Notebook: Missouri faces a South Carolina team better than their record shows

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The Tigers have a chance to set the tone for SEC play, here’s what Barry Odom thinks

Four weeks ago, most Tiger fans didn’t have September 21st — South Carolina at Missouri — circled on their calendars.

Sure, it would be the opening of SEC play against a team Mizzou hadn’t previously beaten in the last three matchups, but nobody (not me at least) predicted this Saturday’s game would feel like the litmus test of Mizzou’s potential this year.

The Tigers still have what are presumably their toughest two SEC games ahead of them, (Georgia and Florida), but beating South Carolinaf first is a necessity if the Tigers want to keep their hopes for a special season intact.

Scouting Report: South Carolina

Coach Odom holds South Carolina football in high regard, and during Tuesday’s press conference, he discussed the program at length. “I’ve got much, much, much respect for Will and the things he’s done in his career and coaching,” he said, “but also the program that he’s developed and built at South Carolina and just the way his team has played.”

Odom continued his praise, “They play with great skill, they play with great toughness, great schemes, and they’re really, really talented in a lot of areas.”

Odom is well aware of the challenge ahead and the stakes the game holds. “We’ve got our work cut out for us... excited to play at home again and obviously it’s huge to open up SEC play.”

With South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley out for six weeks with a foot injury, true freshman Ryan Hilinski will continue his stretch as the starter against the Tigers. He threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns against Alabama last week.

“I don’t see that they’ve missed a beat,” Odom said about the Gamecocks’ quarterback situation. “Hillinski is a super talented kid. We knew about him in high school, obviously, and then to be put in that moment, he doesn’t look rattled at all. They played really well around him. They’re able to run the ball, they’re balanced— about 250 rushing 250 passing— and he can make every throw on the field.”

Coach Odom was also asked about South Carolina senior wide receiver, Bryan Edwards. “Man, I feel like he and I played against each other, he’s been there forever,” Odom joked. “You know, what a great player and a great competitor. In watching him play last week, he was on a mission, and I admire and respect the way he plays the game.” Edwards had nine catches for 79 yards against #2 Alabama.

Against Alabama, South Carolina rushed for 135 yards on 29 tries averaging 4.7 yards a carry. In regards to the rushing ability the Gamecocks demonstrated, Odom said, “They blocked up front really well. Their offensive line did a heck of a job. They ran extremely well. Solid, tough runs,“ he said. “They did a lot of things on how they attacked them [Alabama]. It was impressive to watch. Coach Odom said, “We’ve got to make sure that somehow, some way, we combat that at the line of scrimmage and try to control it. We’ve got to be great tacklers.”

The Past

Odom looked back on his record against Coach Muschamp’s program saying, “It’s been a close, tested battle since I started here in ‘15.” The closest of the three meetings was a heartbreaker last year in stormy South Carolina. When asked about what he learned from last year’s game, Odom quickly remarked, “Bring an umbrella. Always understand, don’t trust the weather forecast.”

Scouting Report: The Weather Forecast (Don’t trust it)

With scattered thunderstorms in Columbia’s Saturday forecast, a rainy game might be in store yet again. And the Tigers are ready for it. Odom said, “Every Thursday, we put a heavy emphasis on [possible weather-related issues] — we have five gallon buckets of water out there, do our wet ball drills, do all the things. We had a number - two or three practices - that were rainy out, so we got a little work there but also it’s the focus, and the determination, and the grit and the toughness to be able to handle whatever the adversities are.”

Right now, Missouri has the second best defense in the nation for passing yards allowed. Coach Odom responded to the impressive statistic saying, “Next week, we’ll look at it and see again where we stack up but more than just about the numbers, how do we play. We’ll be tested in every area this week, just about.”


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Notebook: Missouri faces a South Carolina team better than their record shows – Rock M Nation

Notebook: Missouri faces a South Carolina team better than their record shows  Rock M Nation

The Tigers have a chance to set the tone for SEC play, here's what Barry Odom thinks.


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South Carolina Gamecocks might be Mizzou Football’s real rivalry game – Rock M Nation

South Carolina Gamecocks might be Mizzou Football’s real rivalry game  Rock M Nation

The SEC has tried to tell Mizzou that their rival is Arkansas for years. The game is played the week of Thanksgiving. The opponent is due south. Their state name ...


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South Carolina is shaping into Missouri’s real SEC rival

NCAA Football: Missouri at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Mizzou’s (real) rivalry week.

The SEC has tried to tell Mizzou that their rival is Arkansas for years. The game is played the week of Thanksgiving. The opponent is due south. Their state name even includes Mizzou’s old rival!

They even made a big, shiny trophy for the winner! What more could you ask for?!

NCAA Football: Missouri at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

But Arkansas isn’t Mizzou’s rival. Not by a long shot. It never was, and it may never be in the future.

I’ve always been of the opinion there are two different classifications of rivalries: traditional and competitive. You can have one without the other. But you can’t have a rivalry without one of those two things involved. There has to be tradition... or competition.

The best rivalries are both traditional & competitive — think North Carolina-Duke in basketball or Michigan-Ohio State in football. Some are traditional, but not competitive —think Mizzou versus kU in football.

And then there are other rivalries, which are competitive... but far from traditional.

This is where Mizzou and South Carolina come in.

Let’s do a thought experiment for a moment: Think of the best, most competitive games Mizzou has played since its arrival in the SEC.

Chances are, a South Carolina game immediately popped up in your head.

Maybe it was the “Connor Shaw comeback” (AKA the Baggett missed kick) game in 2013. I’ll never forget the sound of that football hitting the upright.

Maybe you thought of Mizzou’s insane (impossible?) comeback in the other Columbia back in 2014. I’m still not entirely sure how the Tigers pulled that one off. What a strange (and fun!) season.

You might’ve thought of Drew Lock’s first ever start at Mizzou in less-than-ideal circumstances. Maybe last year’s disastrous loss in the monsoon came to mind.

Those moments are what lead to vivid memories. Those memories are what build a rivalry.

I understand the SEC wants to make the “Battle Line Rivalry” a thing. I get it. I really do. Geographically, it makes sense. And I can also understand why some Mizzou fans want Georgia to be the Tigers’ main “rival.” But let’s be honest, the two programs are just on different playing fields both historically and right now. That series has neither the tradition, nor the competition. Not yet, anyway.

Missouri is a better program historically than South Carolina (although it’s not like the Tigers are leaps & bounds better), but recent history is actually pretty comparable. Both programs started to improve with a solid coaching hire in the early 2000s. For Mizzou, it was Gary Pinkel. For South Carolina, it was Lou Holtz who got the program back on track in 2000 and then Steve Spurrier took it to the next level beginning in 2005.

South Carolina - like Missouri - is one of the more recent additions to the SEC and is still seen by some of the traditional fanbases as a bit of an “outsider.”

The parallels continue, but you get the point. These programs share a lot in common. Both are far from national brands, yet both have seen their team play in meaningful bowl games within the last decade... And both are trying to regain that fleeting feeling under a recently hired coach.

College football rivalries aren’t all created equally. South Carolina will never replace kansas as Missouri’s rival. The Gamecocks don’t have 100 years of history with Mizzou. Your kids don’t go to school with half the class rooting for South Carolina the way they once did with Jayhawk fans. (editor’s note: GROSS)

But it doesn’t have to be that kind of rivalry for it to be a rivalry.

The games are meaningful. They consistently have drama. The programs are perpetually fighting for supremacy among the second tier of the SEC East.

This is a rivalry. And it continues on Saturday. There are already seven meetings between these teams since the Tigers joined the SEC. Four were decided by one score. Another was a one score game until late in the fourth quarter.

Dozens of highlights have been made, with names already etched in our memories. It continues on Saturday.

Welcome to Mizzou’s (real) rivalry week.


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South Carolina Gamecocks Offensive Preview

NCAA Football: Alabama at South Carolina I will use any opportunity possible to post sweaty pictures of Will Muschamp | Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

An offense that utilizes the ground game to stay ahead of the chains and knocks you out with explosive plays if they fall behind schedule. Sound like any other opponent we’ve played this year?

A personal note before we start: I am so excited that we are back to playing FBS teams, not just from an entertainment/competitive standpoint, but from a “reliably finding depth charts and stats” standpoint as well.

However, despite pointing that out, I do have to mention that Will Muschamp is protecting his depth charts like they’re the codes to a nuclear arsenal so I’ve been scrapping together old depth charts and stats to cobble together what I believe to be a reliable depth chart. If I’m wrong, let me know, and I’ll reimburse all the money you spent on this article.

South Carolina just got done taking their ritualistic paddling from Alabama so, if you subscribe to the “body-blow theory” — that Alabama is so much better that any other team that their opponent is more bruised and banged up and performs worse the following week — then you are in luck! Freshman quarterback Ryan Hilsinki, stepping in for the now-football-dead Jake Bentley, played admirably, but this team is predicated on the ground game, just the way Muschamp likes it. From an advanced statistical standpoint, Cocky plays a lot more like Wyoming, except a little more efficient, with a little more passing, and less reliance on turnovers.

That’s what we want, right? Another game like Wyoming?

...anyway, here is the (possible) starting eleven for Saturday:

NCAA Football: Alabama at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Hilinski

Quarterback

Ryan Hilinski – FR: 60-87 (69% [nice])/606 yards/4 TDs/2 INTs/10.1 ypc/3.3% sack rate

Dakereon Joyner – FR: 1-1 (100%)/0 yards/0 TDs/0 INTs

The matchup: The freshman vs. The experience

I ended up watching a good chunk of the Bama/Cocky matchup last week and - no doubt about it - Hilinksi can make some excellent (and risky) throws. However, those 606 yards he’s accumulated over two starts? Well... they weren’t earned in an equal manner.

Let’s play a game! It’s called, “Guess which team was FCS and which was Alabama!” You ready?

Hilinski vs. Team A: 24-30 (80%)/282 yards/2 TDs/1 INT/0 sacks/9.4 ypa

Hilinski vs. Team B: 36-57 (63%)/324 yards/2 TDs/1 INT/3 sacks/5.3 ypa

Team B is, of course, Alabama. More yardage, yes, but so many more throws to do so, while getting smacked around way more frequently.

We’re only three games in, true, but at this point, South Carolina is in a weakened state if it’s forced to throw. They only have a 43% success rate through the air and are neither efficient (84th) nor explosive (104th). Their completion rate is a solid 44th, but that’s only so good if the throws aren’t deep or if your receivers aren’t shaking any tackles. And with the 71st-ranked sack rate in the country, Cocky is going to do whatever it can to protect Hilinski and keep ahead of the chains: their passing downs success rate (2nd/3rd and 5+ yards) is only 25%. That’s definitely something the experienced Missouri secondary — with their 10th-ranked defensive passing success rate — can feast on.

