LINCOLN NE - OCTOBER 30: Missouri Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11takes a moment after taking a hit from Courtney Osborne #12 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30 2010 in Lincoln Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
First things first: You'll be getting up early for Senior Day at Ol' Mizzou: Mizzou-KSU got the 11:30am FSN slot.
Moving on to Texas Tech
MUtigers.com: Monday Media Day Quotes
The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers Meet the Press
PowerMizzou: Monday Morning Audio
PowerMizzou: PMTV: Mizzou Media Day
KBIA Sports Extra: Live tweets in review: Gary Pinkel's Nov. 1 news conference
- KBIA Sports Extra: Pinkel addresses 'bumps and bruises' and how personalities play a role in diagnosing injuries
Gabbert Got His Clock Cleaned
KC Star (Campus Corner): Pinkel says Gabbert "doing really well" after high hit
The Trib: Legality of hit questioned
The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel wants Big 12 to review hit on QB
MUtigers.com: OFFICIAL RELEASE
While the Missouri Tigers will face a tough road test this week at Texas Tech, Mizzou has shown an ability to find success on the road in recent years.
As Head Coach Gary Pinkel's program has taken roots over the last several years, his team has learned how to win on the road. Mizzou has earned three road wins each year in the previous three seasons, and after splitting so far on the road at Texas A&M and at Nebraska, Pinkel's teams have an overall record of 10-4 in road games since 2007.
In fact, all four losses during that string came to the hands of ranked teams (No. 6 Oklahoma in 2007, No. 4 Texas in 2008, No. 16 Oklahoma State in 2009 and No. 12 Nebraska in 2010).
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- The Missourian: Missouri prepares for Texas Tech
- Post-Dispatch: Blaine Gabbert bounces back
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou will re-evaluate offense in red zone
The Nebraska game wasn't the first time Mizzou has struggled in close. The weekend before, Mizzou had to settle for field goals after having first downs at the OU 10, 17 and 1. (Mizzou scored touchdowns on three other trips into the red zone.) The week before that, against Texas A&M, Mizzou had second and goal at the 1 at the end of the first half but got only a field goal out of it.
"Definitely things are more condensed," Gabbert said. "But we've got to find ways to get into the end zone. That's inexcusable not to be able to score a touchdown when we're down there."
Mizzou is tied for 17th nationally in red-zone effectiveness, but the NCAA determines that by the percentage of times a team gets any points, either field goal or touchdown, from inside the 20. Mizzou has scored on 32 of 36 trips inside the red zone, but on 12 of those, they've had to settle for a field goal. Only San Diego State, Texas, Baylor and Boston College have kicked more field goals on red-zone possessions than Mizzou.
"We've been doing the spread for a long time and overall we've been pretty good at it," Pinkel said. "If you're not getting the ball in the end zone, you're not getting it in. You've got to re-evaluate and look at what you're doing. We've got a third of the season left; we've got to find out what we can do to get it in."
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Tech QB Controversy?
Dallas Morning News: Texas Tech could be evaluating quarterback position this week
Dallas Morning News: QB controversy in Lubbock? Tuberville hopes to decide soon
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Potts, Sheffield to compete for starting QB role against Missouri
KC Star: These are not happy times for Texas Tech and Tuberville
Big 12 Links
Dallas Morning News: Baylor still not getting respect despite beating Texas and being 7-2
Dallas Morning News: Robert Griffin: 'A lot of people want to talk about teams of destiny. I think this is one of them.'
Topeka Capital-Journal: BU bidding for South crown
Rock Chalk Talk: A (semi) Statistical Review of Iowa State
Denver Post: KU may not name QB until late week
Topeka Capital-Journal: Bowl bid-ness
Omaha World-Herald: Taylor Martinez 'improving' after ankle sprain
Cripes! Get back to fundamentals...: Bo Pelini: Spinner Update
Daily Oklahoman: Film study: Sooners blitzed heavily in win over Colorado
Daily Oklahoman: OU's Adrian Taylor gets best compliment of all
Daily Oklahoman: Red zone offense key in Oklahoma State's success
Tulsa World: Bedlam for South?
Tulsa World: Gundy: OSU players not forbidden from leaving Stillwater during game week
Burnt Orange Nation: We Have Issues: Texas Longhorns Week 9
Dallas Morning News: Bowl bid is no guarantee for struggling Texas Longhorns
Dallas Morning News: Christine Michael has surgery on tibia and is out until spring
Houston Chronicle: A&M standout Jeff Fuller may come back for senior year
Tulsa World: Switch at quarterback invigorates Texas A&M attack
- KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou Basketball Player Preview: Kim English
- Rush The Court: Four Teams Up... (You'll like this list.)
- Examiner.com: Missouri Tigers basketball preview
- PowerMizzou: [5-Star Recruit Ben] McLemore talks Mizzou, will decide soon
- Ken Pomeroy: The pre-season AP poll is great
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Other Mizzou Links
Mizzou Women's Basketball
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The Missourian: Small-town talent ready for big stage on MU women's basketball team
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