Mizzou needed more from Richardson and the Mizzou defense a little earlier than they got it.
It's a MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™-free zone today, which can only mean one thing: there's more stuff about realignment coming later in the day. But for now, here's (mostly) talk of only things that happen on a field or a court.
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook: Not a luck thing
Let's not leave Missouri's defense out of the blame game. The Tigers made a handful of momentum-swinging stops Saturday and held OSU to less than 10 yards on six different possessions. But it took almost a quarter and a half for the defense to come alive. It's no coincidence it started with some bursts from the defensive line, a group that's underachieved through the first half of the regular season. Brad Madison, my pick for preseason defensive player of the year, had two tackles and didn't get much heat on the quarterback. In his first career start, Sheldon Richardson didn't notch his first and only tackle until midway through the fourth quarter. Linebacker Zaviar Gooden, a preseason All-Big 12 pick, led MU with nine tackles, but you're not seeing the junior make the kind of game-changing plays he made occasionally last year and were expected of him this year. The same goes for both safety positions. Outside of cornerback E.J. Gaines, I'm not seeing a defender attack the ball in the air.
At this point, if I'm filling out a two-deep All-Big 12 ballot, my Missouri defensive candidates are Gaines and perhaps nose guard Dominique Hamilton, who quietly leads all Big 12 interior linemen with 33 tackles. Madison and linebacker Andrew Wilson could make a push with some more production in the coming weeks.
Among Big 12 teams, Missouri still ranks third in scoring defense (23.9) and fourth in total defense (365.7), but only three teams have forced fewer turnovers than MU's 11. Plus, the Tigers have the league's worst third-down defense.
Cowboys Ride For Free: Oklahoma State Defeats Missouri; Some Rambling Reflections
A&M Up Next
San Antonio Express-News: Mizzou digs up bad memories for Aggies
PowerMizzou: Following the Future
Other Football Links
Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38
Big 12 Sports: Seth Doege and Red Raiders Shock Sooners
Blatant Homerism: Ridiculous and Sublime: Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma 38
Crimson & Cream Machine: BCS Busted! Undermanned And Overwhelmed Sooner Defense Flops Against Texas Tech
Daily Oklahoman: Short-handed OU defense struggles in loss to Texas Tech
Daily Oklahoman: Texas Tech outclassed, outcoached Oklahoma in an upset that shook up BCS title race
Daily Oklahoman: OU report card: Sooners defensive preparation was lacking
Daily Oklahoman: Loss of three defensive starters changed Sooners' game
Daily Oklahoman: Sooners' home loss ends 39-game streak
Kansas State 59, Kansas 21
Big 12 Sports: K-State Wins Sunflower Showdown
KC Star: Kansas State can celebrate after throttling Kansas 59-21
KC Star: After K-State rout, KU athletic director calls recent football losses unacceptable
Lawrence Journal-World: Sunflower downer: Two-minute stretch seals KU's fate in 59-21 loss to Kansas State
Lawrence Journal-World: Jayhawks: Blown coverage at end of half 'unacceptable'
Lawrence Journal-World: Kansas State coach, players gracious following blowout
Lawrence Journal-World: Sheahon Zenger's challenge: Find money to make coaching change
SB Nation: Turner Gill Hot Seat On Watch After Kansas State Loss, AD's Comments
Texas A&M > Iowa State
Big 12 Sports: Ryan Tannehill Leads Aggies Past Cyclones
Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective: Predicting the College Football Polls
Mizzou Basketball Links
When they announced at the OSU game that Kim English had led the way at the previous night's Black & Gold scrimmage with 27 points, somebody in the stands behind us said, "27? Pssh. That's more than he's going to score all season." Call me crazy, but I think this squad still has some work to do in the "winning back the fanbase" category after last season's collapse. Never mind all the awful luck/news Missouri may have had since then -- this was still a rather awful team in March.
(That, and Mizzou fans are crabby jerks sometimes.)
Black & Gold Game
MUtigers.com: Black Squad Takes Black and Gold Scrimmage
MUtigers.com: Post Game Quotes
MUtigers.com: Mic'd Up: Kim English
The Trib: English gets taste of playing time with the giants
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Kim English
PowerMizzou: Black and Gold gallery
The Missourian: Rosburg and Jorgensen commit to Missouri, attend Black and Gold game together
- MUtigers.com: Senior Interview: Ricardo Ratliffe
- The Trib: Tigers' Kim English looking forward to new season
- Rush the Court: The Big 12's New Faces: Missouri's Frank Haith
Other Basketball Links
The Trib (Steve Walentik): Counting down the Top 25 (Nos. 15-11)
Other Mizzou Links
Congrats to Whit Babcock for being named the new Cincy athletic director. Mike Alden's administration here at Mizzou has produced some high-quality executives at this point. Also ... congrats to the soccer team for a crazy comeback win over KU. Nothing like being down 2-0 to your main rival with six minutes left and winning anyway.
- The Trib: MU's Babcock hired as Cincinnati athletic director
MUtigers.com: MU Earns 3-2 Comeback Win Over KU
The Missourian: Missouri soccer seniors lead thrilling comeback against Kansas
The Trib: Missouri stages stunning rally, defeats Kansas
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou shocks Kansas with three late goals
The Missourian: Mini Mizzou spices up Missouri win over Kansas
MUtigers.com: Volleyball Falls at No. 10 Texas
SimmonsField.com: Mizzou in the Majors: Ian Kinsler the Catalyst
MUtigers.com: Baseball Presents Check to Joplin Little League
MUtigers.com: Black Tops Gold in Game Three, 2-1
Mizzou Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: Big 12 Media Day: Pingeton and Simmons
MUtigers.com: A Day in the Life of a Missouri Tennis Player
MUtigers.com: Tiger Performance Complex Grand Opening