NCAA Football: Alabama at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Rico Dowdle

Running Back

Rico Dowdle – SR: 33 rushes/251 yards/7.6 ypc/2 TDs/6.14 HLT/66.7% OPP rate/57.6% success rate

Tavien Feaster – SR: 29 rushes/169 yards/5.8 ypc/1 TD/5.98 HLT/48.3% OPP rate/41.4% success rate

The matchup: Efficiency vs. explosions

I know this doesn’t jive with the “BARRY ODOM’S DEFENSES ARE GARBAGE” crowd but... we have a solid defense (46th), that - as mentioned previously - keeps passing success rate incredibly low and keeps opposing ground games in check with their NINTH-ranked defensive rushing success rate. The issue, as you may recall me pointing out previously, is the explosive plays, where our defense ranks ... (pulls on collar)... 104th. To explain that in simple terms, you won’t be able to move the ball on the ground on the Tiger D, but if you do, it’s going a long, long way. South Carolina, by the way? 20th in rushing success rate, 22nd in rushing explosiveness. The Gamecocks will get the yards on the ground in some fashion and it would behoove them to consistently test our defense on the ground until they land some hay-makers. If Missouri limits the explosive rushes to one or two, they’ll have a chance to put a stranglehold on the South Carolina offense. If not, it’s going to be a long day.

NCAA Football: Charleston Southern at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Bryan Edwards

Wide Receiver

Bryan Edwards – SR: 25 targets/15 catches (60%)/198 yards/2 TDs/52% success rate

OrTre Smith – SO: 7 targets/4 catches (57.1%)/42 yards/0 TDs/42.9% success rate

Wide Receiver

Josh Vann – SO: 14 targets/9 catches (64.3%)/62 yards/0 TDs/28.6% success rate

Jay Urich – SO: 1 target/0 catches (0%)/0 yards/0 TDs/0% success rate

Slot Receiver

Shi Smith – JR: 20 targets/13 catches (65%)/158 yards/1 TD/45% success rate

Randrecous Davis – JR: x

Tight End

Kyle Markway – JR: 15 targets/11 catches (73.3%)/120 yards/2 TDs/60% success rate

Nick Muse – JR: 8 targets/5 catches (75%)/43 yards/0 TDs/62.5% success rate

The matchup: Slots vs. Nickels

As a unit, the Missouri secondary is excellent, but any weaknesses we have are in individual matchups. After the Wyoming game, I mentioned that the only success the Cowboys had through the air were their slot receivers and tight ends beating man coverage by the linebackers and safeties. Neither West Virginia nor SEMO could exploit that matchup, but South Carolina absolutely can:

South Carolina Slots/Tight Ends: 58 targets/40 catches/383 yards/3 TDs

All other South Carolina Receivers: 56 targets/37 catches/365 yards/2 TDs*

*25 targets/15 catches/198 yards/2 TDs of that is one guy, Bryan Edwards

Bryan Edwards can - and will - destroy a secondary if you let him, but I’m more concerned on the inside matchups. Is that because I have too much confidence in DeMarkus Acy to shut down a #1 receiver? Yeah, maybe it is. But it’s also because offensive coordinators who are much smarter than me can also recognize Missouri’s issues with the inside receiver matchup and will work to exploit it.

NCAA Football: Georgia at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Sadarius Huthcerseon (50) and Donell Stanley (72)

Left Tackle

Sadarius Hutcherson – JR

Jakai Moore – FR

Left Guard

Donnell Stanley – SR

Jordan Rhodes – SO

Center

Hank Manos – R-FR

Vincent Murphy – FR

Right Guard

Eric Douglas – SO

Jovaughn Gwyn – R-FR

Right Tackle

Dylan Wonnum – SO

Eric Douglas – SO

The matchup: Protection vs. Pressure

In the running game, Cocky’s line is elite: 17th in getting the running back 5-yard gains, 17th in avoiding run stuffs, 36th at converting 3rd-downs with short yardage to go.

In the passing game, Cocky’s line is vulnerable: 71st in sack rate, 105th in converting passing downs.

Get them to throw, please. It’s basically a guaranteed way to limit their ability to move the ball at all.


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Film Room: QB Run Predictions

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

There’s little to learn from a blowout, so let’s take stock of the state of the quarterback run game.

Well, the Tigers dispatched the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri with ease, just as we expected. Whew!

I don’t think there’s much to learn from this ritual bloodletting, so I thought we might revisit some predictions I made before the season started.

In the first two Film Room installments, I played the oracle, speculating about how Derek Dooley would use his new quarterback Kelly Bryant in the run game.

Spoiler: ALMOST NONE OF MY PREDICTIONS WERE RIGHT.

Let’s compare my pathetic attempts at divination with what we have seen on the field thus far.

1. I guessed that we would see Quarterback Counter Trap, a play Bryant frequently ran at Clemson.

Truth value?

Dooley has not called for it.

2. I speculated that we would see Inverted Veer, another staple of Clemson’s quarterback run game.

Truth value?

Mizzou has not run it once.

3. I supposed that Dooley would frequently structure run plays to allow Bryant to read the backside of the defense in the run game, giving him the opportunity to the keep the ball and run.

Truth value?

Well, not perfectenschlag. But I wasn’t entirely wrong.

Dooley has let Bryant read. I was right about that. Where I was wrong, however, was the frequency — I thought Bryant would be reading much more — and method — Dooley has limited Bryant’s chances to read to a single play that was called very infrequently last year. I didn’t see that coming.

Let’s look at the quarterback run-read game from last year, and compare it to what we have seen so far this year.

The vast majority of the time Lock was asked to read on two plays: Counter Trap and Outside Zone, so let’s start there.

Counter Trap

Last Year

In 2018, the Counter Trap scheme was Dooley’s second-favorite run call, just behind Inside Zone. (I discussed both Counter Trap and Inside Zone here.) Not all the Counter Trap plays Dooley employed called for Lock to make a read, but many did. In fact, the great majority of Lock’s read keeps were on Counter Trap plays.

Here is a diagram of a version of Counter Trap that asks the QB to read.

QB hands off unless DE crashes on RB

Here I offer some examples of Lock keeping the ball on Counter Trap. Many went for big plays.

Versus Purdue

Against Georgia

This Year

To me, the single most surprising change in year two of Dooley’s offense has been the practical disappearance of the Counter Trap. Before the SEMO, Mizzou had run Counter Trap plays exactly two times in each of the first two game (I’m not counting garbage time calls, only plays where Bryant is under center). That’s four times out of 69 total run calls, less than 6%. By contrast, Counter Trap schemes represented almost 20% of all run calls last year.

And counter (ahem) to my hypothesis, each of the four times Dooley called the play in weeks one and two, it was a version of the play that eliminates the QB read.

For example, on this snap against West Virginia, Dooley kept a heavy wing on the backside to block the player who would otherwise be the read man.

The read man (in red) is blocked by the H back. QB does not have a read.

The Tigers ran this play twice against WVU. To the right with Larry Rountree III,

And to the left with Tyler Badie.

The SEMO game saw a relative spike in Counter Trap plays. Dooley dialed up six Counter Traps out of 28 run calls, about the frequency we saw last year. This one is a Counter Trap GH (the backside guard and H back are the pullers) to Badie with Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms and Albert O leading the way.

Counter Trap GH

Neither the center nor the left guard come off for the Mike LB, but Rountree still gets four yards.

Not only did we see more Counter Trap against the Redhawks, but we saw the first instance of Counter Trap that supports my prediction, one that allowed Bryant to read the backside and possibly keep the ball.

The EMOL (B in red) is unblocked. Bryant must read him.

This is a Counter Trap GT (the pullers are the backside guard and tackle) led by Case Cook and Hyrin White.

With the tackle pulling there is no one to block the end man on the line of scrimmage (EMOL), an outside linebacker (#8) in this case. The read man stays at home, so Bryant hands off.

I figured we would see more Counter Trap and more versions of the play that would allow Bryant to read. In both cases, I was wrong.

Outside Zone

Last Year

When Lock kept the ball on a run read that wasn’t Counter Trap, the play was almost certainly Outside Zone. Here is a diagram of an Outside Zone play that allows the quarterback to read the backside.

The QB hands off unless the end crashs down on the RB.

Some examples of the success Lock had when keeping the ball on Outside Zone:

Against Tennessee.

Versus South Carolina.

For all that success in 2018, Bryant has not yet kept the ball on an Outside Zone play. This is not due to defensive reaction; it is by design. Dooley has yet to run an Outside Zone that offers the opportunity for a read. He has removed the read in several ways.

  • With an H back blocking the EMOL with what I have been calling a Wham block
Backside end man (W in red) is blocked by H back.

Dooley employed this play twice against West Virginia.

  • By turning back the tackle on an run-pass-option, or RPO
EMOL (T in red) is blocked.

In this scheme, it is the backside linebacker who is unblocked, not the EMOL. Notice the linebacker (#17?) move toward the line, keying Bryant to throw the slant behind him to Albert O.

  • And out of the Pistol alignment which requires a handoff that precludes a read.

Notice that out of Pistol Bryant must open back and to the playside. Even though the EMOL is unblocked Bryant has no way of reading the backside of the defense.

I expected Bryant to be given more opportunities to keep the ball on Outside Zone. Once again, this conjecture was incorrect.

Inside Zone Search

In fact, Dooley has only employed one run scheme that allows Bryant to make a read, what I’ve termed Inside Zone Search. On this play, the H back crosses the formation like he does on Wham, but he passes up the EMOL and searches out the backside inside linebacker.

H back passes up the read man, searching for the inside linebacker.

Dooley used the scheme last year with Lock, though very sparingly. On one of those rare occasions that it was called, Lock took one in for a TD against Arkansas.

This is the play design.

And this is the execution.

Thus far into the 2019 season, Dooley has called Search eleven times with Bryant has keeping the ball on seven of those plays. The first two times both came on the first drive against Wyoming, both of which we looked at here.

Here is another example from the WVU game.

That was a solid gain, but they didn’t all work out well. The play that knocked Bryant out of the WVU game (by making him “overheated” as was initially reported) was also a Search call.

WVU brings the “heat” with a “feverish” gang tackle.

Conclusion

If I’m trying to find a reason to explain why my predictions were so off-base — that is, if I cling to the narrative that Dooley would be doing things according to my prognosticating if only for an unforseen (by me at least) reason — this last play suggests one.

Should Bryant have to miss time, the list of QBs that could replace him is dangerously short on both bodies and experience. Perhaps Dooley is limiting Bryant’s running to preserve his health, even if it prevents Dooley’s ability from fully exploiting Bryant’s ability.

And maybe, just maybe, there’s reason to think my predictions could still prove correct. With the SEC portion of the schedule upon us, perhaps we’ll see Dooley risk opening up the run-read section of the playbook to take advantage of his skilled runner of a quarterback.

If that happens, we’ll give it a close look in the Film Room.


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Kelly Bryant is “a light who’s going to shine bright”

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Kelly Bryant is “a light”

Lots of chatter today during both Missouri’s and South Carolina’s media days, and you can read all about it below. There’s a lot of go through and a little something for everyone!

However, this video from The State, featuring South Carolina WR and former QB, Jay Urich, was my favorite. Urich had some really nice things to say about Kelly Bryant, who he’s known since high school (he took over the QB slot at Wren HS when Kelly graduated). Have a listen.


