SEC bowl refresher: After the playoff bowls, the Citrus gets first choice of SEC teams. Right now, that looks like a spot for Auburn or Mississippi State. From there, the SEC has six bowls where the league office determines who plays in each one. There is no pecking order among these six. The league decides who plays where based on location, matchups, potential ticket sales, etc: Belk, Texas, Outback, TaxSlayer, Music City, Liberty. Under consideration for those six will be LSU, South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas A&M and whoever else gets eligible. After those six, the Birmingham Bowl picks an SEC team, followed by the Independence. Mizzou can finish 7-5 and still slip to the bottom two with a 6-6 team going to one of the six. So, really, they could land in any one of those final eight bowls. The Birmingham Bowl is a noon kickoff on Dec. 23, the same day as the Braggin' Rights game. I'm sure Sterk will lobby the league/bowl to avoid that game for MU.
Thank you. Yes, we talk/text just about every day. His health is doing well. Currently in remission. He goes to the Mayo Clinc for checkups every six months and last went in late September. We will be at the campus book store Saturday from 4-5:30 signing copies of the book before the game.
Hard to say. He might be be satisfied with being a third or fourth round pick because of the injuries he's already been through. He also really likes his teammates and coaches, so I don't think he's necessarily in a big rush to leave.
Godo question. I suspect it comes down to geography. Pac 12 bowls are generally in the west and southwest. SEC bowls are generally in the southeast.
Barry is at his alma mater. If he has sustained success I don't see him wanting to leave, unless he believes a blueblood program gives him a better chance to compete for national prominence. (He's a long way toward reaching sustained success here, by the way.) As for Martin, he's moved around a lot, but I don't suspect he's someone who wants to coach late into life. I wouldn't be surprised if this is his last job if he's happy here and has success.
Well, Florida has made two bad hires in a row and it looks like Tennessee has made three bad hires in a row, so I wouldn't assume they'll make great hires this time around. I think a lot of ADs would love to have a coach who's capable of taking a team from 4-8 to 7-5, much less 1-5 to 6-0, potentially 7-0. I understand it hasn't happened yet, but certainly trending that direction.
Logan deserves a lot of credit. He doesn't care about sacks. He embraces his role as nose tackle. He's got the strength and size to play that role well. I'm not sure Utsey was a great fit there - but he's still young and developing. Getting more playing time for Williams has been key, too. But he had to earn it. He admits he was a complete goof in practice and wasn't earning playing time the first four weeks of the season.
Generally, yes. Heupel said as much in February. Some years there's more urgency than others, but with quarterbacks transferring so often it's almost always a good idea to get one a year.
Yes, but the schedule is much tougher next year. Trade in road game at UConn for a road game at Purdue. Trade in home game against Purdue for home game against Memphis. Trade home game vs. Idaho for home game vs. a much better Wyoming program. All three of those noncon games are more challenging. SEC road games at Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Alabama. Mizzou will have be really good to push for the SEC East next year.
I can think of three or four colleagues who are much better suited to answer that question. I say go for it. There shouldn't be any untouchables on this roster.
I've yet to watch a college or pro game where the quarterback doesn't make one bad decision. NFL teams don't care about W-L record when looking at quarterbacks. If they did Chase Daniel would have been drafted and Blaine Gabbert wouldn't have been the No. 10 overall pick. Look at the Chiefs' first-round pick this year. Mahomes had a losing record at Texas Tech last season but he put up monster numbers with his monster arm.
I don't know about that one. It's still November ...
I don't think Mizzou is out of the running for Cam Taylor, the quarterback projected as a college safety.
He expected it to happen back in the spring. They might have already worked out a deal and it just hasn't been finalized yet.
To my knowledge, Alabama decided he's ineligible while looking into his situation. The NCAA hasn't ruled on anything.
Sean Miller? I haven't read anything to indicate he's in trouble. But this thing is far from over.
He keeps a distance from the program - and did under Anderson as well. He's talked to Cuonzo. He likes Norm a lot. Norm keeps busy with his charity and all his other adventures.
I think so. Missouri playing much better on both sides of the ball. Purdue hasn't done much offensively other than scoring 29 points against Illinois - and that doesn't count. Illinois is in the running for worst team in the Power 5.