Chat Mizzou sports with Dave Matter at 11 a.m. Thursday

Chat Mizzou sports with Dave Matter at 11 a.m. Thursday

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter in a live chat at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Dave, your Mississippi State Bulldogs choked hard this week against Arkansas..ARKANSAS!!! What’s wrong with the Bulldogs in Starkville?
    It's the full Mike Leach experience. Pull off a big upset ... then get ambushed the next week. My Dawgs will recover.
    Watching the game last weekend, Tennessee looked pretty vanilla on both sides of the ball. Not many blitzes and nothing fancy offensively. Is that their style, or is that more an indication Pruitt knew he had the better team and could get yards on the ground whenever they wanted. I read that Mizzou had no tackles for loss on designed rushing plays.
    Tennessee doesn't do anything exotic on offense. Once they got Cade Mays eligible last week, the Vols had a surplus of O-linemen, so that became their strength. They lined up with extra blockers multiple times - something they hadn't shown previously - and pounded away at Missouri's defense. They have two quality running backs and a smart QB who doesn't make a lot of mistakes. They can win a lot of games by just leaning on their strengths: Huge, deep O-line, multiple, interchangeable backs and a veteran game-manager at QB. 
    Defensively, I didn't see anything too complex. They tackled pretty well in space ... but the damage was done in that game by Mizzou's mistakes. Receivers got open; they just had a lot of drops. Far more often than not Bazelak made the right decision with the ball, had time to throw and gave his targets a catchable ball. Rountree was effective running. They just couldn't sustain drives because of the untimely mistakes.
    With the extra year of eligibility allowed due to Covid, would Maietti, Chism, and Hazelton be able to return next year? What about other red shirt seniors?
    Yes, everyone on the current team can return next year. Now, that doesn't mean every senior in college football is going to want to come back for another year, especially fifth- and sixth-year players who already have their degrees. Some will want to explore the NFL draft. Others will want to move on with their lives. It'll be a really interesting offseason to see how players manage those decisions.
    Whats the OLine situation? Are we missing players? I recall Drink saying he used 5 different starters in 5 days of practice?
    He hasn't used a single backup in either game. The same five played every snap against Alabama. At Tennessee, there was one change - Bobby Lawrence replaced Zeke Powell at left tackle because Powell had a foot injury in practice - but the same starting five played every snap. So, the O-line might have had some issues staying on the field in preseason practices, but at 80 percent of the positions, the playing time has been as stable as possible through two games.
  • Hi Dave,

    Thank you for your awesome Mizzou coverage! I’m a PD subscriber because of you! Could you please address the situation with Montra Edwards leaving? Any scoop as to why?
  • Thanks for the note and I appreciate your subscription!
    As for Edwards, no telling. He didn't respond to my attempts to talk to him about his decision. I don't believe he's talked on the record to anyone else in the media. He initially committed to Mizzou last year ... then quickly dropped his commitment ... then committed again after the coaching change. I'd hate to speculate on any reasons why he left. MU is not exactly brimming with returning players at the three interior defensive line positions where he'd have a chance to play in 2021. 
  • I believe the game was scheduled for 8PM in Baton Rouge. So why 11AM in CoMo?
    Again, I wrote about the time change extensively in this story.
    1. LSU wants to get back in daylight hours in case there's power outages in Baton Rouge.
    2. SEC precedent is to move relocated games to morning kickoffs to give teams more time to return home.
    Coaches hate the 8 pm kickoffs on the road. You don't get back until shortly before dawn. You essentially lose a day of preparation for your next game because you can't have a normal Sunday practice when your team is wiped out from that kind of travel. Drinkwitz would not have been happy with the same situation after an 8 p.m. game at LSU. But in the case of this game, LSU could use a break: Not only will players' and coaches' families be dealing with a hurricane over the weekend - and the weather is absolutely the priority here - but LSU now play three straight road games. No other team in the SEC plays three straight road games. Heck, four don't even play two straight road games. Two of those three consecutive road games are at night. So, considering LSU is already losing a home game, the right thing to do  - on multiple counts - is kick off at 11 so the team can get home safely and not have the disadvantage of another late road trip.

    How in 48 hours, Mizzou, LSU moved a football game 700 miles to avoid Hurricane Delta

    STLtoday.comOn a weekend MU was initially slated to play at BYU, the Tigers will instead host LSU for a morning kickoff at Memorial Stadium.
    Safety was supposed to be a strength of the team this year. Did they regress against Tennessee? If so, was it because the WRs and TEs really good for Tennessee or should we just chalk it up as anomaly?
    I didn't come away from that game thinking the safeties played poorly. Missouri's issues were up front. The three safeties - Gillespie, Bledsoe and Manuel - were among the five-highest graded players who saw at least 30 snaps, by Pro Football Focus. In the passing game, the three main safeties were targeted with six passes and gave up two completions.
    Good afternoon, Dave.