Yesterday at Rock M

  • Nate is back with a new Beyond the Box Score, begging us to look at dead bodies (?).
  • Josh looked at Missouri’s attendance here and how we had better numbers in our FCS matchup (!) this past week than some pretty surprising schools (OREGON!?!)
  • Ryan’s got a new depth chart for us (with a couple changes in the “or”). He’s got good news about Yasir Durant.

More Links:

  • Mizzou Network did a sit down with AD Jim Sterk to catch up on all things Mizzou Athletics.
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Hochman had a great story about the “Mayor of Columbia,” Sophie Cunningham, and how she’s adjusted to life in the WNBA. A must read.
  • BenFred’s Top 5 on STL Today includes tidbits about how Mizzou-made Mad Max Scherzer really, really likes to pitch in his hometown, and how the “curse” of the SEC quarterbacks didn’t really hurt our upcoming opponent too much. (side note- cross your fingers, toes, eyes, knock on some wood, throw some salt over your shoulder, sage everything, etc.... whatever you need to do to keep KB healthy)
  • Barry Odom’s media day press conference was (ahem)... brief today— only 13 minutes. Check out the coverage of your choosing from: Matter / Gabe (video & transcript)
  • KC Star: Schiff wrote about Tucker McCann— the “Swiss Army knife” of special teams.
  • PowerMizzou: Mitchell’s got a very detailed Notebook for y’all to check out (free of charge).
  • Eric Bossi of Rivals did an in-depth interview with everyone’s favorite hoops recruiting target, Caleb Love ($$).
  • The Athletic did a super cool regional Live Q&A on Monday to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of the The Athletic- St. Louis. One of the featured guests was Peter Baugh, who answered all your Tigers football questions. You can read it here ($$)
  • From The State: South Carolina Head Coach Will Muschamp talks Missouri (video)
  • 247 Sports had a piece on Jay Urich’s relationship with Kelly Bryant.
  • The Columbia Tribune posted a story on behalf of Pete Iacobelli of the AP about how South Carolina’s desperation makes them a dangerous team.
  • Bennett Durando of the Columbia Missourian did a truly fascinating Q&A with Wayne Kreklow about travel, retirement, and playing with Larry Bird.
  • In non-athletics related news, Emily Roiger of the Missourian had an interesting article about enrollment at Mizzou, and guess what? It’s good, guys! 16% growth in MU’s freshman class despite declines in national college enrollment? MU’s retention rate also reached all-time highs? We’ll take it!
  • If you’re looking to sign up for ESPN+, Rock M Nation now has an affiliate link: click Here for ESPN+ Now!

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Missouri’s receivers are ready to run downfield – Columbia Missourian

Missouri's receivers are ready to run downfield  Columbia Missourian

Kelly Bryant unleashed the deep ball against SEMO. The Tigers are looking to do more of that.


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For one Gamecock, facing Missouri’s Kelly Bryant is like facing a brother – The State

For one Gamecock, facing Missouri’s Kelly Bryant is like facing a brother  The State

The South Carolina Gamecocks football team has a good amount of experience with Missouri Tigers QB Kelly Bryant, a former Clemson QB. He's got a key USC ...


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How Missouri kicker Tucker McCann has led a revived special teams unit for the Tigers – Kansas City Star

How Missouri kicker Tucker McCann has led a revived special teams unit for the Tigers  Kansas City Star

Missouri's special teams ranked among the country's worst in 2018. Now the Tigers have made a weapon out of the unit, led by Tucker McCann and Richaud ...


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How Missouri kicker Tucker McCann has led a revived special teams unit for the Tigers – Kansas City Star

How Missouri kicker Tucker McCann has led a revived special teams unit for the Tigers  Kansas City Star

Missouri's special teams ranked among the country's worst in 2018. Now the Tigers have made a weapon out of the unit, led by Tucker McCann and Richaud ...


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Muschamp dissects where improvements are needed – 247Sports

Muschamp dissects where improvements are needed  247Sports

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp breaks down where he wants his team to improve, plus looks at a lot of hot-button topics entering Missouri week.


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Muschamp dissects where improvements are needed – 247Sports

Muschamp dissects where improvements are needed  247Sports

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp breaks down where he wants his team to improve, plus looks at a lot of hot-button topics entering Missouri week.


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Mizzou shifts focus to SEC opener vs. Gamecocks – STLtoday.com

  1. Mizzou shifts focus to SEC opener vs. Gamecocks  STLtoday.com
  2. Week 4 Depth Chart: Small shifts on o-line ahead of South Carolina matchup  Rock M Nation
  3. Missouri players declare South Carolina game a ‘grown man’ rivalry  Saturday Down South
  4. Odds: South Carolina Gamecocks named road underdogs vs. Missouri Tigers  Garnet And Black Attack
  5. Muschamp dissects where improvements are needed  247Sports
  6. View full coverage on Google News

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Mizzou shifts focus to SEC opener vs. Gamecocks – STLtoday.com

Mizzou shifts focus to SEC opener vs. Gamecocks  STLtoday.com

COLUMBIA, Mo. — It's time for conference play for the Missouri Tigers, and in the Southeastern Conference, it just means more. Unless you're Barry Odom at his ...


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Missouri players declare South Carolina game a ‘grown man’ rivalry – Saturday Down South

Missouri players declare South Carolina game a ‘grown man’ rivalry  Saturday Down South

The Mayor's Cup is at stake this week between South Carolina and Missouri as the Columbia schools meet for the 10th time with the Gamecocks holding a ...


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Barry Odom admits staff used selective play calling with SEC play looming – Saturday Down South

Barry Odom admits staff used selective play calling with SEC play looming  Saturday Down South

Missouri opened its season with games against Wyoming, West Virginia and Southeast Missouri State, and that allowed the Tigers to deploy a conservative ...


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Wyoming football is still seeking a cure for its slow starts – Lake Geneva Regional News

Wyoming football is still seeking a cure for its slow starts  Lake Geneva Regional News

LARAMIE -- No one can put a finger on it. “I'm not 100 percent sure,” senior linebacker Logan Wilson said. “We'll look at the film and see what we need to do.”.


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Neal Brown Brings West Virginia ‘Blue-Collar’ Approach In Win Over NC State – The Smoking Musket

Neal Brown Brings West Virginia ‘Blue-Collar’ Approach In Win Over NC State  The Smoking Musket

"For us to play winning football, we have to identify ourselves as a blue-collar unit," Brown said. That was the message the head coach of the West Virginia ...


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Neal Brown Brings West Virginia ‘Blue-Collar’ Approach In Win Over NC State – The Smoking Musket

Neal Brown Brings West Virginia ‘Blue-Collar’ Approach In Win Over NC State  The Smoking Musket

"For us to play winning football, we have to identify ourselves as a blue-collar unit," Brown said. That was the message the head coach of the West Virginia ...


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Wyoming football is still seeking a cure for its slow starts – The Wellsboro Gazette

Wyoming football is still seeking a cure for its slow starts  The Wellsboro Gazette

LARAMIE -- No one can put a finger on it. “I'm not 100 percent sure,” senior linebacker Logan Wilson said. “We'll look at the film and see what we need to do.”.


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Week 4 Depth Chart: Small shifts on o-line ahead of South Carolina matchup – Rock M Nation

Week 4 Depth Chart: Small shifts on o-line ahead of South Carolina matchup  Rock M Nation

An injury won't keep Yasir Durant out of this week's depth chart, and two young linemen earn increased roles.


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Week 4 Depth Chart: Small shifts on o-line ahead of South Carolina matchup

West Virginia v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

An injury won’t keep Yasir Durant out of this week’s depth chart, and two young linemen earn increased roles.

Missouri released its fourth official depth chart of 2019 on Tuesday following a dominant, shutout win over Southeast Missouri State. With their first Southeastern Conference matchup against South Carolina looming this weekend, get caught up on the Tigers’ two-deep in preparation for a visit from the Gamecocks.

Here’s the full depth chart with some quick reactions following it:

Offense

Quarterback

Running Back

Wide Receiver

  • 9 Jalen Knox* 6-0 195 So. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)

-OR-

  • 13 Kam Scott* 6-2 170 So. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Wide Receiver

Slot Receiver

-OR-

Left Tackle

  • 70 Yasir Durant** 6-7 330 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep/Arizona Western)
  • 76 Javon Foster 6-6 315 RSFr. West Bloomfield, Mich. (West Bloomfield)

Left Guard

  • 59 Case Cook 6-5 295 RSSo. Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)

-OR-

  • 79 Larry Borom* 6-6 340 RSSo. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)

Center

Right Guard

Right Tackle

-OR-

Tight End

Defense

Defensive End

-OR-

Defensive Tackle

Defensive Tackle

Defensive End

Weakside Linebacker

Middle Linebacker

Cornerback

Cornerback

  • 2 DeMarkus Acy*** 6-2 195 Sr. Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins)
  • 14 Adam Sparks** 6-0 180 Jr. Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown)

Free Safety

Strong Safety

Boundary Safety

-OR-

Special teams

Kicker

Punter

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

Kick Returner

  • 1 Tyler Badie* 5-9 190 So. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)
  • 34 Larry Rountree III** 5-10 210 Jr. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
  • 13 Kam Scott* 6-2 170 So. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)
  • 9 Jalen Knox* 6-0 195 So. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)

Punt Returner

  • 17 Richaud Floyd*** 5-11 190 Gr. Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport)
  • 12 Johnathon Johnson*** 5-10 180 RSSr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)

Depth chart analysis

Durant back after leaving Saturday with injury

Missouri left tackle Yasir Durant is arguably the most important part of the offensive line.

As a senior and the lone lineman voted to the preseason All-SEC third team, the Tigers’ offense will only go as far as Durant can help take them. That’s why when Durant left last Saturday’s matchup against Southeast Missouri State with what a team spokesperson described as a “neck injury,” there was at least some cause for concern.

There isn’t much in terms of experience among the backups on the line. Durant’s primary backup, Javon Foster, is a redshirt freshman and played only minimal snaps against SEMO and West Virginia. If Durant were to have gone down for an extended period of time, it would’ve been a struggle for Missouri to replace what he brings to the table.

Head coach Barry Odom didn’t see much room for worry after the game, though, saying, “It sounded like, if we were in a tight game, he would have continued to play.”

And now that the new depth chart is out and Durant is once again atop the roster at left tackle, there is no need to worry about the line heading into the game against South Carolina.

Cook, Lawrence’s roles increase

Missouri’s offensive line also saw a shake up on the depth chart at left guard and right tackle.

Both Case Cook and Bobby Lawrence earned their first starts of the season in place of Larry Borom and Hyrin White during the SEMO game, with Odom saying the two had a better week of practice and therefore earned the chance to start against the Redhawks.

On the updated depth chart, Cook and Borom now share the “or” distinction at left guard, while White and Lawrence share the distinction at right tackle. With Cook and Lawrence’s continued improvement throughout the weeks and their solid performances last Saturday, it looks like those jobs remain up for grabs heading into SEC play.

And with him still maintaining his spot as the backup center, Cook in particular should be on the field a lot more often moving forward.


