Still working on a national wrap-up post, but that will probably come tomorrow when the last two national games of the week (Cincy-Rutgers, FSU-Miami). So for now, you get more Mizzou links (and some Big 12 ones as well).
Dave Matter: Emptying the Notebook
Now that we’ve seen what the ’09 Tigers are capable of, is it fair to reasonably expect double-digit wins? Are the Tigers suddenly North Division favorites? Unless Saturday was a mirage — and I don’t think it was — is it fair to say the Tigers could win every remaining game against teams not named Texas?
Yes or no, Gary Pinkel cautioned against any broad conclusions following one game, albeit one very impressive game against a better opponent than all but two Big 12 peers played.
"I would not judge" the program "after this game," he said. "It’s the next step. The bigger game now is next week, because we lost the edge a little bit. I told them in the locker room this is going to be the toughest Tuesday-Wednesday practices they’ve ever seen. And their body language wasn’t really good when I said that. But that’s OK. When you’re winning, you can do anything to them."
(Unlike, I suppose, at Michigan.)
- Campus Corner (KC Star): Concerning Gabbert, Restraint Be, uh, Darned
- Mizzourah: Week 1 Morning After - Illanoy
- SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Blaine Gabbert, Matt Barkley, Greg Paulus Impress in debuts
- Post-Dispatch: Trip is costly for Illini
- PRnewswire.com: Jimmy Clausen, Blaine Gabbert, Rahim Moore and Joe Pawelek Announced as Week One Nominees for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award
From Gary Pinkel on Twitter:
Tiger Fans- We MUST have 70,000 in Gold in THE ZOU this weekend for the opener! MUST! GO TIGERS!
YOU HEARD THE MAN!! MUST!!!!!!!
And from Palestra.net...
A look ahead!
Post-Dispatch: Pinkel cautious about Tigers' early success
[A]t first blush, anyway, Tigers defenders seem revitalized under first-year defensive coordinator Dave Steckel.
They generated more pressure, including three sacks, with fewer men rushing. They forced two turnovers and minimized big plays, with Illinois' longest rush for 15 yards and longest pass for 24.
And even on the 24-yard pass, to Jarred Fayson, MU defensive back Jasper Simmons was glued to Fayson.
Last season, Williams threw for 451 yards. This season: 179.
- PowerMizzou: Like Father, Unlike Son: Revised Expectations?
Big 12 Links!
- BYU > OU
Crimson and Cream Machine: An Attempt to Properly Summarize the Debacle in Arlington
- Nebraska > Florida Atlantic
Corn Nation: Husker Report Card: Florida Atlantic
Husker Extra: QB Lee solid in first start
Omaha World-Herald: Huskers look good in opener, and it appears they'll need to be
On a wild first Saturday of college football, Nebraska's 2009 schedule came into focus. It's tougher today than it was yesterday.
Missouri looks better than advertised. The Tigers whipped up on Illinois 37-9, and made it look easy. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert looked like a poised veteran, not a shaky sophomore making his first start. The story of the game might have been MU's defense. The Big 12 North hopes the easy explanation is that Illinois just stinks.
Baylor is as good as advertised. The Bears took a gutsy win in the middle of ACC country, outlasting Wake Forest 24-21. Quarterback Robert Griffin is already a "bear'' to deal with.
- Kansas > Northern Colorado
LJWorld.com: Reesing's four combined TDs lead KU to 49-3 rout over Northern Colorado
Topeka Capital-Journal: KU notepad, grade card
- K-State > UMass
Bring on the Cats: Postgame Reaction: K-State vs Massachusetts
Campus Corner (KC Star): Postgame: K-State 21, UMass 17
- Oklahoma State > Georgia
SI.com (Andy Staples): Oklahoma State uses SEC-style defense to stifle Georgia
- Texas > UL-Monroe
Burnt Orange Nation: Post-Game React: Texas 59 Louisiana-Monroe 20
- Baylor > Wake Forest
Waco Tribune: Baylor football savors 24-21 win over Wake Forest in opener
Waco Tribune: Baylor's nimble giant Phil Taylor shows his versatility
ESPN.com: Mistakes prove costly for Wake Forest
- Oklahoma State > Georgia
Tulsa World: OSU tempers victory party, regains its focus
Daily Oklahoman: OSU's Dez Bryant comes through...eventually
- Texas Tech > North Dakota
Double-T Nation: Drive Chart :: North Dakota 13, Texas Tech 38
- Texas A&M > New Mexico
Dallas Morning News: Aggies have no trouble with New Mexico, 41-6
- Colorado State > Colorado
Ralphie Report: Steve Fairchild Was Right, The Colorado Buffaloes Look Silly
I believed that a change in the offense would bring the smash mouth back to Colorado football but realized after a sweep wide on 4th and one that no offensive scheme can teach will, toughness and desire to get something accomplished but rather something that you have inside. Too many times we have seen lackadaisical performances, little energy and no response to sudden change during a game.
Shame on me, shame on me.
I never thought I would feel this stupid after a football game.
NY Times: NFL Teams Unleash Offense, With a Nod to the College Game