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They key is whether or not James Franklin coming off shoulder injury is a better qb than a healthy Mauk. This makes me think the coaching staff has their doubts... albeit it could just be gamesmanship. Considering how JF looked last year coming off injury, I am also concerned and at least hope they have Mauk fully prepared to step in if needed.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on By Continuing To Play Mauk, Missouri’s Pinkel Playing With Fire
A healthy James Franklin is definitely better at this point in his career (senior) than is Mauk (rs freshman)... I just hope that Franklin is truly 100% physically AND mentally. He was just so bad last season after coming off a shoulder injury... and I am not sure if Mauk will be as successful if he has to replace an under-performing Franklin mid-game. After all, Franklin will likely be getting the lion's share of the 1st team snaps in practice (which he needs after the long lay-off).
As someone who is both a Tigers fan and a Chiefs fan... I am getting bad flashbacks of the Rich Gannon/Elvis Grbac fiasco from the mid 90's...
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Missouri’s Pinkel Making The Right Call With QB Switch
I just hope the shoulder injury doesn't mess James Franklin up mentally like it seemed to do last year. Mauk has done a great job and has shown a ton of potential... but at this point in their careers (senior vs. rs frosh), there is no doubt in my mind that a healthy James Franklin is a much better qb overall than what Mauk currently is. Mauk has a ton of raw talent, but James is a much more polished qb and decision maker.
Kentucky would be a great opportunity to see if James is truly ready to go... but on the flip side... I don't think Missouri can take anybody lightly, especially in this league.
1 month ago on Mizzou’s Pinkel On QB Mauk’s Performance: “We Kind Of Scared Him A Little Bit”
I don't think you can create a FAIR system with 14 teams. As john has said, the only "fair" system would be for every team to play every other team both home and away ever year... which obviously cannot happen.
I know I don't like the current system in which we play a "non-rival" west team once every 6 years... and only visit them once every 12 years. It isn't ideal to have a couple of schools with permanent rivals why most don't have them... but at least it protects the "integrity" of the league while also allowing other schools to play each other more often. Personally, I think you should throw out the protected rivalries... BUT... as a newb fan to the league, it is not my place to say what those yearly games mean to those fan bases.
1 month, 1 week ago on Alabama’s Blowout Win Over Tennessee Won’t Help “Permanent Rival” Cause
IMHO, it has a lot to do with so much NFL draft talent leaving the SEC early, especially on the defensive side of the ball.... at some point there just isn't enough/the same level of new talent coming in to match the talent that has been lost... I think the league is kind of in a "reloading" period right now.
Even though Missouri hasn't faced the same level of offense that they did last year... I am impressed that our defense actually seems better at this point. I really thought losing Sheldon Richardson was going to cause us to take a big step back.
1 month, 1 week ago on SEC Stats: The League’s Defenses Much Worse Than Last Year
As for the East race. USC is definitely sitting pretty. I'm extremely high on this years Missouri team... but it is hard for me to see them being perfect in their last 4 games... especially with A&M sitting on the schedule. I also have a hard time seeing USC losing to Miss St or UF.
1 month, 1 week ago on SEC East Race A Muddled Mess After Carolina Nips Mizzou; Tiger Fans Make Fools Of Themselves
Who cares what some stupid people tweeted?? Every sports team has their share of knuckleheads w/in their respective fan bases. I'm not sure how people thinking beating up Baggett on twitter is going to help him make his next kick... but whatever. People are dumb and twitter is 90% negative crap anyway. I really don't see why this is a story.
Personally, the missed kick was only 1 of many critical mistakes that lead to a Mizzou defeat. Baggett didn't throw any in-completions or drop any passes which stopped the clock and gave USC more time to come back... Baggett didn't get picked apart by Shaw in the 4th quarter. Baggett didn't miss tackles over and over again on screen passes... Baggett didn't blow coverage on a 4th and goal from the 15 when the game was on the line...
I personally do not like the permanent cross-division rival setup they currently have. IMHO, a nice middle ground would be to keep the handful of historic rivalries, and eliminate the rest of them and let those teams rotate cross-division games each year.
The curse lives on. It isn't that we lost to USC because they are a damn good team... but that Mizzou has a 17 point leading going into the 4th and seemed to just sit back and let Connor Shaw pick them apart... and then in over-time, they had a chance to win it when USC had a 4th and goal from like the 15... yet they left a guy wide open in the endzone for the tying TD... and then a missed, virtually extra point length, field goal at the end...
Oh well, if at the beginning of the season you told me that Mizzou would go 2 of 3 with UGA, UF, and USC... then I'd be like "sign me up". There is still a lot of great football left this year and I'm hoping we can earn a few more w's...
1 month, 1 week ago on South Carolina Rallies To Beat Missouri In Overtime
@John at MrSEC Chill dude. I am still back here posting after the 2012 season we had. If Missouri makes it to Atlanta at 10-2 or even 9-3.... then I will dance a jig.