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2019 Mizzou Football: Week 4 vs South Carolina

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The most important game of the young season pits the Tigers against a burgeoning rival.

Previewing and reviewing the Missouri Football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on September 21st, 2019.


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2019 Mizzou Football: Week 4 vs South Carolina – Rock M Nation

2019 Mizzou Football: Week 4 vs South Carolina  Rock M Nation

The most important game of the young season pits the Tigers against a burgeoning rival.


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Beyond the Box Score: The “Do you want to see a dead body?” Edition

Blood. Just........blood. Like......everywhere.

Good news, Tiger fans: the result is exactly what we thought it was going to be. It was over, essentially, at the 11:07 mark, when Cale Garrett snagged that pass out of the air and was promptly escorted to the end zone. The bad news, as it were, is twofold:

  1. Because of the quality of opponent, the only things you can truly take away from this game are bad.
  2. Missouri has still not shown a complete game on offense.

I’ll get more into the second statement later on; I just want you all thinking about it as we go through this exercise.

SPEAKING OF THIS EXERCISE I’m going to abandon the previous two formats because there were approximately 87 different key stats that went Missouri’s way in the lopsided victory over SEMO. So I’ll post the advanced box score and show you the individual stats as well, but I thought it might be more interesting to show you how we performed against each team. Again, after working through 75% of the Missouri non-conference schedule, I’m trying to figure out what this team is, and hopefully through a direct comparison, we all can come to a better conclusion.

TO THE STATS, JEEVES!

Advanced Box Score

Comparison #1: The passing game

So...Wyoming was the best passing team we’ve seen so far this year :/

First off, I want to make sure you all are absolutely aware of the fact that SEMO averaged one yard per passing attempt, and they only had 18% of their pass plays result in a successful play (50% of needed yardage 1D/70% 2D/100% 3D & 4D). Like I said: blood. Everywhere.

But, zooming out to our 3-game sample here, we see that West Virginia tagged the most yardage on us, but this is why we don’t go by raw stats. Looking at success rates shows that Wyoming had the best passing attack against us by far, and they only completed 6 of 16 passes. There is obviously more context beyond even an advanced box score: Wyoming’s running game, for example, opened up play action beautifully and lessened the need of a passing game in general, but the Missouri passing defense has been excellent against what is, truthfully, some awful passing teams. Does that mean they’ll hold up against a competent passing team? For that, we’ll have to wait and see this weekend, but in three individual tests, DeMarkus Acy & Associates (editor’s note: is this a new law office like Smith & Smith?) have exceeded expectations.

Comparison #2: The running game

Again...SEMO, I’m so sorry

Last week I told you that we made West Virginia look like an FCS team and quipped that SEMO would post better rushing numbers than the Mountaineers did. I’m going to give myself partial credit on that one. The Redhawks ran the ball the same number of times for 6 more yards, had better line yards per carry, and had better highlight yards, but the Mountaineers were more successful (relatively speaking) and got 5-yard rushes at a better clip. I do find it hilarious that they both ran 29 times and were stuffed at the same 41.4% rate, though.

And then there’s dear, sweet, Wyoming, capitalizing on first game glitches and 3 big running plays. Sigh. It still hurts, yes, but take solace in the fact that — even with their big-hitters — they still did not generate five yards better than the national average and still got stuffed at the line right at the national average. And their play-style hasn’t changed, mind you: throwing the ball less than 20 times and running non-stop while getting some turnovers was exactly how they beat Texas State and Idaho as well. They’re just a damn frustrating team that isn’t flashy and still beats you (just like this Bill Snyder K-State teams).

But back to Missouri: opponents have been seeing better success on the ground than in the air, but that’s mostly skewed because of the Wyoming game,and its still a year-to-date average of under 30% (national average is 41%). Critics will say that these three opponents “ain’t nobody,” which is fine (these are not team-adjusted numbers), but supporters will rightfully claim that holding any team to under the national average over 3 games is pretty damn good. We’ll see how that stacks up as we play our first team without our advantage of any built-in talent or depth.

Comparison #3: Success Rates

What do I see? I SEMO blood

And this is where I have some reservations about the Tigers: we have yet to see a solid, consistent effort from the Missouri offense. Yes, you can couch a lot of the later-game crashes to the backups playing over matched teams, but I think there’s some concerns that Barry Odom wanted to work on, and that’s why the 1s stayed in the SEMO game far longer than they should have.

Look at that Wyoming game: 40-45% Success Rate is generally where an average college offense will operate at from quarter to quarter, and Missouri was slightly better than average for three quarters before a frenzied rush in Q4. Now, a lot of that lower success rate was turnover-related, but the fact remains that the Wyoming defensive was able to limit Missouri’s explosiveness and force them to matriculate down the field and experience a lot of stuffed runs at the line. Once Missouri finally got clicking in the pass game, they got to 60%, but that wasn’t until late in the game (and, did you know? we lost).

West Virginia was the offense’s best game, but after halftime, the starters couldn’t get anything going— run or pass. In fact, Missouri was at a 20% success rate 16 plays into the third quarter with a punt and missed field goal, and then resigned themselves to just run out the clock (at which point, they started notching more successful plays).

And SEMO? As Sam pointed out immediately, the Tigers put together a blistering 9 minutes and then... lost interest? Became complacent? Whatever the reason, the Tigers, against an FCS foe, did slightly better than average for the remaining 45 minutes, 22 of which were still featuring the starters. And again, I hate to be a downer about this, but Missouri had 10 third downs in the game and only converted two because... and I’m not making this up... the average yards to go was seventeen (!!!). Seventeen yards! Against an FCS foe! I certainly did not approve of Odom and Dooley leaving the 1s in, but they are seeing some inconsistencies and concerns that they wanted ironed out against an inferior foe. Whether they did or not is unclear at this point, but this is not a consistent offense at all. Elite at times, mediocre for random other instances.

Missouri Week to Week

Areas of Regression

  • Points Per Opportunity: 5.4 -> 5.0
  • Third Down Conversions: 46.7% -> 20.0%
  • Average Yards to Go (3rd Down): 6.1 -> 17.7
  • Average Starting Field Position: 37.4 -> 28.8

Areas of Improvement

(basically everything, lol)

  • Yards Per Play: 4.8 -> 7.4
  • Scoring Opportunities: 7 -> 10
  • Yards Per Passing Attempt: 4.5 -> 9.2
  • Yards Per Passing Completion: 7.9 -> 15.0
  • Average First Down Gain: 5.0 -> 8.0

Extra Points

  • In this week’s edition of “Tyler Badie is Missouri’s MVP” our favorite scat back again had a 100% catch rate, but with only a 33% success rate. He had fewer carries, yards, line-yards per carry, success rate, and opportunity rate than Larry Rountree III, but he did have better yards per carry and nearly double the highlight yards of ‘Tree 3 (editor’s note: the Fifth Down podcasting duo has renamed him Larry Three-sticks, so I hear-by veto ‘‘Tree 3’ ).
  • Maurice Massey has been targeted twice. Both instances were in the red zone, both instances he ran a fade to the corner, and - as a bonus - SEMO picked off the pass. I understand that he had the highlight, one-handed grab during training camp, but is there possibly a different set of routes and situations the offensive staff could work him into?
  • Before this game SEMO, was ranked 34th in Bill C’s (very beta!) FCS SP+ rankings. After playing Missouri, they jumped to 29th. When the SEMO offense is clicking, it’s throwing quick passes to the sideline, having a few break out, and utilizing the run game once the defense is stretched. It absolutely works against FCS teams... it absolutely did not against an SEC secondary. I’m not sure if they’ll make it the FCS Playoff this year, but they did so last year and I couldn’t help but feel bad as they got repeatedly detonated by Tiger defenders (and special teamers).
  • ... seriously SEMO averaged 4.9 yards per catch and 2 yards per carry :(
  • ... and West Virginia, which averaged 1.8 yards per carry against Missouri, just put up 44 points on NC State :)

Here’s the advanced stat sheet. Seriously, the SEMO stat sheet is so very, very, upsetting.

Offensive Stats
Defensive Stats

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Missouri fans are showing up for their Tigers, who owe them a big win – Rock M Nation

Missouri fans are showing up for their Tigers, who owe them a big win  Rock M Nation

Despite the season opening loss to Wyoming, Missouri's attendance numbers have rebounded. Will the Tigers reward fan loyalty with a big win over South ...


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Missouri fans are showing up for the Tigers, who could reward them with a big win

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the season opening loss, Missouri’s attendance numbers have rebounded. Will the team reward fan loyalty with a big win over South Carolina?

There’s a thing that sports fans online like to do when engaging with fans of rival teams called, “crowd-shaming.” It probably doesn’t need to be explained — the name alone should be enough to go on — but just for the sake of caution: crowd shaming is the practice of calling out a school or fan base for poor attendance despite the promise of at least decent results.

There are a number of reasons why crowd shaming is bad, not the least of which is that going to sporting events is an expensive thing to do, especially when you could watch the game in the comfort and practice fiscal responsibility in your own home. There’s also the security of knowing you won’t be arrested if you throw something out of frustration.

Still, crowd shaming happens. There’s no way around it, especially when once proud programs find themselves in rebuilding mode, much like Missouri has been in for the past several years. Fans never like to miss out on pointing out Schadenfreude whenever they see it. Looking at you, Tennessee!

For several years now, Missouri has been fighting the attendance battle, actively hunting down fans to get them through the gates on Saturdays. It seems to be working: the attendance numbers this year indicate a level of interest that hasn’t been present since the latter days of Gary Pinkel. For Saturday’s drubbing of SEMO, more than 56,000 fans showed up to drink a beer, eat greasy concession stand food and do the Missouri Waltz after the first quarter (a good decision, IMHO, though who could blame someone for defecting after getting to finally check the waltz off their gameday list?)

For perspective, here are a few teams that didn’t get to 56,000 fans in week three.

Arkansas: 55,583 on hand to see them beat up on Colorado State.

Arizona: 37,307 showed up to watch Khalil Tate run around everyone in the Texas Tech program.

Ole Miss: 45,238 watched the Rebels almost poop their pants to Southeastern.

Oregon: Yes, even No. 16 Oregon struggled to bring fans, only attracting 49,098 to watch the nationally-ranked Ducks play Montana.

Missouri, on the other hand, hosted an FCS school that looked clearly overmatched before the season ever started. These types of games are kryptonite for athletic departments, especially ones still suffering casual fan apathy after a season opening loss to Wyoming. But on Saturday, more than 56,000 people showed up to cheer the Tigers to victory, even if a win was assured after only eight minutes.

This coming Saturday will be a different story. South Carolina is coming to town, and even if almost no one knows what the Mayor’s Cup is, there’s sure to be more fanfare for the Gamecocks than there were the Redhawks. Two years ago, it’s the type of game Barry Odom would be begging fans to show up to. Now he’s finding fans after games to personally thank them for coming and staying. The head coach may not have won over the hearts of Arm Chair Twitterbacks, but he’s certainly trying with the laypeople.

