If the ban is upheld Mizzou can't play in the SEC championship game. It's a postseason ban - not just a bowl ban. Postseason ban includes the SEC championship game.
I don't think this offense has a No. 1 receiver - and that can be a good thing. First of all, he's had two bad drops. Balls any receiver has to catch, especially an All-American. He's got to play better. Also, as a tight end he's got to stay home and block on some plays that require more pass protection. Through two games, Johnson has been targeted the most (14), followed by Badie (12), Knox (10), Nance (9) and Okwuegbunam (8). The staff said after the Wyoming game that they didn't expect Albert to get as many snaps as they did, so he wasn't a major part of the game plan going into the game. He surprised them with how he held up physically. He'll get his touches. Don't forget, he's barely practiced with Bryant. He sat out almost the entire spring, especially the live scrimmage situations, and then missed a good chunk of preseason camp.
Tre Williams started over Hansford against West Virginia, but both played a lot during the game. Hansford is still listed as the starter on the depth chart, but Odom rarely changes the depth that's given to the media. There were no other changes on the depth chart that we got on Tuesday.
Again, Powell three three passes on the three drives he played. If you can't get a first down to stay on the field, how are you supposed to throw more?
It's fair to have concerns about the defense ... but I don't think this is the week to be worried.
As I wrote Monday, MU reported gross sales of $157,000. That's pretty good for the first time the beer flowed. Plus it's a morning game that was 10,000 short of capacity.
Somewhat, but you also have to give credit to Mizzou for playing a strong game on both sides of the ball. I never expected MU to lose to WVU heading into the season. Neal Brown really has to improve the talent and depth on that team, which I think he will over time. When the MU defense is controlling the trenches and flying around knocking down passes, getting picks and putting the other team in third-and-longs, this can be a very good defense against most if not every opponent on the schedule. But it would be naive to fall into the trap to expect the same result from this team - or just about any team outside of Tuscaloosa and Clemson - week after week after week.
Jalen Knox is the only outside receiver with more targets than Nance - and just one more. So, again, this passing game is going to be fairly balanced with Bryant at QB. He'll throw to the running backs more than any QB Missouri has had in some time. The tight ends are going to be involved. The slot receivers - Johnson, Banister, Gicinto (when healthy) - can all be productive. They're going to play three outside receivers, four if Massey ever gets significant snaps. Not everyone can get 10 targets a game. Also keep in mind, the offense worked on a short field most of the game Saturday because of what the defense was doing. There weren't as many chances to throw the ball - also because the running game was really effective.
As of Tuesday Odom didn't expect him back for this game.
There's always a chance. But Georgia is loaded across the board. It's the kind of game Mizzou will have zero margin for error. If you look at each team's starting 22, how many players from Missouri would you take over his UGA counterpart? Okwuegbunam and maybe one offensive lineman on offense. On defense, Garrett and Elliott could start for UGA. I'm not sure anyone else would. Maybe Acy - but UGA's secondary is stacked. Just based on talent alone and the game's location, any objective prediction is going to make Missouri a long shot to win that game.
I don't know the breakdown. This is not going to be a major revenue stream for athletics. A portion goes back to the university for alcohol awareness measures. Some of the revenue will go toward metal detectors that the SEC is requiring teams to install for 2020. Even if Mizzou makes a $1 million a year in alcohol sales, that's still less than 1 percent of the athletics department's annual budget.
Still a very small sample size, but he hasn't produced as well as Justin Fields at Ohio State or Jalen Hurts at Alabama. Bryant threw for a lot of yards at Wyoming, but that was out of necessity in large part because of his two turnovers. He's been good and in some situations very good. I wouldn't put him in the class of Hurts or Fields.
They haven't said anything since the WVU game. The exchange on Saturday might have been a miscommunication or bad feed from Bryant. Odom was very pleased with Rountree's play on Saturday.
If Missouri were to finish with the best record in the East and the ban is upheld, the second-place team would represent the East in the championship game. The SEC championship game is a colossal money-maker for the league. They wouldn't just abandon the game because one team is ineligible.
The pass protection has to hold up better. There's no doubt about that. I don't think you try to change Bryant's style. Getting out of trouble like that is a skill that's rare and hard to teach. As long as he's making good decisions with the ball on the run - which he did for the most part against WVU - then you can live with some of those helter-skelter plays. The receivers have structured rules on where they go on a scramble drill play and Bryant did a good job of keeping his eyes downfield to keep the play alive beyond just a scramble.
Yeah, but everyone would have answered "somewhere in between" because that's the easy way out. It's much more interesting with just two options.