They coached against each other three times from 2018-19, so it's not a huge body of work. Also, Coen wasn't the coordinator or play-caller in those games. If anything, it gave both sides a point of reference to study before the season to get a headstart on what kind of schemes they can expect to see on the field.
I haven't heard of anyone predicting Kentucky to seriously challenge Georgia for the SEC East, but they're clearly improved on offense, no matter how good or bad Louisiana-Monroe may be. Seems like the temptation for some Mizzou fans (probably some media, too) is to assume the Cats were on a downward trend last year and that will continue. But I disagree. I don't read too much into any team's 2020 results. The schedules were shortened and made more difficult with conference-only games. Teams were playing with 40 or 50 scholarship players some weeks and some position groups nearly depleted because of COVID testing. Throw on top of all that and UK dealt with internal trauma with the illness of its O-line coach, who died late in the season. Before last year ever kicked off, Mark Stoops had proven he has a tough, rugged, talented program that is good enough to threaten anyone in the SEC from week to week. That's even more true now if they truly have a functional pass offense.
Missouri paid Central Michigan $1.4 million for Saturday's game. That's about the going rate for a Group of 5 team to make a one-time visit.
I had a long interview with Desiree Reed-Francois yesterday that will be published at STLtoday.com later tonight. She's aware of many issues/complaints fans have about the game day experience and her staff is already addressing them. I believe the game day program is one of those items. Stay tuned.
We'll see how much work I get done prior to leaving CoMo tomorrow.
That listed weight isn't accurate. He was closer to 220 in camp. He looked strong enough on Saturday, but we've never seen if he can do it game after game after game. It's uncharted territory for him in this role.
That was a major point of emphasis in the offseason and there were tangible results in the spring. (That might have had as much to do with the young QBs on the roster.) I think this defense has some impressive skill at corner when you add Evans, Green and Abrams-Draine to the mix. I'm impressed with Carlies. Always have been. Very underrated player at free safety.
Nah, it's not about weight. Defensive ends aren't supposed to be 300 pounds. It's about speed, quickness and leverage on the D-line. Look back at Markus Golden, Shane Ray, Kony Ealy, Charles Harris. Those guys were All-SEC defensive ends and they were all in the 250-270 range.
Mizzou's defense has to tackle and shut down the big plays. Can't get beat in 1-on-1 matchups. Kentucky throws the ball around, but they max protect with heavier sets when they throw deep, so Mizzou has to know what's coming and can't be caught off guard. Who can disguise what they're doing better? It's a really interesting chess match.
I don't necessarily agree. We saw lots of pre-snap motions into the backfield for misdirection plays, jet sweeps to the slot receiver, a variety of screens, a reverse flea flicker, at least four deep shots over the top of the CMU secondary. I'm not sure what "opening up" the playbook is when you have a head coach whose staple is all those things mentioned above. That was Drinkwitz's offense. The problem was they couldn't sustain drives long enough to really show more. And the thing that worked the best was simple running plays for Badie. No need to get too fancy when that was working.
He's not getting fired after this season under just about any circumstances.
Good question. I'm not sure if Mizzou took its entire allotment. My predictions will be on the site tomorrow, as always.