So with the meat of Missouri’s schedule looming — and few concrete answers on whether or not the Tigers are as good as they should be — it appears fans have responded to everything the university is throwing at them. From the new South End Zone to alcohol access, a trip to Memorial Stadium feels more worth the price of admission than ever.

Here’s to hoping, however, that those are just footnotes to a major Missouri victory come early Sunday morning. If Tiger fans are going to show up in droves to watch the Tigers put the hurt on an in-state blood donor, the least they can do is show up in a big way against a conference foe which may or may not be the breakthrough this season’s team needs.


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The Caleb Love sweepstakes are getting serious

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Get out your tank tops, because the heat is turning up on Caleb Love’s recruitment

It may be football season, but we’re currently in the midst of the most intriguing Missouri basketball recruitment of the Cuonzo Martin era. No, the Porters don’t count.

A little over a week after Caleb Love’s visit to Columbia seemingly turned the tables on the blue-chip point guard’s recruitment, things heated up on Monday with several visit announcements.

Sam broke down which tea leaves you should be reading in the coming weeks, and part of that equation is watching how each of the Tigers’ competitors does in their own recruiting battles. If you’ve been paying attention, it’s not surprising the Cardinals are turning up the heat on Love.

That’s a big miss for Louisville, who can’t possibly have many names above Love on their big board. At this point there’s nothing more Cuonzo and Co. can do other than continue their all-in momentum. Missouri fans can only sit back and enjoy the ride of being a finalist for one of the best players in the country.


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The Caleb Love sweepstakes is getting serious

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Get out your tank tops, because the heat is turning up on Caleb Love’s recruitment

It may be football season, but we’re currently in the midst of the most intriguing Missouri basketball recruitment of the Cuonzo Martin era. No, the Porters don’t count.

A little over a week after Caleb Love’s visit to Columbia seemingly turned the tables on the blue-chip point guard’s recruitment, things heated up on Monday with several visit announcements.

Sam broke down which tea leaves you should be reading in the coming weeks, and part of that equation is watching how each of the Tigers’ competitors does in their own recruiting battles. If you’ve been paying attention, it’s not surprising the Cardinals are turning up the heat on Love.

That’s a big miss for Louisville, who can’t possibly have many names above Love on their big board. At this point there’s nothing more Cuonzo and Co. can do other than continue their all-in momentum. Missouri fans can only sit back and enjoy the ride of being a finalist for one of the best players in the country.


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The Caleb Love sweepstakes is getting serious

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Get out your tank tops, because the heat is turning up on Caleb Love’s recruitment

It may be football season, but we’re currently in the midst of the most intriguing Missouri basketball recruitment of the Cuonzo Martin era. No, the Porters don’t count.

A little over a week after Caleb Love’s visit to Columbia seemingly turned the tables on the blue-chip point guard’s recruitment, things heated up on Monday with several visit announcements.

Sam broke down which tea leaves you should be reading in the coming weeks, and part of that equation is watching how each of the Tigers’ competitors does in their own recruiting battles. If you’ve been paying attention, it’s not surprising the Cardinals are turning up the heat on Love.

That’s a big miss for Louisville, who can’t possibly have many names above Love on their big board. At this point there’s nothing more Cuonzo and Co. can do other than continue their all-in momentum. Missouri fans can only sit back and enjoy the ride of being a finalist for one of the best players in the country.


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Missouri vs. South Carolina – 9/21/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction – Sports Chat Place

Missouri vs. South Carolina - 9/21/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction  Sports Chat Place

The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Missouri Tigers meet in a week 4 SEC conference college football matchup from Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field on ...


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First and 10: Want a feel-good story? Say hello to Florida’s Kyle Trask – Saturday Down South

First and 10: Want a feel-good story? Say hello to Florida’s Kyle Trask  Saturday Down South

Kyle Trask could have left. Many QBs do. He stayed. Now he and the Gators still have SEC title hopes. Matt Hayes on Trask's 4-year wait and everything else ...


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PODCAST: Mizzou Football Stays Healthy and Took Care of Business – Rock M Nation

PODCAST: Mizzou Football Stays Healthy and Took Care of Business  Rock M Nation

Welcome back to another round of The Fifth Down with Mitch Hill and Bennett Hughes! It was a pretty complete victory for the Tigers on Saturday against SEMO, ...


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PODCAST: Mizzou Football Stays Healthy and Took Care of Business

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Fifth Down returns to recap Mizzou’s big win and what happened in College Football

Welcome back to another round of The Fifth Down with Mitch Hill and Bennett Hughes! It was a pretty complete victory for the Tigers on Saturday against SEMO, reflected in that 50-0 score. Mizzou got out of the game healthy and a matchup with South Carolina looms.

Mitch and Bennett dive into what they saw from the Tigers on Saturday and see if there is anything Mizzou needs to improve. Topics include: Cale Garrett’s much deserved pick-6, Jalen Knox’s emergence as a deep threat, defensive line pressure (and lack thereof), Nick Bolton likes to HIT, Tucker McCann— a better punter than Fatony?, Mitch visits the new Bunker Club, wasting J-Mac to beat the drum versus SEMO, and so much more.

Finally, they whip around college football and touch on some other storylines from College Football!

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Missouri Tigers football vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: Time, TV, line, things to know – Kansas City Star

Missouri Tigers football vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: Time, TV, line, things to know  Kansas City Star

Missouri looks to extend its winning streak to three on Saturday as the Tigers host the South Carolina Gamecocks. Barry Odom has yet to beat USC in his time as ...


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Missouri Tigers football vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: Time, TV, line, things to know – Kansas City Star

Missouri Tigers football vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: Time, TV, line, things to know  Kansas City Star

Missouri looks to extend its winning streak to three on Saturday as the Tigers host the South Carolina Gamecocks. Barry Odom has yet to beat USC in his time as ...


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Mizzou football: The Tigers keep plugging along, but are they ready for South Carolina? – Saturday Down South

Mizzou football: The Tigers keep plugging along, but are they ready for South Carolina?  Saturday Down South

The Missouri Tigers are back on track after a horrific Week 1 loss at Wyoming. I'm legitimately sorry I keep mentioning that, but it still looms large over this entire ...


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Matter on Mizzou: Odom has Tigers on road to recovery – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Matter on Mizzou: Odom has Tigers on road to recovery  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A look back at Mizzou's 50-0 win over SEMO, followed by Odom's unique salute to the students.


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The Gamecocks Offense Finds Spark In Loss – Last Word on College Football

The Gamecocks Offense Finds Spark In Loss  Last Word on College Football

South Carolina is about to enter a crucial stretch that will determine the direction of the seaosn. Luckily the Gamecocks offense has found a spark to help.


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Sports Roundup: Alton’s Cassius Havis Wins Belleville West Invitational, Edwardsville Golf Team Second in Tourney, MELHS Falls in Football – RiverBender.com

Sports Roundup: Alton's Cassius Havis Wins Belleville West Invitational, Edwardsville Golf Team Second in Tourney, MELHS Falls in Football  RiverBender.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 WEEKEND SPORTS ROUNDUPBOYS CROSS COUNTRYSATURDAY'S RESULTSBELLEVILLE WEST INVITATIONALHAVIS ...


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SBNation’s FanPulse v2.0 Top 25 release, Clemson still on top – Rock M Nation

SBNation’s FanPulse v2.0 Top 25 release, Clemson still on top  Rock M Nation

There weren't many good games this past weekend, which is why things largely look the same.


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FanPulse 4.0: The top of the pack is static after an uneventful weekend

There weren’t many good games this past weekend, which is why things largely look the same.

Week 3 of College Football is over and woo-boy, I can’t wait for week 4.

That was a rough weekend for fans of what I like to call... GOOD football. Just not many interesting games and because of that, we have a very similar looking group in the top 25. Including Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, and Ohio State.

It’s still crazy to me that Florida nearly lost to a Kentucky team with their backup quarterback using their backup quarterback and they’re still considered a top 10 team. I think back to my point on the soft middle of college football, Florida might be the 10th best team in the country, but the difference between 10th and 50th might be as narrow as ever. A good example of that might be Kansas State beating Mississippi State on the road. The Bulldogs were thought to be pretty good this year and Kansas State wasn’t linked to many preseason top 25s, but beating a top 40 or so team on the road isn’t easy and both Florida and K-State accomplished that much.

BTW, If you still want to sign up for FanPulse, YOU TOTALLY CAN. Click HERE to sign up!

For the Tigers, they’re still not in the group of teams you can vote for. I expect that to change with a win over South Carolina this upcoming weekend. Beat the Gamecocks and Missouri will be 3-1 with the lone loss to a Wyoming team that’s exceeding some expectations out in Laramie so far, and losing in a super flukey way. Anyway, we still have a say in how these things go.

Here is how the votes went:

(Trying a new format, next to the ranking is the difference in spots between the National voting and our voting)

Also receiving votes were: Army, USC, TCU, Cal, Kansas State

Let’s talk about Fan Confidence.... Week one it was 27%. Last week it VAULTED to 95%, so what about this week?

Ok you can’t actually see it on the graph, but it’s a slight tick down. Apparently we were less than impressed with a 50-0 win over SEMO. The actual percentage amounted to 91.2% fan confidence.

Missouri is holding steady right now, and holding a lot of cards headed into this weekend’s contest against South Carolina.


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Matter on Mizzou: Odom has Tigers on road to recovery – STLtoday.com

Matter on Mizzou: Odom has Tigers on road to recovery  STLtoday.com

COLUMBIA, Mo. — After his team pummeled SEMO 50-0 in the 500th game at Memorial Stadium, Missouri coach Barry Odom did something rarely seen ...


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Illinois is looking to turn around the recent fortunes

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Things haven’t gone well in Champaign the last few years, but could Illinois turn it around this year?

With Missouri releasing their season non-conference schedule, we’re taking a brief look at each of their opponents. You can catch up with the previous posts in the series here:

No matter how much previewing on the season you do, you can’t complete a non-conference preview without talking about Bragging Rights.

The annual rivalry game played in St. Louis is one both fan bases look forward to, and this year shouldn’t be any different. Missouri broke Illinois’ five game winning streak last year, but both programs were disappointments during the season.

It’s been a long slog for the Illini over the last six years. When Bill Self ran the program from 2000 - 2003, and during Bruce Weber’s first three years right after, Illinois was one of the top programs in the country. But in the 12 years since, there have been only three NCAA appearances in contrast to Missouri’s six appearances. Considering how down the Tigers have largely been lately, you can understand the level of fan frustration at Illinois.

It’s a pivotable year for both programs but the fan pressure might be mounting a little more on the east side of the Mississippi River, as the Illini have won just 14 and 12 games in back-to-back seasons. Not quite Kim Anderson bad, but close to it for a once very proud program.

Illinois Fighting Illini

Last season: 12-21, 84 in KenPom

Torvik Projection: 15

Head Coach: Brad Underwood

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Two years ago, I applauded the hire of Brad Underwood in Champaign. It was an aggressive move for a coach who looked like he was on the rise in the industry. But overall, his tenure has largely fallen flat due to some of the previous staff’s miscalculations on talent, as well as his own questionable decisions, mostly with the roster. Taking over the program, Underwood was known for his unique offensive approach, but since he’s been at Illinois, they’ve largely pursued a more traditional approach by going after slow and mostly offensively-challenged big men.

