Huge chemistry experiment. Their two best players could very well be the two freshmen, Blackwell and Frank. Can Amber Smith be an All-SEC caliber player? Do they have enough size to compete? Who's the point guard. It seems unlikely they'll get any of the transfers eligible this year, which means 2020-21 is really the year to watch the program compete in the SEC.
I actually think most takes by now are mostly reasonable. Of course, the first time Mizzou punts or gives up a first down on Saturday fans will want the entire staff fired.
Martin was high on Braun late last season, but I'd be surprised if he gets looks ahead of Brown and Jackson for playing time at the four. Could he bring some value to this team? Probably, but I'm not sure how much at this point.
I still contend that the Bryant fumble never happens if Albert O doesn't at least attempt to block his man. He got his hands on the safety but never really tried to block him. Instead, the safety got a textbook form tackle on Bryant and knocked the ball out. Ideally you have Parker on the field for that play to block, but it was out of an empty backfield where you have to give the impression that you're going to throw the ball. If Parker's out there instead of Albert, it's a tell that the Tigers are going to run Bryant, which they did. Rountree was losing his handle on the ball before the defender got there. Ball security needs to be a big focus this week. Albert got away with what could have been ruled a fumble. Johnson let one go too that he was lucky to recover.
Well, that still happened. It's like saying the only reason Virginia won the national championship in basketball was they got some lucky breaks against Auburn in the Final Four. Well, sure. It happened that way, but that doesn't erase that IT HAPPENED. Also, if MU loses at Florida but still goes 7-5 and gets to a bowl game, Odom is keeping his job, regardless what happens in the bowl, and I don't think his seat considered all that hotter.
I thought Bryant would have been better off dumping it off to Badie and hoping he gets past the marker ... or down the seam to Albert, who had a defender behind him when the ball was in the air, but he was more open than Johnson, who had a defender in front and behind. (The guy behind Albert could have made a late charge on the ball and picked it off or knocked it down, but no more so than the two defenders on Johnson.) Again, with the luxury of hindsight, an easy decision to second guess. We also don't know what Bryant's line of vision was on the play. He might not have been able to see Albert as well. The quarterback is always going to be under scrutiny when the game-winning possession ends without points, but it feels a bit like nitpicking when he was just about the only reason Mizzou was still hanging around by the fourth quarter.
OK, folks, there's more work to be done. We'll do this again next Thursday.