘bout DRU SMITH, y’all? What’s up with Javon? What’s up with Torrence’s shooting? Should we start to question this team’s ability to knock down the outside shot? It’s important to remember: we shouldn’t draw broad conclusions based on 3 games when players don’t even have 20 possessions yet. How is Mizzou’s shooting compared to that across the country?

25:41 – 32:50: Mizzou is off until Monday when they play Wofford. What does that game look like? Essentially, the team played 3 games in the span of 6 days, and 2 within 36 hours. Around the SEC, schools are struggling against mid-majors. Starting next weekend, Mizzou hopes be 5-1 heading into the Hall of Fame Classic, which Matt will be covering in person! (We hope!)

32:51 – 44:25: It was signing day! Mizzou officially inked Jordan Wilmore— he’s 7’3”! Signing day was not an abject failure.

44:26 – END: That pretty much wraps up this episode of Dive Cuts! This team looks really good right now and realistically, everyone could be back (except Reed). That’s consistency!

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Missouri wrestling falls to 0-2 after losing Braggin’ Rights to Illinois – Columbia Missourian

Missouri wrestling falls to 0-2 after losing Braggin' Rights to Illinois  Columbia Missourian

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Missouri shares hype video for Week 12 home game against Florida – Saturday Down South

Missouri shares hype video for Week 12 home game against Florida  Saturday Down South

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Florida football: Gators defense vs. Missouri’s offense – Hail Florida Hail

Florida football: Gators defense vs. Missouri’s offense  Hail Florida Hail

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Little Rock extends Thanksgiving holiday with weekend full of football, special events, shopping and more – KLRT – FOX16.com

Little Rock extends Thanksgiving holiday with weekend full of football, special events, shopping and more  KLRT - FOX16.com

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Little Rock extends Thanksgiving holiday with weekend full of football, special events, shopping and more – KARK

Little Rock extends Thanksgiving holiday with weekend full of football, special events, shopping and more  KARK

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Florida football: Missouri has the Gators’ number, and now it gets Kelly Bryant back – OnlyGators.com

Florida football: Missouri has the Gators' number, and now it gets Kelly Bryant back  OnlyGators.com

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Florida football: Missouri has the Gators’ number, and now it gets Kelly Bryant back – OnlyGators.com

Florida football: Missouri has the Gators' number, and now it gets Kelly Bryant back  OnlyGators.com

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Florida football: Missouri has the Gators’ number, and now it gets Kelly Bryant back – OnlyGators.com

Florida football: Missouri has the Gators' number, and now it gets Kelly Bryant back  OnlyGators.com

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Florida vs Missouri Odds, Spread, Location, Date & Start Time for College Football Week 12 – The Duel

Florida vs Missouri Odds, Spread, Location, Date & Start Time for College Football Week 12  The Duel

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Florida football: Missouri injury report ahead of Florida – Hail Florida Hail

Florida football: Missouri injury report ahead of Florida  Hail Florida Hail

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How Mizzou hopes to repair ‘pathetic’ offense: It starts with blocking out the noise – Kansas City Star

How Mizzou hopes to repair ‘pathetic’ offense: It starts with blocking out the noise  Kansas City Star

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Florida vs. Missouri odds, spread: 2019 college football picks, predictions from proven simulation – CBS Sports

Florida vs. Missouri odds, spread: 2019 college football picks, predictions from proven simulation  CBS Sports

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How to watch Auburn vs. Georgia: NCAA Football live stream info, TV channel, time, game odds – CBS Sports

How to watch Auburn vs. Georgia: NCAA Football live stream info, TV channel, time, game odds  CBS Sports

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Florida Gators Defensive Preview

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

First to 10 points wins!

Until Missouri shows that it can regain competence again, I find it hard to believe that they’re going to string together a performance like the ones against West Virginia, Troy, Ole Miss, etc. Kelly Bryant is supposedly 100%, Johnathon Johnson should be back, but health doesn’t stop receivers from dropping balls; nor does it stop an offensive line from missing key blocks. As currently construed, this Florida defense doesn’t need to be elite to stop the Tiger attack. Unfortunately for us, this Florida defense is elite. So how does Missouri overcome that? Take a look at the depth chart and I’ll share some key areas that the Tigers need to take advantage of.

