Missouri will be in the mix until he puts pen to paper. Sometimes that's all you can ask for.
I expect Georgia to be a much better team - legit playoff contender - and that game is in Athens. So, beating Georgia would be a more impressive win by far.
Yes, they've all been on campus for about two months and having organized workouts/scrimmages. The coaches are allowed to be involved. I don't think roster continuity is nearly as important in basketball. These guys have been playing the game all their lives and playing with new teammates every year whether it's high school ball or on the AAU circuit.
Maybe not on the first day because newcomers always start on the bottom of the depth chart. But all of those guys came here to play major snaps. I'd expect one if not both Tulsa cornerbacks to start in the base scheme. Alldredge will have to hold off a few contenders - Chad Bailey for one - but he didn't come here to be a reserve.
I said this five years ago and still believe the same: Wren Baker would be a great hire for Mizzou. He'll crank up fundraising. He'll build the fan base. He'll work well with his coaches. He'll improve the morale in a department in badly need of a boost.
I picked Mizzou ahead of Kentucky in my preseason poll, and the winner of that game has always finished ahead of the loser. If they played tomorrow on a neutral field, I'd give Mizzou a slight edge because it has an established quarterback and isn't breaking in a new offense like they are at Kentucky. But the game is in Lexington - and UK has more than a month to settle on a QB and get acclimated to its new offensive system. I expect nothing less than a really competitive game.
I think Mizzou is just fine being the state's only FBS football program.
Give a listen to the Yahoo Sports football podcast and those three guys - Wetzel/Forde/Thamel, three of the best in the business - have certainly talked about ESPN's role in all of this and the fact that ESPN hasn't reported the realignment/expansion story as aggressively as other outlets. Besides the fact that ESPN has let go of many of its best college sports reporters, it's noticeable that the bulk of the breaking news reporting has come from other national outlets.
On Wednesday, the true freshmen mentioned the most by the coaches were WR Dominic Lovett, DE Kyran Montgomery and DT Mekhi Wingo. Steve Wilks went out of his way to mention Montgomery and Wingo as guys he's counting on to perform this year.
They want someone who's going to be bold and aggressive in how he/she approaches the biggest challenges that face Mizzou in the SEC and nationally ... someone who can build the fan base by building enthusiasm for the teams on campus. Mizzou needs a leader who can convince fans to invest in the program BEFORE there's success on the fields and the court. MU needs to shake fans out of the mindset that it's all on the coaches and players to build support with their results. The buy-in has to come before the results, so that the teams have the support they need so they can go produce the results they want.
Impossible to know at this point. TCU certainly has more favorable demographics than Iowa State, though ISU has the stronger football program at this point and certainly more history and fan support when it comes to men's basketball.
They're not trying to screw anything up but the last few weeks sure prove that college football could ever use a czar to oversee the sport - independent of the NCAA and the Power 5.
Missouri might not love Texas and how it ran the show in the Big 12, but Missouri knew better than to get in the way of the SEC's plans.