Hey, chatters. It's that time of the week. I'll be here for the next few hours to talk all things Mizzou.
At some point Missouri will win a conference championship game. When? Who knows. Winning the SEC East is one thing; beating Bama or Auburn or LSU is another kind of challenge. That said, winning the East is going to be a chore as long as Kirby Smart keeps recruiting loads of five-star players to Athens. He's building a machine at Georgia - and Florida doesn't usually stay down for long either. Missouri proved in 2013-14 it can put together enough talent to compete for championships in this conference, but it's never easy when you don't recruit at the same level as the teams in your way.
True, coaches are happy when they win, but don't mistake that phrase with being satisfied. Odom and his defensive coaches were nothing close to happy when Missouri State scored 43 points in last year's opener. Hell, the defensive coordinator was fired eight days later. As for the future of the FCS series, the SEC has decided collectively that it will continue playing these games. For the most part, fans across the SEC show up for these games because fans care about seeing their team play, regardless of the opponent. That's not the case at Mizzou, obviously, where a fringe of the fanbase cares more about seeing a name opponent. With the mandate that every SEC team plays at least one Power 5 nonconference opponent, the league justifies playing one FCS team every year. I wish they'd do away with those games, but schools aren't going to budge.
I think Crockett has more wiggle even though he's the bigger of the two. Rountree seems to prefer absorbing contact while Crockett works more to avoid contact. Not that he's soft, but he might have a bit more agility and quickness. They have the potential to be the best tandem at Mizzou since .... well, longer than I've covered the team.
I'll go with under. But he'll be in the 30s.
He is what he is: a possession receiver. He doesn't get many yards after the catch, but he gets open and usually comes down with the ball. You don't need to hit a home run on every pass - and don't need a home-run hitter running every route. He brings some much-needed value to this team. Selfless worker. He can be a physical blocker on the edge. The freshmen will get their chances, but Brown will contribute as long as he's healthy.
His chances at tailback will probably be few and far between as long as Crockett, Rountree and Badie are healthy. But that doesn't mean he won't contribute. They like Downing as the short-yardage blocking back because of how tough and physical he plays. It's essentially the same role they had for Augusta in Heupel's short-yardage package.
I didn't think the edges got the kind of pressure they'll need to generate the rest of the season, but I didn't seen much creativity in terms of stunts and twists. The game plan was intentionally vanilla. Next to no blitzing from the backers and secondary, so the front four had to create all the pressure. That will change in other games. Elliott showed up. He won his share of matchups inside. I'm not sold on the D-ends, but they've got plenty of time to make a stronger first impression.
Odom said it was the corner's fault, not Bolton. Bolton was the linebacker on that side of the field where the back got loose, but that doesn't mean it was his fault necessarily. The corner on that side of the field went with the tight end off the snap. Maybe Bolton was supposed to cover the tight end and the corner had zone coverage in the flat. Not sure. If the play had any impact of the game I would have asked for more of an explanation ... but 51-14.
I don't know enough about his situation to have an answer. He's been through multiple leg/knee injuries. That's not a team that can overcome serious injuries.
I thought it was a concern going into the season, and Saturday's game didn't change anything. Again, no blitzing, minimal games up front with the linemen. I wouldn't give up on the line by any means, but the edge rush was one of the real unknowns going into the season.
South Carolina has its best team in years. But Georgia is absolutely loaded. Kirby truly is building Bama East in Athens. There's just a wealth of NFL talent on that roster right now. Some of it is inexperienced but that might not matter. I'll post my picks on the site tomorrow, but I'm leaning toward a Georgia cover.
Huh? The game is still Saturday last I checked.
He'll be in the mix at quarterback next year. I don't think he's a running back at this level. Maybe he could help as a possession receiver, but they've recruited other athletes better suited for that role.
It's got the potential to be a great frontcourt - if Tilmon can learn how to play without fouling and Porter is more physical and can play inside. He was a strong rebounder last year, but most of his points came away from the basket. If he develops an inside game and gets stronger around the rim, it'll be one of the best 1-2 inside tandems in the country.
I thought he played solid. He's highly motivated to put last year behind him and be a consistent playmaker for this defense. He's got the tools.
I thought we learned a lot about this offense in the Tennessee-Martin game. I'm not sure what some were expecting, but the tight end position(s), the tempo, the personnel changes were all subtle shifts from the past.
Missouri has played in plenty of downpours. It's lightning that causes games to be suspended. At last check there's an 80-percent chance of rain on Saturday. No telling if that will come before or during the game. As of now, no plans to move the game or reschedule anything.
Waiting out the Big Ten wasn't a viable option at the time. Easy to play Monday morning QB seven years later, but the Big Ten wasn't happening.