He’s been able to develop guards, though, and the guard play is one of the reasons the Illini are - like Missouri - a dark horse team to break out this year.

RETURNING PLAYERS OF NOTE:

The top guy to keep an eye on is Dosunmu. Ayo passed on a chance to test the waters for the NBA last year to return, and he could feasibly be a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. He’s a long-armed combo guard who is capable of making all kinds of shots around the rim, and his jump shot is developing. He made nearly 35% from deep last season, and both he and Frazier form a formidable duo in the back court.

One of the more underrated pieces for Illinois last year was how Bezhanishvili played down the stretch. He’s a skilled big man who actually DOES fit Underwood’s system and mans the mid-post quite well. He’s a capable passer who occasionally tries to do too much, but he was also a freshman last season.

With the combination of Frazier and Dosunmu — along with Andres Feliz — the ball handling duties should be solid. With Bezhanishvili and newcomer Kofi Cockburn, the interior should be good as well. The key for Illinois is— what will they get on the wing? If Underwood can find some answers on the wing for the Illini, it’s very possible they surprise in the Big 10 this year.


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TV channel set for South Carolina’s division game against Missouri on Saturday – The State

TV channel set for South Carolina’s division game against Missouri on Saturday  The State

The South Carolina Gamecocks football program will face off with the Missouri Tigers in Columbia this weekend. The game will be on SEC Network Alternate.


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We’re less than a week from learning what this Missouri team really is

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Hard answers have been elusive for Missouri fans so far. For better or worse, the Tigers will provide some clarity on Saturday night.

If you think about it, things were always going to be this way for the 2019 Missouri Tigers.

No matter how these first three games ended up, Missouri fans were never going to know quite what they were seeing until Week Four.

3-0? “The schedule’s too soft.”

2-1? “It could be a fluke loss.”

1-2? “There’s clearly trouble, but the talent is so enticing!”

0-3? (Eh, OK, maybe this is where it falls apart)

Obviously, the Tigers have chosen to trod the middle path thus far. The thirstiest Kool-Aid drinkers will point to thorough dismantlings of both a highly-ranked FCS team and a Power-5 program (albeit a rebuilding one) as proof that this Tiger team is special; they just needed to get the jitters out! On the flip side, the most hardened cynics will point out that Missouri lost to a Wyoming team that probably isn’t great while dog walking two teams that have no business being on an FBS field until at least 2020.

Both of these arguments have valid points. Both are slightly skewed toward preconceived notions about Barry Odom and the Missouri program in general. As always, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

So where is the middle? Apparently, it’s down in South Carolina.

The Mayor’s Cup has become a sort of barometer for Missouri in the Barry Odom era. In 2017, the Tigers were fine, but a loss to the Gamecocks kicked off a five-game losing streak that brought Barry Odom’s tenure to the brink before the Tigers came roaring back to win seven games. Last year the Tigers were riding high at 3-1 before a devastating loss to the Gamecocks guaranteed they’d go into the meat of their schedule at .500. While they improved their previous year’s win total by one, a win over South Carolina felt like the elusive key to a lost great season.

No one would call it the Tiger’s biggest rivalry game, but there seems to be an odd sort of synergy between the two programs that makes Missouri fans measure themselves against the Gamecocks. Both programs are coming from Hall of Fame level coaches to young guns with both promise and plenty of shortcomings. Both have been decent — but no better — in the past few seasons. However, while a win over Missouri has become routine for the Gamecocks, the matchup feels like it means a little more to Tiger fans.

It might be that South Carolina occupies the permanent spot Missouri hopes to take in the SEC hierarchy. No one is confusing the Gamecock’s legacy with those of Alabama, Georgia, Florida or any of the other traditional SEC powers. But the school’s long history with the conference and many successful years under Steve Spurrier have afforded it a level of respect that the Tigers have never received in their near decade-long SEC membership. Both programs sit in the perpetual middle of the SEC East, swinging back and forth between Georgia and Vanderbilt every season. Yet while Missouri owns two more division championships in about a quarter of the time, they’re continually pegged as lower class.

That may not be fair, but it’s the reality Missouri occupies. Until the Tigers continually prove they’re better than the team in Columbia East, they’ll never get the benefit of the doubt.

In about five days time, we’ll get a much better idea of who Missouri is for the 2019 season. We were never going to find out by watching Wyoming, West Virginia or Southeast Missouri State. As usual, it comes down to South Carolina.


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Mizzou Football: The South Carolina game will reveal who this Tiger team is – Rock M Nation

Mizzou Football: The South Carolina game will reveal who this Tiger team is  Rock M Nation

Hard answers have been elusive for Missouri fans so far. For better or worse, the Tigers will provide some clarity on Saturday night.


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SEC Football: Power Rankings for Week 4 – A Sea Of Blue

SEC Football: Power Rankings for Week 4  A Sea Of Blue

Not a lot of movement as most of the SEC took care of business.


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Surprise! Mizzou gets passing grades in the latest report card roundup

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Is somebody screaming, because there’s a lot of Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa’s in here! (I’m so sorry)

Please do not hunt me down and punish me for that headline. I just want to see how many people actually read the top of the links.

ANYWAY! It’s Monday morning, meaning yesterday was Sunday, meaning report cards were dropped on nearly every platform. Let’s examine!


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McCann moving up in Missouri football record books – Jefferson City News Tribune

McCann moving up in Missouri football record books  Jefferson City News Tribune

COLUMBIA — Tucker McCann was already far more than a role player for the Missouri Tigers football team. by Colin O'Brien Sep. 16 2019 @ 12:30am.


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Live chat: An afternoon with The Athletic St. Louis staff on… – The Athletic

Live chat: An afternoon with The Athletic St. Louis staff on...  The Athletic

Thanks to your continued support, we're officially two years in now at The Athletic St. Louis. We're truly blessed to have such a great following of knowledgeable ...


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College Football Recap: Week 3

Tulsa v Michigan State Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio deserves some heat for his team’s lack of organization at the end of the Spartans’ 10-7 loss to Arizona State on Saturday, but should his kicker have gotten one more chance at that game-winning field goal? | Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Saturday’s slate wasn’t exactly sexy, but no games between ranked opponents did not mean Week 3 was a total wash.

We go through a week like this in the early stages of every season. There wasn’t one matchup between ranked teams on Saturday, providing yours truly with the opportunity to forego some boring early games in favor of completing some overdue errands that should have been addressed in the offseason.

If you braved the entire college football slate Saturday from the very beginning, you are either a far more rabid and devoted fan than I – or you’re young enough that overdue errands don’t exist in your world. If it’s the latter, I dually applaud you.

What We Learned

Stanford May Be an Afterthought in the Pac-12

A year after the two schools agreed upon their home-and-home series in 2014, Central Florida visited Stanford on September 12, 2015. The Cardinal dominated that game, winning 31-7 in typical Stanford fashion under head coach David Shaw.

Consider the statistical evisceration that day: Stanford outgained UCF 491 to 181, threw for nearly 400 yards, ran for 130 more, did not commit a turnover, and forced the Golden Knights into two. All despite nearly 140 yards in penalties, which is atypical of Shaw teams.

The win came a week after then-No. 21 Stanford fell unexpectedly to unranked Northwestern on the road to open the season, but the Cardinal would not lose again until mid-November and eventually ended the season ranked in the Top 5 with a Rose Bowl blowout of Iowa.

Meanwhile, UCF would finish the 2015 season winless in George O’Leary’s final year, opening the door for a resurgence ignited by Scott Frost and now sustained by Josh Heupel, thusly bringing us to the present day.

Stanford v Central Florida Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images
Stanford and head coach David Shaw, after a blowout loss to UCF on Saturday, are now 1-2 to start a season for the second time since 2017.

In a reversal of roles nearly four years to the day, UCF dominated Stanford in Orlando on Saturday, winning 45-27 in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the 18-point difference may indicate.

But this game, to me, was less about UCF — which scored at least 30 points for the 29th consecutive game in securing its most impressive regular season win over a Power 5 opponent — and more about Shaw and Stanford, which is now 1-2 to start a season for the second time in the past three years.

When Stanford is right, it wins in a fashion that very few teams – perhaps outside of Alabama – are capable of replicating: a dominating ground game, discipline on both sides of the ball, mistake-free game management at quarterback, and defense that eliminates opportunities for big plays.

None of the above applied to Stanford’s effort on Saturday, nor did it the week prior, in a blowout loss to unranked USC. Now, Shaw and Stanford stand at a crossroads, staring a matchup with No. 15 Oregon next weekend right in the face.

With a win against the Ducks, Stanford may very well right the ship, despite the fact that at least three more ranked opponents lay ahead. Lose next week, and the Cardinal may find it hard to reach eight wins in a season for the first time since 2008.

What We’d Still Like to Know

How Michigan State & Iowa State Plan to Recover

Yeesh, this game can be cruel, and it will ninja your soul in so many ways.

Witness Exhibit A: East Lansing, Michigan, where Michigan State, despite outgaining Arizona State nearly 2 to 1 on Saturday, still trailed 10-7 with under a minute left. Things began to look good for Sparty, though, when the offense drove the ball to the ASU 25 in the waning seconds, setting up what would end up being the first of two attempts for the game-winning field goal.

As cruelty would have it, turns out the Spartans deserved a third.

Junior kicker Matt Caughlin drilled the initial try from 42 yards out, presumably sending the game into overtime, but Michigan was flagged for inexplicably having too many men on the field. Pushed back five yards, Caughlin – who was 4-for-5 on attempts between 40 and 49 yards a season ago – hooked the second attempt way left, his third miss of the game.

On the other side, the Sun Devils bench erupted as they recorded their second victory over a ranked Michigan State team in as many seasons under head coach Herm Edwards.

In the aftermath, some were convinced the game had concluded unjustifiably, most notably Dean Blandino, former NFL Vice President of Officiating, who insisted during FOX’s postgame coverage that Arizona State safety Cam Philips should have been flagged for leaping during Michigan State’s failed second field goal attempt.

On the replay of the missed 47-yarder, video clearly shows Phillips hurdling the line of scrimmage in an effort to block the kick. Had the penalty been called, Michigan State would have been rewarded a third field goal try — this time from the Arizona State 15 for a much more manageable 30-yarder — a distance from which Caughlin has only missed three times in 30 career attempts.


More than 500 miles to the west, Exhibit B was building towards a no less gut-wrenching conclusion, though at a much more deliberate rate dictated by Mother Nature.

Initially scheduled for an 11 AM CT kick, this season’s take on the annual Cy-Hawk Series between No. 19 Iowa and Iowa State received the royal treatment as ESPN’s College Gameday visited Ames, Iowa for the first time ever.

Optimism exuded from both sides. Iowa, led by the stone-faced Kirk Ferentz, has been deemed the big brother in the series, winning 45 of the 67 meetings between the two schools; conversely, you have Iowa State, the proverbial pariah that has had a history of playing second fiddle, now determined to make its name under startup head coach Matt Campbell.

