Welcome to today's chat. Thanks for being cooperative with the day switch. I'm traveling later today so I'll be here for the next two hours.
The SEMO game didn't teach us anything about this defense or Steve Wilks. The bigger and better athletes controlled the line of scrimmage like they were supposed to. The inexperienced backups struggled - a lot. I thought the second half was more the result of MU's depleted depth via the transfer portal. The defense lost a lot of players over the last 12-16 months who would have been on the field for the second half against SEMO instead of mostly freshmen. The result is inconsequential and if anything should be good for those young players in the long run.
Man, has this 2-1 start been so bad that fans are hoping for 6-6? I still see a path to eight wins. But you better beat Boston College because teams like Florida and Arkansas look much better than I expected going into the season.
If the SEC goes to nine league games I think SEC teams will push hard to preserve the FCS game and will instead try to do away with one of their Group of 5 opponents, which would be Middle Tennessee or New Mexico State in Mizzou's case.
I'm not sure it really impacts other players' decisions other than it fills a scholarship they could use on another player. Either way, Shaw is someone they've wanted for a long time.
Drinkwitz has published the same starting lineup for three straight weeks, which means that the public depth chart means absolutely nothing. Case Cook returned to practice yesterday in limited duty. Ennis Rakestraw was back on the field wearing a knee brace. My hunch is both will see the field at Boston College.
The 2021 recruiting class was loaded with defensive backs and defensive linemen. Most of them just aren't ready to play yet - or they're hurt or coming off injuries, which is the case for Ky Montgomery, Travion Ford and Jon Jones. Mizzou will no doubt leave some room in the 2022 class for transfer prospects.
Not really. I said all along this team would lose to Kentucky - and I also picked a loss to Boston College in the preseason, but I might flip that pick. (My picks will be published on Friday, as always.) On the flip side, two games I projected as wins will be harder to win: vs. Florida and at Arkansas. But I still think seven or eight wins is doable for this team. The offense is getting better by the week. The defense isn't a completely lost cause yet.
He's a short-yardage receiver, decent red zone threat. I don't think you're going to see him catching 20-yard passes or making long runs after the catch. His average depth of target is 9.7 yards, which ranks sixth on the team. (He's on average about 10 yards downfield when they attempt a pass to him.) Quick comparison, in 2019, Albert O's ADOT was 9.4 yards, about the same. Parker can get you a first down or snag a TD in the red zone. But I don't expect his receiving numbers to blow up this year.
Nah. BC is eager to play a quality opponent after opening against Colgate, UMass and Temple. They go to Clemson next week, so they know the caliber of competition cranks up this week. I expect a competitive game. These two programs have been equally matched for about 20 years in a lot of different ways.
Mizzou played some two high-safety looks against Kentucky. I don't think that's a great move against a team you know wants to run the ball. I'd expect more loaded boxes, one safety deep and more zone coverage to keep the linebackers, corners and safeties looking forward instead of turning their backs on the ball.
No, noon in Boston. 11 a.m. Central, noon Eastern.
There will be room if a five-star recruit wants to join the team.
Yes, it's better than most O lines in the country.
I don't think people would be questioning the size of Mizzou's defensive front if MU had opened the season against spread passing teams like Mississippi State or Ole Miss or Florida where you're chasing receivers all over the place and pass rushing more than stuffing the run. For a four-man front, Mizzou's D-ends are on the bigger side at 276, 268 and 266. It is a little unusual to have all sub-300-pound guys at tackle. You look at most SEC D-lines and there's at least one 300-pounder in the middle, whether it's a three-man or four-man base front.
It sounds like there's less consensus now for an expanded playoff field from some conferences, which means the SEC might not get its wish as soon as it wants it to happen. I don't have a lot of faith in the leaders of college sports to make the best decision in a timely manner, so my guess is it takes longer than expected to expand the field beyond four.
BC hasn't allowed a first-half touchdown yet. Then again, the Eagles haven't exactly played the most robust schedule. Some early points from Bazelak and Co. would be ideal for Mizzou.