    Few quick questions. Which sideline will Mizzou be on this coming Saturday? It's an LSU home game and was wondering if a switch would be made.

    Also, any idea what the ticket prices will be if the season ticket holders and students don't request their full allotment?

    Finally, and I know you're up to it with football, but was wondering what you are hearing about the MBB team, its schedule and so forth?

    Thank you very much.
    LSU is the home team, but I'm not sure if that will impact the sidelines. Drinkwitz said this week MU will still use its regular locker room.
    I'm also not sure about ticket prices. It might depend on the price of the tickets that go unclaimed by season ticket holders. I'll check on that and hopefully have an answer before the chat is over.
    As for hoops, the schedule is still coming together. Mizzou hopes/expects the nonconference games against Illinois and Kansas stay on any revised schedule. 
    Has Michael Porter Sr. joined the pepperdine coaching staff?
    Any thoughts on durugordon leaving high school early to enroll at Mizzou? Did martin encourage that or was that decision made by durugordon independently? That doesn't seem like a very common move, but I suppose I don't really pay that close attention most years so maybe it happens more often
  • That's something that happened a few weeks ago that I wasn't able to pin down at the time. It's not a conventional decision, but I can see why it's in Durugordon's best interest to get on campus and get acclimated to the program. I think he's going to be expected to have a significant role as a freshman. He had just enrolled at his new prep school around Labor Day, so it's not like he had established ties to the program there.
  • How has the loss of Odom impacted the defense? Walters and Haley are still around, but the D looks out of sorts.
    I'm not sure I'd agree. If the two games were flipped I think people would feel better about the defense. They tackled really well against Bama and actually got some pressure against an O-line that's probably the best in the country. Bama's receivers are going to make plays on every team this year like they made against Missouri. I came away from that game thinking this defense made some strides from the end of last year. 
    Last week was more about getting pushed around at the point of attack. Walters and Drinkwitz both touched on some alignment issues. Tennessee's tempo gave the defense some unanticipated problems. That shouldn't happen, but it seems fixable. I wouldn't write off this defense after two weeks. 
    Hi Dave - I'm jumping in late to the conversation. Our defense was not has good as it was against Alabama. We were not filling the gaps on the runs and our tackling was bad. The Vols were good at moving the ball but, why the regression? Thank You
    I just touched on that topic. Here's more from what Ryan Walters had to say.
    "The 12-T personnel group when they brought in two extra tackles, that gave us problems. We gave up like 80 yards in that set. The prior weeks that they had been in 12 personnel formations they ran regular 12 personnel plays. So I didn't anticipate it'd be an issue and when they did that. The problems came when they got in those heavy sets. You try to get it corrected on the sideline and sometimes we did and it wasn't an issue. Other times it hurt us. So we really made that a point of emphasis this week. And just the little details of coverages on third downs and knowing where help is and knowing whatever side you need to have in coverage. Those are all learning experiences for some of our younger guys. We didn't make enough plays when we had opportunities. I thought we had two maybe three times to get interceptions and just didn't. It didn't bounce our way. You also don't want to get going too down. Obviously you want to learn from and correct mistakes and gain experience. But we have played the number 2 and number 14 team in the country. This is not a normal year for for anybody involved in the SEC. We don't have room to try to figure things out on the fly. As soon as the ball's kicked off we got to be ready to go."
    More here from Walters:
    "Some of the times we were getting lined up late guys are just thinking. That's on me as much as it is anybody. I got to do a good job of giving everybody what they can handle. We've practiced tempo this week. We do it for a period every a week against our offense, but just simulating in the scout team and over-emphasizing it in some of the individual periods as well, just the importance of being where you're supposed to be, having your eyes where they're supposed to be before the ball is snapped in order to give yourself a chance before the play even starts."
    Dave - Any word on who will be televising the game now that it's moved to 11:00 A.M.? I live in Dallas and not sure where to pick it up. Thank You
    SEC Network Alternate.
    It will be re-aired immediately on the regular SEC Network at 3 p.m. CT.
    Is LSU throwing the ball well? Losing Burrow is huge, but are they still strong though the air?
  • Yes, Myles Brennan is doing a nice job through two weeks. He averaged 341 passing yards vs. Mississippi State and Vandy. Thrown for seven touchdowns already - with three INTs - and completing right at 60 percent. He's had his share of drops from his receivers also. I'll have a more detailed scouting report on LSU posted at STLtoday.com later today.
  • I read that Steve Balmer fired Doc Rivers because the clippers didn't draft MPJ. Does that mean Michael Porter Sr is being considered for the clippers open head coaching job?
    Has Elijah Young gotten on the field yet? Any carries? Pretty sure Drink is high on him.