I will say that for our program, this year is more the "norm" than the "exception". 2012 was awful, but IMHO, Gary Pinkel is the one of the best coaches in the SEC if not the nation. I mean, how many top 25 or even top 10 teams can you produce out of 2 and 3 * recruits before people admit that you can coach your arse off. Last year when Missouri had an injured starting qb and 4/5 starting o-linemen injured... all we heard was that It wasn't an excuse because real sec teams have "depth".. but this year it is that we are only winning because sec teams have injuries... forget that our best offensive player and defensive player are out with injury.... or that Florida had more 4* talent on the bench than Missouri had on their entire roster.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on SEC Game Previews – 10/25/13
@John at MrSEC We don't care about the beating the spread... we aren't Kansas... My bad on Vandy. I must have been thinking about somebody else's pick on that one...
@bivouac77 I clicked on here hoping that he would pick against Missouri for the 4th time in a row... It seems like "mr sec" picking against Mizzou is good luck for the Tigers.
Seriously though, I think they have their hands full tomorrow with USC and expect an amazing game that could go either way. Far better than that UCLA vs. Oregon stinker gameday decided to go to instead.
I think it is safe to say that HC Gary Pinkel's hot seat has now completely cooled.
In any event, no matter where they end up record wise when all is said and done.... I really like this Tiger's team. They have a ton of fight in them. Unlike many past teams, even really good ones, whom would pretty much fold under the pressure when they had to deal with adversity, this team just keeps fighting.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Underdog SEC Saturday: Vanderbilt Rallies To Beat Georgia, Mizzou Dominates Florida
I will be curious to see how many of those top level recruits UK will be able to hold onto if they keep losing.
3 months ago on SEC Commitment Comparator – 9/5/13
As a Missouri fan, I am very happy to see the switch in cross division rivalry. I almost wish it was at Fayetteville though as that would be a close SEC road game for me to go to.
In any event, we had more than 100 years to develop hatred for the Beakers... so I don't think anything will replace that level of rivalry... but I think Arky/Mizzou could become a nice rivalry several years from now. It definitley makes a LOT more sense then Arky/USCe or MU/A&M...
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Missouri Vs Arkansas 2014: A Friday Or Saturday Affair?
I'm mad about the EA Sports thing. As an avid purchaser/player of the game franchise, I was looking forward to next year when they would likely have a playoff built into it. Now it is going to feel un-realistic w/out the major conferences being referenced by name/logo/etc.
What I don't understand is how they can go after the video game for using their "likeness"... when the schools, conferences, tv networks, ncaa, etc all profit HUGELY off the actual athletes via tv revenue, ticket sales, etc... while not paying them. I mean, the video game doesn't even use their actual names... but only their numbers, skin color, and a rough approximation of their skill level.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Headlines 8/15/2013
I kind of agree.
Texas has 5 BCS level programs in state... not to mention CFB powerhouse Oklahoma nearby... and the state pretty much feeds the entire Big 12 conference.
If you consider that, then I think LSU might be the most priviledged univesity when it comes to in-state talent... and Arkansas and Missouri might not be as FAR behind as the numbers would lead you to believe since they both only have a single major football program w/in their borders.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The SEC’s Best Football Programs Part 1: Recruiting Base
I am 100% in favor of college athletes getting an additional stipend to help cover the full cost of college life... but this case proves that it won't stop any of them from breaking rules to get more $$. Johnny Football, whom at this point I think is just a spoiled brat... was more than willing to selfishly risk screwing up the season for his teammates and fans, and to jeapordize his own career... just to make a quick $7500.
If he had come from poverty and was trying to get the $$ to help his family.. then I could understand and would be rooting for leniancy. However, I'm sure Johnny Football's mommy or daddy would have happily given him the $7500 if he had just asked.
4 months ago on Johnny Manziel Family Hires Lawyer; Attorney Has NCAA Experience
Getting rid of Pinkel would be the worst idea ever for Missouri. I think many fans forget just how terrible the Missouri program was prior to his arrival. We basically went from almost "Kansas Bad" to becoming a national title contender for at least a year or 2. Sure last year was AWFUL, but when your entire offense relies on great qb play... and your star qb is injured for the entire season... and to make matters worse your OL is also destroyed by injury... then it is hard to have a very good season. It was really a perfect storm of bad luck... and imho... if they would have had just a few less injuries, then I think they beat Vandy and Cuse, finish with 7 wins, make a bowl game, and everybody calls it a pretty decent debut in the SEC.
Personally, I would have him above Sumlin. Kevin had a great year... but he also came into a TON of talent, the best recruiting grounds in the country, and caught lightening in a bottle with Johnny Football. I think the 2012 Aggies were better than ANY Mizzou team Pinkel has had, even the '07 squad... but Pinkel had all of that success with mostly 2 and 3 star talent, so I give him a slight nod (for now).
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Ranking The SEC’s Coaches From Saban To Stoops
Kansas should be a LOT better than Mizzou this year. I'm surprised the Chickenhawks are still scared to play us. Same with the Shorthorns and A&M.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC, Big XII To Officially Tip Off Hoops Challenge In November