I'm hesitant to compare a freshman who's had a couple carries to an all-time great like Josey. He's got some speed for sure. Haven't really seen him take a big hit yet or what he can do as a receiver. Promising sneak peek so far.
They got a little over-indulgent from the arc in the first half, but it was OK at the time because (1) they were crashing the boards and creating second chances and (2) Oregon was a mess offensively and giving Mizzou extra possessions with turnovers. In the second half, Mizzou stopped settling for so many 3s and did a nice job getting in the paint and getting to the foul line. Dru Smith can make 3s. He was off last night. I wouldn't mind him taking those shots as long as they're within the rhythm of the offense. One thing Martin doesn't like is a bunch of pull-up 3s. He wants smarter 3s this year. I don't recall thinking a lot of last night's shots were poor decisions. Some were at the shot clock buzzer because either MU was being too patient or Oregon was playing solid halfcourt defense.
Defensive line, which the staff has addressed to some degree. I'd want more receivers, too. Maybe more grad transfers. This team has its share of possession receivers. Needs some game-breakers.
Let's not forget, Mizzou beat No. 11 Auburn last year. Last year's Illinois win was huge - because the Illini became a damn good team by February/March. The Kentucky win in 2018 was a huge win. Last night was the best nonconference non-Braggin' Rights Game win since beating UCLA in 2013, the day of Auburn SEC championship game.
I don't think so. They had to have the SEC protocols in mind when they designed how the home sidelines would work.
Playing games and winning games should matter. I don't care how good Ohio State looks on the field; if the Buckeyes only play four or five games, then they shouldn't get into the playoff over teams like Florida or Texas A&M or Cincinnati that are winning nine or 10 games. Otherwise, just decide the playoff on the top four teams in Phil Steele's preseason magazine every year. It's a shame for every playoff contender when they have to miss games, but in this unusual year, shouldn't we measure who are the best teams based on who's able to play (and win) more games? It's one thing if you can only play eight games compared to everyone else's 10. But seven? Six? Five? Sorry, but I don't think that's enough. And if BYU wins decisively over Coastal Carolina on Saturday, the Cougars should be in the discussion - and much, much higher than No. 13 in the standings. BYU passes the eye test.
He's on the first year of a six-year deal that pays him $4 million a year. Why would Mizzou have to give him a raise or extension? What leverage does he have - in the middle of a revenue-decimating pandemic - to command or expect more money or more years?
I don't have a read on what's happening at Michigan. I think he's a better coach and runs a better program than the product we've seen on the field this year, but UM should never be this bad.
He doesn't suffer fools. You better have a good question prepared or he'll zing you. I don't have any personal problems with him - and he consistently gives me good answers. He's not unlike most coaches where I think you have to earn some respect with him before you get great answers. But I know I'm always one lame question away from getting zinged on Zoom. But I like covering him. He's smart. He's funny. He'll challenge your question if he doesn't think it's very good. He actually listens to what you're asking. That doesn't mean he's going to answer it the way you want him to, but I'd rather cover someone who's interesting and edgy than someone who's boring.
I think it'll have less to do with who's calling plays and more to do with who has the best players. I'll give MU an edge there. But I expect a competitive game.
Huh? I ask all kinds of questions and Eli doesn't have a problem with tough questions.
Well, the Illinois game would be a huge pelt on the Tigers' wall. Even if you lose that game it's a valuable piece for the credentials. Losses to great teams are just as valuable - if not more - than wins over bad teams. Otherwise, MU doesn't have another game against a high-major team. They'll want to sweep the rest, including Sunday's at Wichita State.
Women have appeared in Division I football games and have kicked field goals and PATs.
I still see people spell the all-time wins leader Pinkle.