More than six hours and two weather delays later – which totaled more than three hours due to lightning – the game played out much in the fashion one might think a bitter rivalry game would: solid defense, opportunistic offense, a trick play here and there, minimal penalties, etc.

And the game was there for Iowa State’s taking. Down only one with 90 seconds to play, Iowa State need only to gain roughly 45 or so yards to set up a game-winning field goal, but while settling under the punt of Iowa’s Michel Sleep-Dalton, Cyclone return man Deshaunte Jones was run into by his own teammate, who had the ball ricochet off his back and on to the turf, where it was recovered by the Hawkeyes.

Victory formation followed. The Hawkeyes extended their Cy-Hawk winning streak to five. And ESPN, who had been such gracious guests to Ames earlier in the day, sort of piled on:

What We’d Like to Forget

Mississippi State QB Garrett Shrader’s Hangtime

Admittedly, I used to love hits like this. I’d yell for quarterbacks – at least those on opposing teams – not to slide while scrambling, just so I could see somebody get their bell rung.

The physicality of football still gives me goosebumps now and again, and there’s just something about a running back and linebacker meeting in the hole, or a safety lighting up a wide receiver over the middle.

It’s when someone goes airborne, though, extremities flailing about in every possible direction, that make me hold my breath. Maybe it’s because I’m older now; perhaps it’s because I am at the age at which any activity – from rec league softball to working out – could theoretically end in a visit to the doctor for a pulled hammy.

But Mississippi State QB Garrett Shrader is not old. Which may start to explain why he was able to immediately hop to his feet after being spun horizontally a good six or so feet in the air by a pair of Kansas State defenders while trying to scramble for a first down during the final minutes of the Bulldogs’ 31-24 loss Saturday.

Acrobatics like this will surely earn Shrader, a true freshman, props in the locker room. Whereas they would have earned me a new spine. And maybe a new pair of shorts.

According to my unofficial measurements, Shrader’s flight lasted nearly a full three seconds and covered four yards. Had it lasted five, we may be talking about a Mississippi State win.


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South Carolina football: Scouting 2019 Missouri Tigers game – The State

South Carolina football: Scouting 2019 Missouri Tigers game  The State

After falling to No. 2 Alabama in the opener, Will Muschamp and the South Carolina football Gamecocks continue SEC play on Sept. 21, 2019, when they travel ...


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Mizzou brutalizes Redhawks, takes step into the unknown in Annihilation

The Tigers’ third feature of 2019 features strong performances, but leaves plenty of questions about what comes next.

Annihilation

Directed By: Barry Odom

Starring: Larry Rountree, Cale Garrett, Tucker McCann

Synopsis: Called to tackle the toughest part of their 2019 schedule, Barry Odom and his team stroll past the Redhawks and into the unknown.

Rating:

Everyone likes a happy ending, but sometimes the best stories don’t have easy resolutions.

Such is the case for Barry Odom and the Missouri Tigers’ third feature of the 2019 year, Annihilation, a presentation that features the brutalization of a football program and a look into the unknown future of the Missouri Tigers. While everything about it is commendable, it’s hard to get too excited when you know something else is on the horizon.

Set in the hot, muggy midlands of Missouri, Annihilation finds its protagonists at a crossroads. With the imminent threat of Week 4 and beyond lurking in the background, the Tigers must first fend off smaller, weaker foes in order to prepare themselves for the monsters that lie ahead. After initial defeat in Laramie, the Tigers come together to shoo away the Redhawks of Cape Girardeau, taking a step beyond the realm of the familiar and into the uncertain future. It’s a heady way to talk about the performance overall, but unavoidable given the amount of mystery that currently surrounds this cast and crew.

If you take it for just its merits, though, Annihilation more than lives up to its name. Feature back Larry Rountree III continues to stun with dynamic performances after his snoozer debut in Wild Wild West. He is everywhere on the screen this time around, a tour de force that makes sure you can’t tackle him or take your eyes off of him. And while Kelly Bryant, the 2019 season’s biggest star so far, has some eye-popping moments of his own, he mostly cedes the screen to Rountree, whose sheer power makes him must-watch. Dependable stars Cale Garrett and Tucker McCann both have stand-out scenes and breakout performer Nick Bolton continues to impress with a bruising presence. You almost feel as if he can turn the tone of a game with one hit.

Of course, given Annihilation’s apt title, it tends to drag in places. Once we learn that the stakes established here are more for the future, it’s hard not to lose interest in what’s going on. Things can become muddy or confusing, especially when newcomers like Connor Bazelak take center screen. Where once there were clean pockets, running lanes and explosive plays, there are now stuffed runs and third-and-longs, which grind the narrative to a screeching halt in places. That’s not a knock against Bazelak and his other freshman colleagues. It’s just clear that they aren’t quite ready for the big time. It affects the overall enjoyment of the movie, even if the end result remains the same.

However, a movie isn’t anything if it can’t stick the landing, and Annihilation does so... with a catch. While the stakes are low and the road confusing, Barry Odom and co-writers Derek Dooley and Ryan Walters establish a clear expectation from the start. The Tigers deliver on every front, never once losing the tone of victory over the course of the narrative. It’s never in doubt, so audiences can sit back, relax and enjoy themselves a little bit instead of worrying about what’ll happen to their favorite characters.

And yet, the ending does run into a snag in that it cannot answer questions about the future. While Odom has turned the trajectory of his 2019 slate around in the past few weeks, the box office bomb in week one still looms large in audiences’ minds, creating a gap between the hype he wants to create for his coming features and the emotion fans feel they can invest. Annihilation is a simmering thriller to be sure, but it doesn’t give us any answers on the stuff we really want to know about. Is everyone fully healthy? Will the Tigers be prepared for South Carolina? Are double-digit wins still on the table?

On one hand, you have to give credit where credit is due. Annihilation is a thorough, well-executed piece of work that doesn’t compromise its vision for the sake of training beginners. However, by the very nature of its premise, it’s still hard to see how Odom’s next feature presentation will play out. Audiences await with bated breath.


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Mizzou brutalizes Redhawks, takes step into the unknown in Annihilation – Rock M Nation

Mizzou brutalizes Redhawks, takes step into the unknown in Annihilation  Rock M Nation

The Tigers' third feature of 2019 features strong performances, but leaves plenty of questions about what comes next.


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Mizzou wins 50-0 in 500th game at Memorial Stadium – KSDK.com

Mizzou wins 50-0 in 500th game at Memorial Stadium  KSDK.com

After a humbling performance in the season opener, Missouri's defense has taken out its frustration on two straight opponents, including a 50-0 shutout of ...


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Mizzou wins 50-0 in 500th game at Memorial Stadium – KSDK.com

Mizzou wins 50-0 in 500th game at Memorial Stadium  KSDK.com

After a humbling performance in the season opener, Missouri's defense has taken out its frustration on two straight opponents, including a 50-0 shutout of ...


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Floyd gets return man redemption versus SEMO – Rock M Nation

Floyd gets return man redemption versus SEMO  Rock M Nation

For the first time in almost two years, and after an injury-plagued 2018, Richaud Floyd took a punt to the house.


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Floyd gets return man redemption versus SEMO

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in almost two years, and after an injury-plagued 2018, Richaud Floyd took a punt to the house.

Richaud Floyd returned a punt for a touchdown Saturday.

It was a beauty, too. Floyd weaved in and out of Southeast Missouri State defenders as he broke toward the right sideline. He picked up a couple of blocks from the return team, then shook off a couple of potential tackles before strolling into the end zone with Adam Sparks right there to celebrate with him.

Floyd’s touchdown, a 71-yarder, was the first Missouri score on a kick or punt return since a 74-yard punt return on Nov. 18, 2017 — by Richaud Floyd.

You see, Floyd’s redshirt sophomore season in 2017 solidified him as the No. 1 return man. Though he only attempted 11 punt returns that year, he averaged 19.8 yards per return and ran two of them back for touchdowns. Even though he wasn’t scoring at will, Floyd’s speed with the ball made him a threat to at least give the dangerous, Drew Lock-led offense solid field position to start.

But an injury-plagued 2018 season didn’t leave Floyd with much to be happy about. A broken bone in his leg forced him to miss the first six games of the season, and then another injury during the Nov. 17 matchup with Tennessee kept him out of the regular-season finale against Arkansas. He ended the year with just three punt returns for -4 yards.

It was a far cry from his 2017 season, and his injury troubles coincided with Missouri’s return struggles. Overall, the Tigers had 19 punt returns but managed just 42 yards on those attempts. The return unit just never seemed to move the ball anywhere when they actually got the chance to return.

But with Floyd back and healthy, the return unit seems to be in good hands.

And Floyd, who has always seemed to want to do what’s best for his team, has definitely taken the opportunity to be the main return man and ran with it — pun(t) intended. He came into college as a receiver and played sparingly his first few seasons, then switched to cornerback in the offseason. As his coaches described it then, it’s because he wanted to do what was best for the team.

Going through a season full of injuries is tough, especially when you can see how much losing you impacts what the team is able to do on the field. Floyd was never a high-profile player on this team, but him getting the offense that much closer to the end zone was a factor in making that 2017 offense so explosive. That’s why he deserved a moment like this.

He’s not going to be relied on to be a part of the player rotation at cornerback this season. Returning punts will be his main job, and it seems like he’s embracing it. He’s already had a couple of strong returns on the year, with a 43-yarder against Wyoming being one of the biggest positives to come out of that shocker.

Missouri waited all of last season for some form of a punt return game to manifest, but it never did.

I said during this week’s Pregamin’ that I wanted to see the return team put in some work against a team like SEMO. It needed to happen, because otherwise there wouldn’t be much hope that it ever would.

But the punt return team looked as good as it has in years against the Redhawks.

Floyd made sure of it.


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Sunday View: Sure win over, must win looms – Rivals.com

Sunday View: Sure win over, must win looms  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! Missouri beat SEMO 50-0 on Saturday night. The game went pretty much ...


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Mizzou Football and Barry Odom got the win they needed – Rock M Nation

Mizzou Football and Barry Odom got the win they needed  Rock M Nation

The first nine minutes of the game is all Missouri needed to began preparing for next week's game against South Carolina. Southeast Missouri State came in ...


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Mizzou was who they needed to be for nine minutes

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It was a blowout, just like we expected, which really is a good thing.

The first nine minutes of the game is all Missouri needed to began preparing for next week’s game against South Carolina.

Southeast Missouri State came in overmatched, and still elected to defer the opening kick to the Tigers, which ultimately proved to be a poor decision. Maybe they were as interested in getting this game over with as most Missouri fans were. Here’s how those nine minutes went:

  • MIZZ: 7 plays, 75 yards, Larry Rountree III TD — 7 - 0
  • SEMO: 3 plays, -6 yards, Cale Garrett INT returned for TD — 13 - 0
  • SEMO: 3 plays, 0 yards, PUNT
  • MIZZ: 3 plays, 60 yards, Albert Okwuegbunam TD — 20 - 0
  • SEMO: 5 plays, 8 yards, Richaud Floyd PUNT returned for TD — 27 - 0

Nine Minutes into the game, Mizzou was up 27-0.