    Correction: He played one snap, per PFF, on a pass play. He didn't touch the ball. I have to say I don't remember it. 
    No, he hasn't gotten any snaps at tailback. He might have played on special teams but I haven't noticed him. He's clearly no higher than the fourth back behind Routnree, Badie and Downing.
    Had a question about Keke Chism. Is he having difficulty adjusting to top-flight competition? Or is he getting open and just not getting enough targets? I know the coaching staff raved about him in the preseason, but could it be that he was taking advantage of a subpar position group on Mizzou, or CBs?
    He's been open at times but just hasn't gotten the ball for whatever reason. I'm not sure the staff did him any favors - Drinkwitz notably - by hyping him up so much this summer and early fall. At least we can't blame the media on this one. We never saw him practice or scrimmage to make any observations.
    Dave - It may be too early to say we have sovled our kicking problems, but this freshman has a leg and is accurate - a real bright spot for the team. Thank You.
    Yes, Harrison Mevis has been a real positive so far. Drinkwitz got a lot of questions about him this week - look for a story about Mevis in tomorrow's Post-Dispatch - but the head coach was quick to diffuse some of the attention. It's only been two weeks. But, so far, so good. If he proves to be as reliable as he appears to be so far, then the program is in really good shape there for four years.
    Is J.J. Hester getting any snaps? If not, should we just chalk it up to being green and needed to learn the playbook? It doesn't appear there's that much talent among the wideouts, so I'm thinking that we might have overhyped him or more likely, he hasn't picked up the playbook yet.
    Hester has not played any snaps on offense. This offense staff is clearly deferring to the older players at outside receiver. Here's the snap count breakdown for receivers through two games:
    Chism 116
    Hazelton 102
    Knox 76
    Banister 51
    Gicinto 27
    Dove 21
    Smith 11
    Abrams-Draine 4
    Wilson 3
    I don't know if it's a case of over-hyped for Hester. They just have more faith in the veterans at this point. It's still early. 
    Dave - Are you surprised with the bad play in the BIG 12? Will the conference survive? Thank You
    I don't think we should be all that surprised that there's some parity in any league right now just given how limited teams were with practice time leading up to the season. K-State clearly has Oklahoma's numbers. OU hasn't had their best defensive player on the field this year - St. Louis' Ronnie Perkins - and there's some obvious dropoff at QB from the lineage of Mayfield, Murray and Hurts. 
    Texas is the more surprising team. I really thought Tom Herman would have UT back at the top or at least neck and neck with OU in the conference. Something is amiss there. 
    Don't give up on the Fightin' Mullets. Oklahoma State is quietly undefeated. 
    Outside of Kansas being awful still - I warned all of you who wanted Les Miles at Mizzou - there doesn't seem to be a whole lot that separates the other teams in the league. Texas Tech is still looking for some answers, but West Virginia and K-State have made really good hires the last couple years. Just when you think TCU is slipping they come through last week. I like what Baylor has done the last couple years, but Matt Rhule might prove to be the real miracle worker. Jury still out on Dave Aranda.
    I also wouldn't give up on Lincoln Riley. OU won't make the playoffs this year, but unless the NFL grabs him, I think he's a top-five coach in America ... just behind Saban and Dabo. 
    I've got an answer from Mizzou's ticket department: Any tickets left over for the general sale on Friday will cost the same as they do for the season-ticket holders - $75 for the lower bowl and $50 for the upper bowl. Those tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday.
    So do you think the reason for the defensive lines struggles is more about the talent, the system, or the defensive line coach?
    It's really hard to evaluate an individual position coach, especially when you can't watch practice and (rarely) talk to the guy. My first impulse is always to say talent. They clearly don't have a replacement for Jordan Elliott, who was a legit first-team All-SEC D-tackle last year - and might have gone too late in the NFL draft. I'll say again, I do think it's interesting that you're seeing the snaps shift toward younger players up front. McGuire started and played more snaps than Turne last week. Same for Jeffcoat over Williams. Also, Darius Robinson, who's essentially the third or fourth D-tackle, got hurt ealry and didn't return to the game.
    This game on Saturday should be an unexpected financial boon to CoMo. Is there any sort of conference policy as to revenue sharing for relocated games? Baton Rouge will obviously miss out on millions of dollars. Do the schools share ticket/ concession revenue?
    Yes, that was covered in yesterday's story about how this relocation came together.
    Because it’s still considered an LSU home game, LSU will receive all ticket revenue from the game after Mizzou covers its game-day expenses. Mizzou was unsure as of Wednesday how the concessions revenue will be divided. 

    How in 48 hours, Mizzou, LSU moved a football game 700 miles to avoid Hurricane Delta

    STLtoday.comOn a weekend MU was initially slated to play at BYU, the Tigers will instead host LSU for a morning kickoff at Memorial Stadium.
    OK, everyone. That's all the time we have today. Look for lots more coverage as always.
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