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Best one on one match-up to watch? Bill Snyder aka the Wizard vs witty Gus Malzahn. What a clash of styles, experience and strategies. It'll be interesting to see how the Wizard defends the triple option. He seems to have an uncanny answer to everything. He's good enough to perhaps develop a true blueprint for stopping it. Other coaches will be tuned in to see if it's possible. But trust me, Malzahn will be an even better coach after this game. Snyder is so damn solid, he forces other coaches to improve their game. Gimmicks won't beat KSU, it's pretty amazing what they have done with their program-- given the lack of bluechips. Auburn has the talent and scheme to take down any team in America, and I think they win, but don't cover 10.5 pts. Should be an excellent start of week 4.
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" He’s arguably the best NFL prospect in the league." That may be the boldest statement of Shane Ray to date. He man-handled and schooled their LT. How about the interior Defensive Linemen of Mizzou? Hoch was out and the back-ups shined w their opportunities. It was a coming our party for Augusta, Hatley, Vincent, and Brantley. Many in Mizzou land believe this years DL is stronger and more stout than last years. We'll know for sure in league play. All I know is... an active and disruptive DL will carry a team far.
We're simply on the same "Quest for Respect", by trying to win games. Pinkel has the formula and the personnel, we just need to seal the depth by bringing along the younger players. So far we are 0-2 against SC while members of the SEC, so I look for a ferocious battle. In both loses, our starting QB was out and we played w our 2nd team QB, so hopefully Mauk can pull us through this year. The HBC is the real deal and the Tigers respect his craftiness. That game will be the payoff game for us. Four non-conf games for tune-ups, to SEC opener w SC to BYE week. The momentum should be strong, but it'll be a tough game but I like our chances to steal one in Williams-Brice.
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Chris is correct about the ideal trajectory. Credit coach Gary Pinkel and his MizzouMade program. GP knows it's easier to lose a game than it is to win one, so he attempts to field a more solid, disciplined team, over his opponent. A team that has less penalties than it's opponent. A team that wins the momentum battle via takeaways and sacks. A team that holds players directly accountable for being in shape, perfecting your craft/skills, knowing your assignments and executing at a high level. That's MizzouMade in a nutshell- just add talent, depth and determined players....and voila> The Missouri Tigers. A formidable foe for any team we encounter. Solid and disciplined- ever seeking to create momentum towards a victory. Talent alone will not be able to beat Mizzou. It's gonna take supreme execution to topple us. (Like Auburn's offense in the SECCG.) At the end of the day, or should I say last Saturday, I feel much better about our team and however the SEC East ends up whether we win or lose it. Upon us staying healthy, I at least know that team is for real and has a high ceiling for that trajectory to keep rising.
Best game of the season so far. Sacks and turnovers will carry this team far this year. Not a fan of the soft zone defense, but I gotta think that they are keeping it vanilla before SEC play begins (i hope). I think the secondary and linebackers need to be much more aggressive hitting and tackling. Opponents will feast on yards after contact if not. Also, it's nice to see the Harris and Loud get more reps and how about the the interior DL? The Defense took a major step forward today and I think it will inspire them the rest of the season. Offensively, I would script 5-10 plays for Culkin next game and also give Printz two solid quarters with the 1st team against IU. I think the Offense needs a third dimension with solid TE play, it's the final step to actually stretch and stress defenses with our style of the spread. All in all....Good day to be a Mizzou Tiger! M-I-Z....
Justin Britt starting LT for Seahawks.
Wolfman, it is laughable. Relax my friend, the cross-over schedules is something we all have to deal with. It's the non-sexy aspect of conference re-alignment. Nothing to get all excited about. Things will level off soon. I don't taste haterade in the article, just the facts and the latest updates.
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I very much agree with the non-conf schedule allowing the team to polish and get game time reps before SEC play begins. I also, remember Franklin as the culprit for sacks as well. His pocket presence was 50/50 throughout the year. I thought he had trouble feeling pressure and sometimes scrambled right into a sack. All is well, overall I love what he had to contribute as a QB during his tenure. Kudos to Christopher Smith for this report.
Per Dave Matter: 9 of the 13- 2013 recruits cracked the depth chart. Talk about excitement! Folks forget, but we have yet to fully transition into the SEC with recruits from the SEC footprint. Mizzou is definatley trending up!