NCAA Football: Tennessee-Martin at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jabari Zuniga

Defensive End

Jabari Zuniga - R-SR: 10 tackles/7 TFLs/3 sacks

Zachary Carter - R-SO: 15 tackles/5 TFLs/3.5 sacks/1 PBU

Nose Tackle

Kyree Campbell - JR: 22 tackles/4 TFLs/1 sack/1 FF

Luke Ancrum - R-SR: 14 tackles/3 TFLs/1 sack

Defensive Tackle

Adam Shuler - R-SR: 15.5 tackles/4.5 TFLs/2 sacks/1 PBU

Tedarrell Slaton - JR: 15 tackles/2 TFLs/0.5 sacks/1 PBU

NCAA Football: Towson at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
David Reese II

“Buck”

Jonathan Greenard - SR: 29 tackles/7 TFLs/4 sacks/3 PBUs/1 INT

Jeremiah Moon - R-JR: 24 tackles/6.5 TFLs/3 sacks/2 PBUs

Inside Linebacker

David Reese II - SR: 54.5 tackles/4.5 TFLs/2 sacks

James Houston IV - R-SO: 23 tackles/4.5 TFLs/2 sacks/1 FF

Middle Linebacker

Ventrell Miller - R-SO: 24 tackles/2 TFLs/2 sacks/2 PBUs

Lacedrick Brunson - SO: 14 tackles/2.5 TFLs/1 sack

“Star”

Trey Dean III - SO: 17.5 tackles/3 TFLs/2 sacks/1 PBU/1 INT/1 FF

Khris Bogle - FR: 11 tackles/3.5 TFLs/2 sacks/1 PBU

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Donovan Stiner

Cornerback

C.J. Henderson - JR: 19 tackles/2 TFLs/1 sack/10 PBUs

Jaydon Hill - FR: 5.5 tackles/0.5 TFLs/3 PBUs

Free Safety

Donovan Stiner - JR: 19 tackles/1 TFL/4 INTs

Jeawon Taylor - SR: 12 tackles/1.5 TFLs/1 PBU

Strong Safety

Shawn Davis - JR: 32 tackles/1 TFL/2 PBUs/3 INTs

Chester Kimbrough - FR: 5 tackles/2 PBUs

Cornerback

Marco Wilson - R-SO: 19 tackles/1.5 TFLs/1 PBU/2 INTs

Kaiir Elam - FR: 5.5 tackles/3 PBUs/2 INTs

Kicker

Evan McPherson - SO: 38-38 PATs/9-11 FGs (81.8%)

Punter

Tommy Townsend - R-SR: 30 punts/44.6 avg/3 touch backs/14 fair catches

Kick/Punt Returner

Freddie Swain - SR: 2 kick returns/19.5 avg//12 punt returns/4.5 avg

Florida’s defense ranks 15th in SP+, but instead of ranking in the top 25 in every category like Georgia, it merely ranks in the top 50 in every category (oh, goodie). But there a few ways they can be taken advantage of. Here’s how:

The Forward Pass

You really don’t want to run on Florida: 20th in rushing defense, 20th in success rate, 32nd in stopping efficiency, 20th in allowing 5-yards per carry. They do allow explosive plays on the ground (82nd) but, overall, are lights out. So the Tigers will have to...gulp...pass to win. And even then that’s not great: 39th in passing defense, 32nd in efficiency, 41st in stopping efficiency, 17th in stopping explosive passing plays, 9th in sack rate. But the passing numbers are technically better than the running numbers. The Missouri receivers have been pretty aloof in handling passes, and that must change to have any success this week. If they stick with the heavy usage of the tight ends, I’ll feel decent about our passing success chances.

Standard Downs

When it comes to passing downs, the Gators are dynamite, ranking 14th overall. So, just like last week, it would be in the Tigers’ best interest to stay on schedule and keep the yards to go manageable. I’m not saying that will happen, mind you, but that’s how you keep Todd Grantham’s “emotional blitzing” from tearing an offense apart.

Third Downs

Oh, those pesky third downs. The Tigers are awful at converting them and...what’s this...the Gators are equally bad at defending them? 62nd in third-and-long, 81st in medium, 60th in short. That’s...not what I expected from the 15th best defense in the country. If the Tigers start magically converting third downs, then you’ll know there’s potential for a good day on Saturday.

Conclusion

I still say this will be an excellent game to attend (if you still need tickets, go here). You won’t see an offensive shoot out, but I do believe that you’ll see some competency from the Tigers. And against a ranked opponent, at home? That’s a magical feeling. Expect this to be super low scoring, but I do believe the Tigers can hang for four quarters.


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