A few more Mizzou-Oklahoma links...
- SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Michigan State, Missouri could be 2010 BCS championship wildcards
- Post-Dispatch: After uncertain summer, Mizzou standing tall in Big 12
- Post-Dispatch: Aldon Smith is tired but happy after victorious return
- Post-Dispatch: Rams, Mizzou soar in television ratings
- Daily Oklahoman: OU coach Bob Stoops: Late-game woes key to final 5 games
Daily Oklahoman: Bob Stoops asked about other unusual decisions
Why down nine [did he elect] to punt with almost two-and-a-half minutes to play and no timeouts remaining?
"You know what, in the end we weren't scoring twice with two minutes to go on our own 4-yard line," Stoops said.
"I just thought it was futile."
Stoops admitted keeping the score reasonable played into the decision, hoping that a nine-point loss might look better to pollsters than a 16-point loss.
With possession at the OU 4, the Tigers would have had an easy chance of punching the ball in the end zone.
"It's a long year. Who knows how poll people look at scores?" Stoops explained. "Had we had a reasonable amount, some kind of field position, had we shown any signs the previous three plays of making a play, we would have (gone for it). But I didn't see that.
"And I'm coming off three-and-out, interception, three-and-out, some of the prior possessions."
- The Missourian: Focus helped Missouri offensive line get tough against Oklahoma
- The Missourian: Following the goal post to Harpo's
- SB Nation Kansas City: Oklahoma vs. Mizzou: Blaine Gabbert Was The Best Player On The Field
- KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou spoils Trey Millard's Missouri homecoming
- The Sporting News: After tackling Oklahoma, Missouri is the new Big 12 favorite
...and then Mizzou-Nebraska links!
- The Trib: Tigers streak into Lincoln
- The Trib: Tigers on the rise
- The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers Meet the Press
- KC Star: Missouri goes from victory over OU to tough game at Nebraska
- Post-Dispatch: Pinkel has remedy for moving on
Post-Dispatch (Bryan Burwell): MU players know party time is over
"My wife said a few years ago, bless her heart, 'I need to get you a new bed so you can sleep better,'" Pinkel said. "I told her when I quit coaching I'll sleep better."
He was laughing when he said this, but he wasn't joking.
And here's the good news. All his worrying and motivating seems to be working. As several of his players began arriving at the training complex Monday afternoon, they, too, had already moved past Oklahoma.
"My celebration was over on Saturday night," said defensive end Aldon Smith. "There is a lot of football to go. It's time to step up a little bit more. A lot of teams get overconfident. They figure they beat a couple of teams and that's good enough. But we're still hungry. We still have a long way to go."
These Tigers know what is at stake.
- Post-Dispatch: Blaine Gabbert has MIssouri rolling
- PowerMizzou: Like father, unlike son: Game of the year
PowerMizzou: Audio: Pinkel's Monday Update
PowerMizzou: PMTV: Mizzou Media Day
- Omaha World-Herald: Tigers' Pinkel doesn't want any fat cats
- Omaha World-Herald: Another defensive challenge
- Omaha World-Herald: Line gives Martinez time
And looking even further ahead...
The Trib (Dave Matter): MU-Texas Tech gets 7pm kickoff on ABC
Big 12 Links
- The Missourian: Big 12 offenses putting up higher numbers, more points
Tulsa World: Baylor in control of the South
Omaha World Herald (Lee Barfknecht): Bears are now worth talking about
Dallas Morning News: Now that it's bowl eligible, Baylor wants more
Dallas Morning News: Texas didn't think Robert Griffin was quarterback worthy
Denver Post: Hawkins getting short
Lawrence Journal-World: ISU seeks consistency
Rock Chalk Talk: A (semi) Statistical Review of Texas A&M
Bring On the Cats: Postgame Reaction: Baylor
Daily Oklahoman: OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy calls KSU's Bill Snyder 'A class act for college football'
Burnt Orange Nation: It's 2007 All Over Again
Austin American-Statesman (Kirk Bohls): Longhorns saying the right things, but do they really believe them?
Denver Post: Brown still upset over Iowa State loss
Dallas Morning News: Longhorns lacking leadership, passion
Houston Chronicle: Silver lining missing for UT following loss to Iowa State
Double-T Nation: Five Questions | Gearing Up for the Texas A&M Aggies
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Hoops Has a New P.A. Announcer
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Fall World Series to Start Wednesday
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Faces Kansas Wednesday
Cowboy Altitude: University of Houston President mentions more realignment occurring (submitted without comment)