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Now, on with the links. With another post coming later today, we're going with a MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ 2011-free zone here.
Mizzou Football Links
I made a bit of an over-generalization with the following quote in yesterday's BTBS post:
The formations change a bit, but it you are a comfort-in-familiarity person, then the KSU offense has to be very comforting for you. You know what Kansas State wants to do on offense, and it hasn't changed since the late-1990s. They are going to run the ball, they are going to try to play ball control, and if it works -- if you hand them a couple of turnovers like Baylor did, or if you consistently allow them to stay in 3rd-and-comfortable situations (and therefore allow them to consistently convert third downs), you are probably going to lose.
I could have sworn I used the word "tactics" instead of "formations" in the lead sentence there; I intended to, anyway. That would have conveyed the point a bit more. This offense isn't predictable in that they're going to line up in the I-formation and run the option, and you can't stop it. It's predictable in that they are going to run a lot. As the links below suggest, it isn't predictable in how they choose to run the ball. Dave Steckel calls Bill Snyder "the Scheme Master" in the PowerMizzou link below -- that delivers the gist pretty well.
KSU Gonna Run
KC Star: MU defense is wary of K-State's penchant for surprise
Post-Dispatch: MU run defense to get test vs. K-State
PowerMizzou: The rush awaits
The Missourian: Snyder's slow pace makes Kansas State a unique team in Big 12
Find Your Mojo, Grant
The Trib: Grant Ressel works on accuracy, confidence
KBIA Sports Extra: Gary Pinkel discusses kicker Grant Ressel's recent struggles
Other Football Links
I'm doing better than last year! So that's something. Not much -- lord knows you should absolutely not be using these picks in an attempt to make money, at least not without a context filter of your own -- but something.
Football Study Hall: Week Six F/+ Picks
Mizzou Basketball Links
With MIZZOUEXPANSIONAPALOOZA™ 2011 in full gear and a big football game coming this weekend, it was a good time for Laurence Bowers to get hurt. If it had happened at a quieter point in the offseason, it would have made me a lot sadder. As it stands now, I'm sad about it, but I'm also over-stimulated by other things.
MUtigers.com: Marcus Denmon Earns Big 12 Preseason Honors
KC Star: KU's Robinson, MU's Denmon selected to preseason all-Big 12 team
- The Maneater: Missouri basketball sees week of hope, disappointment
Other Basketball Links
This will never, ever, ever, ever happen, but I really enjoy reads like this.
Rock Chalk Talk: Radically Re-Imagining College Basketball
Other Mizzou Links
As with the football team, the volleyball and soccer teams have pretty big "time to generate some momentum" matches facing them as well this weekend.
MUtigers.com: Volleyball Heads to Baylor Saturday
The Missourian: Missouri soccer team stays positive despite recent struggles
MUtigers.com: Fall Season Continues on Friday
MUtigers.com: Jamieson Talks Joplin Relief with KOMU
Mizzou Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Swimming and Diving Kick Off Season
I won't go into too much detail about Steve Jobs here -- I love Apple products, but a) I know some don't, and b) others have already waxed more poetic about him than I possibly could here -- but these two links (among many others) were nice reads. The guy really was a hell of an "ideas" guy.