At that point it was time for SEMO to tap out and call it a game. They stuck around and fought a little, but the only thing that kept the game interesting was Missouri’s penchant for penalties, which seemed to extend more drives than SEMO’s offensive play-calling did. And sure enough, Dave Matter had the stat:

I’m honestly not sure what you expect to take away from this game... I honestly hate the annual FCS game at Missouri. Under Barry Odom, the Tigers have scored an average of 63 points against their FCS competition and only given up 14.25 points. Considering one of those was a 43-point letdown to Missouri State, you can see this exercise is mostly a waste of time.

I get the reasoning for playing these games, and I see the benefit for the FCS schools— it’s a nice check you get to cash, which pays for a lot of things. But overall, the games are largely uninteresting.

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching blowouts. I love blowing out Tennessee and Florida; even West Virginia was cathartic. At some point, I start to feel bad for the Southeast Missouri States or the Delaware States of the world. Missouri isn’t the only program with the FCS plan; in fact, LSU beat the pants off Northwestern State in their game on Saturday night. At this point it feels unavoidable, and at least for today the game is over with and out of the way. And Missouri is healthy and ready to take on South Carolina.

The Stats via statbroadcast:

Here are your other SEC scores:

  • LSU 65, Northwestern St 14
  • Alabama 47, South Carolina 23
  • Georgia 55, Arkansas State 0
  • Auburn 55, Kent State 16
  • Florida 29, Kentucky 21
  • Texas A&M 62, Lamar 3
  • Kansas State 31, Mississippi State 24
  • Tennessee 45, Chattanooga 0
  • Ole Miss 40, Southeastern Louisiana 29
  • Arkansas 55, Colorado State 34

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Missouri smothers Southeast Missouri State

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers took care of business winning 50-0, improve to 2-1 on the season

It felt like perfection, or close to it, was going to be the standard for Missouri’s season— at least to the most optimistic of fans— and that’s why the season-opening embarrassment to Wyoming still hurts. Beating West Virginia the following week by a 31-point differential righted the ship a bit, and now, after tonight’s game, Tiger fans are breathing a bit easier.

What Mizzou was able to do against Southeast Missouri State was expected, of course, but necessary. Mizzou outmatched the Redhawks in every facet. They hit the trifecta with an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown. Mizzou dominated SEMO, winning 50-0.

The Tiger defense preyed upon the opportunity to play an FCS opponent. SEMO’s offense was limited to 40 yards on the ground and 54 through the air. On their second offensive play of the game, quarterback Daniel Santacaterina was knocked, redirecting the ball into the waiting hands of Mizzou linebacker Cale Garrett. With an entourage of blockers, he took the ball 27 yards to the house for a pick-six.

The offense had a stellar night. The first drive of the game took just seven plays going 75 yards with Larry Rountree III ultimately punching it in on a three yard rushing touchdown. Rountree spearheaded the ground attack Saturday night. He exploded for 142 yards on just 18 carries. Tyler Badie put up great numbers as well, rushing for 73 yards on seven carries.

Kelly Bryant looked poised, throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown. He went 14/19. His favorite receiver for the night, Jalen Knox, caught just two passes, but went for 104 yards.

The touchdowns scores were spread around. Albert Okwuegbunam didn’t need to be used heavily as the rushing attack was so effective. The tight end finished the night with 24 yards and a touchdown.

Special teams made their contribution with Richaud Floyd returning a punt 71 yards for a touchdown. McCann was perfect on field goals for the night, going 3/3 with his longest from 52 yards out. Coach Odom was impressed with McCann, saying, “He really hit it tonight, didn’t he?”

Coach Barry Odom was happy with the night’s result saying he was excited for the team getting the second win and second at home. He put tonight in perspective, stating, “If you take a step back and look at the 500thgame at Memorial Stadium, to win 50-0, those things just don’t happen and line up. So, proud for our team, excited for our fans.” He praised the atmosphere in Memorial Stadium as well. “To feel the energy, again, on the way that they poured into it,” he said. “I appreciate the fans being there.”

However, with such a dominant performance the Tigers strung together, some fans grew restless and (unsurprisingly) left. To show his appreciation for those that stuck it out, Coach Odom ran over to the student section following the game and gave out thanks. “I was happy they stayed,” he said. “It’s a Saturday night in Columbia, Missouri and they could have done a… few other things. And they stayed, you know, that’s awesome.”

Odom was also pleased with the secondary. “They’ve gotten better. You know, they’ve really improved their game, they’ve improved their skillset,” he said. “The urgency to continue to improve and do those things, time waits on no man. It’s right here, right now.”

The Tigers played with an intensity that will need to carry over to SEC play if they want to continue to win. Coach Barry Odom is well aware of the South Carolina game one week from now. “They’re a really, really good team,” he said. “I know they’ll be ready to play, and I know my team will be ready to play. I want it to be a hell of a game.” Odom continued, “They wanna win on the other sideline too. They’ve got good players also. So, you know the ante goes up a little bit. Let’s wrap it up, get after it.”

In closing, Odom commented, “Next week at three o’clock, you know, hopefully we’ll have the place sold out. Cause we’ll need the energy, we’ll need everything that we can get from our crowd to help us out.”


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After a bad start at Wyoming, Mizzou’s defense is peaking with South Carolina on deck – Kansas City Star

After a bad start at Wyoming, Mizzou’s defense is peaking with South Carolina on deck  Kansas City Star

Missouri's defense has quickly rebounded from a rough season-opening loss at Wyoming and has only allowed one touchdown since. The Tigers have been ...


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Missouri scores in all phases in 50-0 victory over SEMO – The Republic

Missouri scores in all phases in 50-0 victory over SEMO  The Republic

Larry Rountree III had two touchdown runs for Missouri, and the Tigers scored on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter and cruised to a 50-0 ...


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Missouri scores in all phases in 50-0 victory over SEMO – The Republic

Missouri scores in all phases in 50-0 victory over SEMO  The Republic

Larry Rountree III had two touchdown runs for Missouri, and the Tigers scored on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter and cruised to a 50-0 ...


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Tigers score every which way in blowout win – Rivals.com

Tigers score every which way in blowout win  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! Coaches like to preach the importance of winning all three phases of a football ...


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Missouri upcoming events Sep 16 – Sep 22 – LemonWire

Missouri upcoming events Sep 16 - Sep 22  LemonWire

Here's a comprehensive list of upcoming concerts and events in Missouri. We've organized the list by city, showing all events from 09/16/2019 – 09/22/2019.


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Mizzou blanks SEMO, 50-0, in 500th game at Memorial Stadium – ABC17News.com

Mizzou blanks SEMO, 50-0, in 500th game at Memorial Stadium  ABC17News.com

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Larry Rountree III had two touchdown runs for Missouri, and the Tigers scored on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter ...


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What Barry Odom said after Missouri’s 50-0 win over SEMO – Saturday Down South

What Barry Odom said after Missouri’s 50-0 win over SEMO  Saturday Down South

Missouri improved to 2-1 with a huge win over Southeast Missouri State, and the Tigers scored in all 3 phases of the game. Cale Garrett took an interception ...


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Missouri Does What They’re Supposed to Do in 50-0 Win Over SEMO – Rock M Nation

Missouri Does What They’re Supposed to Do in 50-0 Win Over SEMO  Rock M Nation

Playing an FCS team is as close to a guaranteed win as you can get, and Missouri proved that was the case tonight with a 50-0 win over SEMO in what was the ...


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Five Takeaways from the rout of SEMO

NCAA Football: SE Missouri State at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

In final tune-up before conference play begins, Missouri took care of business against an inferior opponent

Playing an FCS team is as close to a guaranteed win as you can get. Missouri proved that was the case tonight with a 50-0 win over SEMO in the 500th game at Memorial Stadium. With the victory, Mizzou improved to 19-0 all-time against this level of competition.

Let’s be honest though, there isn’t a lot Missouri learned from this game – and that’s fine, maybe eve ultimately a good thing. But hey, it does count as another win on the schedule, and now the Tigers are above .500 with a 2-1 record on the season.

My Offensive Player of the Game: Larry Rountree – 18 carries, 142 yards, 2 TDs.

My Defensive Player of the Game: Cale Garrett – Five total tackles and one interception for a pick-six.

With that, here are some takeaways from the expected win:

Getting off to fast starts is this team’s strength

We’re just three weeks into the season, but slow starts aren’t a problem for this Missouri team. Even in the Wyoming game, they jumped out to a 14-0 lead and they led West Virginia 31-0 at the half. Tonight was no different as the game was pretty much over by the get go. This is something to build on, and if they can do this consistently week-in and week-out without letting they’re foot off the gas, they certainly can be a dangerous team.

Penalties are still an issue

After committing 10 penalties for 100 yards in last week’s 38-7 win over West Virginia, Missouri didn’t seem to address those issues against SEMO with nine penalties for 79 yards was the outcome in this one. The talent difference is obvious when playing games like these, but the more superior team still needs to play disciplined football. Missouri didn’t do that tonight often enough, and will need to fix it soon. It hasn’t really mattered these last two weeks, but when the competition improves, you can’t be giving away free yardage.

Linebackers have been creating the turnovers

Missouri got back on the right track against West Virginia with a positive-three turnover differential, with Nick Bolton providing a lot of that. Cale Garrett followed that up tonight with a pick-six of his own. Takeaways = victories, y’all.

The starters played way more than they needed to

Much of the first string was still in this game by midway through the third quarter with a 40 - 0 lead, and I wasn’t sure why. In a game like this there’s no need to risk anything. You can make an argument that the starters didn’t even need to play this one at all. The one thing that you hope to avoid in these games is injuries, but left tackle Yasir Durant did leave the game with a neck injury. (editors note: Durant’s removal was precautionary according to Coach Odom in the post-game press conference)

Attendance hasn’t been bad

Considering the disappointing loss to Wyoming, the first two games at Faurot Field have had some respectable attendance numbers; 51,215 and 56,620 – so kudos to Mizzou fans. They even had more people show up for an FCS opponent which should show a little more buy in from the fans after the West Virginia game. There is still excitement to be had for this season, but to keep this fan base really interested – a win over South Carolina will be vital.

Now, the season really gets fun for this Missouri team with conference play starting next Saturday. What better way to start it out with such a crucial, crucial game. Almost everybody expected this team to be 3-0 heading into the South Carolina game, and they’re not – which is still a huge disappointment. But the Wyoming game wasn’t going to make or break Missouri’s season. South Carolina very well could. It all gets going next week.


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Missouri shuts outs SEMO, cruises to 50-0 win – FOXSports.com

Missouri shuts outs SEMO, cruises to 50-0 win  FOXSports.com

The Missouri Tigers scored on offense, defense and special teams in a 50-0 home victory over Southeast Missouri State.


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Mizzou dominates Southeast Missouri State – KOMU 8

Mizzou dominates Southeast Missouri State  KOMU 8

Mizzou defeats Southeast Missouri handily by score of 50-0.


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