Good read. I'll be honest- it hurt to lose Josey AND Ealy as juniors, but releasing DGB immediatley put heavy pressure on the entire team. Folks can rightfully evaluate the character of DGB or note him not living to his potential all they want, BUT you better believe game planning on defense would start with him. His measurables, his hype, his trajectory are undeniable and should always be throughout his career whether NCAA or NFL. This team is completley different with these 3 guys on the field. Arguments can be made for why they should or should't have stayed, but this team is remarkably better with those guys. The preseason buzz would be much higher as well. Now everyone must somewhat hold their breath, about how the younger players will develop. Thank goodness for our non-conf schedule and back to back pre-conference format a la the Big 12. SEC fans baulk at it but, we have always considered it an extended fall camp with extra warm-up scrimmages to polish our game. When you don't get "ready-made players" (5 / 4 stars) as recruits this format is vital to be competetive in conference play. Last year I had no idea if we compete til I watched the entire non-conf specifacally Indiana and I will verily say the same this year. Bottom line: we have our hands full and thus far have more questions than answers in the skill department.
Starting at 24, gives us a chance to actually shoot for the play-offs. We should stay ranked and possibly a higher ranking come South Carolina week 5. The four non-conf games in the first 4 weeks gives the team a chance to polish up their skills before SEC games. If, again if, we can somehow go 2/3 or better against SC, GA, and FL we would have a great opportunity to climb the polls as last year. We came in week 5 at 24th, I believe against GA and steadily climbed from there on. All in all i'm satified with the ranking. In regards to the players having a chip on there shoulder..... I'm convinced that the players have plenty of motivation, as they attempt to sound the alarm across the SEC that Mizzou is here to stay and will be competitive year after year.
Very well written, I agree that the running game shall carry a little heavier burden over the passing game this season. Im fine with Hansbrough gettin the majority of the carries amongst the RBs. He's a legitamate candidate to rush for 1000 plus yds as Kendail Lawrence and Henry Josey did in the first two years in the SEC. He's a tough runner with a good speed in the open field. Morgan Steward is primed for a breakout year. We need a solid season from him. His time has come to show Mizzou Nation what the offense looks like with larger, stronger RB in the backfield. I'm very curious myself. And of course Murphy will be the utiliy guy and perhaps has the best chance to be the most impactful offensive player for the Tigers. If Henson is creative enough, then he has a chance to rank pretty high in all-purpose yards in the conference.
Kudos to SDS for this article and all the a media attention towards Mizzou as of late. It's true, Wilson's absence is the obvious black hole in the D. Leadership, technique, and hustle were his intangibles that will sorely be missed. I doubt Brandon Lee redshirts, so he will get a chance to play, but I'm waiting for Eric Beisel to show what he is made of.
We're used to this crap. Gamblers made a lot of money on a horse called Mizzou last year. Low risk bet , with high pay outs.
This game will be a great opportunity to look down the road a bit in regards to young talent. RBs, LBs, OL, DBs, WRs in particular. We typically play more upper-class men, but that won't be the case as much this year. 2nd and 3rd string developement is vital for this Tiger Team.
"Shoot for the stars, but if you don't get there- cling on to the moon", Dolomite aka Rudy Ray Moore. For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 "Free your mind and your ass will follow", George Clinton, Parliment My preseason observations of Mizzou fans about upcoming SEC football season: 2012- Thankful. Happy to drop the zero's and join he hero's. Big 12<SEC 2013- Cautious. Not really sure to make of going 5-7 or Pinkel's job. 2014- Optimistic. We stay healthy, and we can compete with the best of 'em. Truth be told, Mizzou has a high ceiling (just add 4 & 5 star recruits ) and a great opportunity to grow the brand in the SEC via wins, media, monies, and conference clout. Like you said, how else are you supposed to think after winning 12 games?
Top 5 in NFL 1st Round Picks since 2007, not total draft picks.
I believe that's Top 5, 1st Round Picks since 2007 per Gary Pinkel.
I was thinking about this topic last week. I think Berk would be actual #2 for now, b/c he knows the system, has SEC game experience and has matured. I agree Printz has a higher ceiling, than Berk as well. Thus 2a and 2b on the QB depth chart. I think Pinkel would put in Berk first, but wouldn't hesitate to put in Printz if needed. At any moment during the game- a series, quarter or a half, if Berk is struggling.