If I were on the committee and had to pick the four best teams based on this season's games, I'd go with Penn State (two best wins), Georgia, Oregon and Alabama ... with Iowa as a distant fifth team.
Georgia's defense is better. Alabama's offense probably has more upside, but I'm not sure it's better right now.
Firing your hand-picked coordinator four games into the season would not be a good look for a young head coach.
Hmm, I think the O-line has played pretty well. MU ranks 15th in the country is yards per rushing attempt (5.8) and has allowed only one sack per game, which is tied for 14th nationally. Bazelak was under pressure at Kentucky but wasn't brought down until the second to last play of the game.
No way. He's LSU's next HC.
I don't know that I ever said that exactly. I think he's the one making that point. But for any coach in any situation, you have to measure him on more than a season and a half of games, especially given the COVID situation last year. It seems like most people are forgetting that Drinkwitz's 2021 recruiting class included a dozen high school defensive players - only one of whom is in the regular rotation right now (Wingo). The building of the future defense started more than a year ago. Yes, they might have to fill some holes with a few transfers, but the rebuilding process doesn't wait until next year to start.
That's certainly a more optimistic tone than I've heard from most fans. Will be interesting to see which side of the projections are more accurate.
Nothing reported that I know of. I don't cover that school.
Man, lots of prediction questions today. I'll say Cooper for 45 yards. Why not?
He better build up that Oklahoma defense first. I don't see him getting a Power 5 job straight out of OU. Maybe a solid AAC or Conference USA school that loses a coach to a Power 5.
I'm writing about this later in the week. Mizzou fans have to realize - if they haven't already - that he's a micromanaging CEO-type head coach who has a say in how everything within his program looks, sounds and feels. That includes the schedule. Gary Pinkel was the same way with the schedule when it came to nonconference opponents. Some coaches are very particular about what they want out of that noncon schedule - and even though I made my point earlier that I don't think there's much recruiting value in location for noncon games - he feels otherwise. He would not approve of this game being scheduled ... but it was scheduled long before he was at Mizzou. I appreciate his candor - even if I don't completely agree with his take. I think these kind of games are good for college football. I've sensed more fan interest in this game than any other noncon game I can recall in a long time. I know a lot of people making the trip to Boston. Unique noncon games are great for college football.
I only published this so everyone else can see how often I get bombarded with these questions each week. When and where have I ever "shilled" for Barry Odom? He and I aren't exactly chums. We share mutual respect because we've know each other for more than 20 years, but I've had better relationships with most of the head coaches I've covered.
That's the plan. I'm spending a couple extra days in Boston before the game. I've got tickets to Red Sox-Yankees on Friday, but hopefully the weather holds up.
Let's talk about that after he plays more than one SEC game.
I'd say that even good teams can have an off day. Teams like Missouri and Kentucky can wildly fluctuate results from week to week. Usually only the few elite teams and the few atrocious teams are consistent one week to the next.
I thought Florida was a bit overrated at the beginning of the season and in our preseason preview section I picked MU to upset the Gators in Columbia. Seeing what Florida did against Bama and seeing what Anthony Richardson did to everyone else that game looks much harder to win for Mizzou. But, again, lots can change between now and then.
Not really. I don't recall who asked that question, but I generally ask questions to answer things I don't know. Some reporters just tell coaches/players to talk about a subject and hope they stumble into something interesting. I prefer more direct questions on a specific topic.
I don't think he's that kind of player. He'll play some as a freshman, but I don't think he's an instant impact offensive player in terms of high-volume scoring.
OK, folks. I've got a plane to catch. Lots of coverage coming in the next few days and more from Boston.