That's true most games ... but Mizzou has to cover and tackle in space. Has to hold UGA to some field goals. Both of these O-lines are pretty good. Lock is going to face some pressure. He's got to make some throws when he's being rushed. His receivers are going to have to make some contested catches. Runners have to break some tackles. Line play will determine a lot but not everything.
The underdog has to take some chances. The underdog can't beat itself with penalties or turnovers. The underdog has to force the favorite into uncharacteristic mistakes. The favorite's QB has to have an off day. Turnovers are huge. Non-offensive touchdowns are huge. Trick plays are huge.
I don't think he fell out of favor. Blanton plays a lot. He was more involved in the pass game last week. Albert is just a superior athlete. I'd take that tandem over any in the country. There's no shame in being the second guy to Albert. And through three games Blanton has already had a more productive senior season than he did last year. Blanton is one of my favorite players to watch. I'm not sure fans watching on TV can get a sense for just how big of a human being he is. He's every bit of 270 pounds. And still runs and jumps like a wide receiver.
I've been saying that for a few months. He's huge. Too big? Maybe. There's just not much wiggle to his game. For being as big as he is, we haven't really seen him break tackles or get past the point of attack. More than anything though, I think it's vision. Rountree is a great cut-back runner. We haven't seen Crockett make those same moves.
I like Cafe Berlin but it gets crowded.
So far, so good. He's attacking all areas of the field. They use the tight ends a lot. Downhill running attack. The pistol formations, especially with two tight ends, get the north-south lanes they want.
They both play Tennessee and Auburn, too.
MU looks at 2s and 3s as the same. They're wing players. Interchangeable for the most part. I don't see Tilmon leaving after his sophomore year. Guys his size have to be develop a reliable jumper to be coveted by the NBA. He's not there yet. You don't see a lot of true centers in today's game, so I wouldn't be all that worried about post-Tilmon/Jontay. Small ball works in today's game.
Jalen Knox, though he might have already broken out.
Yes, all season they've taken Oliver off the field on third downs and replaced him with Bledsoe (week 1, 3) or Perkins (week 2). He's more of a downhill safety. He can come up in the box and make a hit but maybe not as suited to defend the deep zones or help on pass coverage on the outside.
I don't think it's that unique. A lot of them are in classes together. They all eat in the same dining facility. In general, the athletic department encourages the athletes to support their peers in other sports.
Not as hungry? I didn't get that sense at all. For all the talk about Purdue needing to play more focused, they couldn't stop drawing penalties. Mizzou was more poised down the stretch.
He's done. He wants to get on with his teaching career. I know he's not thrilled to hang up his hightops, but he knows it's time to move on. This was a severe knee injury.
The current staff emphasizes turnovers all the time. Maybe the old staff was better at teaching the fundamentals to strip the ball. Missouri doesn't force many fumbles.
Appreciate the offer, but my kids have an early soccer game, so I'll be hustling to make kickoff.
It worked because Purdue has a lousy defense. I don't think you'll see that every week against more competent defenses. But a lot of times it comes down to field position and risk-reward.
Georgia goes with a freshman, Jake Camarda. He's averaging 47 yards a punt but hasn't punted much.
OK, folks. I've run out of time. Ben Frederickson and I are recording our podcast next. Should be online soon.