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Burnt Orange Nation: Missouri Will Strain Texas' Ability to Properly Fit Runs
By hanging the backside defensive end to stop the quarterback and force the "give" read, Diaz then sends his linebacker through either the B or C gap (depending on whether there is a tight end on that side of the field), while slanting his defensive line towards the quarterback and into the play.
Diaz calls it "the most stable thing he can run" because he's basically devoting the extra player that Missouri would have optioned off anyway, making sure that his defensive backfield isn't stressed by any extra responsibilities.
However, the difficulty against Missouri is that those aforementioned constraint plays could make Diaz pay for even using something as stable as the fire zone, possibly by using a play Texas has had a great deal of trouble defending this season -- the speed option. Missouri can also attack blitzes by throwing bubble screens to the wide receivers and running sprint-out passes.
As a result, Texas might be better off not committing linebackers to the running game and instead forcing Franklin to keep the ball and then putting some hits on the Tiger quarterback to wear him down physically.
The Missourian: Some things to know about Texas
No, that's not "I've Been Working on the Railroad" you're hearing
It's Texas' alma mater, "The Eyes of Texas." Penned in 1903 by student John Sinclair, the song is set to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and even has the same second line — so it's easy to understand how some might be confused.
The eyes of Texas are upon you/All the live long day
The title of the song is in reference to former university president William Prather, who, to the delight of the students, used the line "The eyes of Texas are upon you" to conclude all of his speeches.
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou stands to be a big test for Texas
Dallas Morning News: Longhorns unsure who will start at running back against Missouri
PowerMizzou: Man-to-Man: Mizzou vs. Texas
The Trib: Once buried on depth chart, Henry Josey reaching new heights
PowerMizzou: Growth potential
[Against Baylor], Richardson finished with six solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in an otherwise dreary defensive performance against the Bears. It was the second game Richardson has started in his young, oft-delayed career, and became his best performance to date. On the season, Richardson has 28 total tackles, two sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.
It was a game that was long overdue for the former five-star recruit, the nation's fourth-ranked player in the 2009 signing class. But the best part of news about Richardson's performance, at least for Missouri fans and coaches?
It's just the beginning of what Richardson can do.
"He's got a lot more in him," defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski said. "He really does.
The Missourian: The lost team of 1896: Missouri football goes to Mexico
Other Football Links
SB Nation (Self-Share): 2011 Heisman Trophy Watch: Striking Back Against The Andrew Luck Consensus
Outkick The Coverage: Kirk Herbstreit: The Face of College Football
The Missourian: What's next for Missouri in move to SEC
The Missourian: How the move to the SEC impacts your TV viewing
The Missourian: Missouri football dead on arrival in SEC? Not so fast
The Missourian: New bowl destinations await the Tigers in the SEC
- Post-Dispatch: Area recruits react to Mizzou's upcoming switch to the SEC
- The Trib (Steve Walentik): Haith wants MU-KU rivalry to continue
We Are Mizzou: Behind the Scenes Celebration
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Jersey for SEC Commissioner Mike Slive
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Interview with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive
Quite a few good basketball links after the jump.
Mizzou Basketball Links
MUtigers.com: Hoops Officially Opens Season Friday
The Trib: The last shot for Missouri basketball's transformational players
People gave plenty of credit for the Tigers’ sudden rise to the seniors, particularly Carroll and Lyons, who formed arguably the Big 12’s best frontcourt duo and combined to average 31.2 points and 13.3 rebounds while leading MU within one victory of the school’s first Final Four.
"DeMarre and J.T. and Matt would be talking about it, and people would be saying, ‘We resurrected Missouri basketball,’ " English said with a laugh. "We’d be in the background like, ‘What? We’re the reason. Y’all won 16 games last year.’ "
Even some of those veterans acknowledged at the time the importance of their unbridled confidence.
The freshmen hadn’t dealt with the disappointment those veterans had. Lyons and Lawrence witnessed the disastrous end of Quin Snyder’s tenure, and the rest lived through a 16-16 season, marred by a fight outside a downtown night club, in Anderson’s second year.
English, Denmon and Bowers were also contributors that season. Most memorably, English scored 17 points against Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. English came off the bench to relieve Tiller and sank the decisive free throws in the waning seconds.
"We thought it was easy," English said.
Post-Dispatch: Kim English optimistic about new season
Post-Dispatch: Three keys to Mizzou's season
MUtigers.com: Senior Interview: Marcus Denmon
- Fox Sports MW: Missouri and Southeast Missouri State meet again Friday
MUtigers.com: Men's Basketball Announces Recruiting Class
The Trib (Steve Walentik): Statements on Missouri's five 2012 basketball signees
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou basketball announces five signings
- KC Star (Campus Corner): Miami will sit player linked to MU's Haith in Shapiro allegation
Other Basketball Links
Rush the Court: Big 12 Team Previews: Texas A&M Aggies
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: No. 9 Wrestling Opens Season Sunday
MUtigers.com: Wrestling Announces 2012-13 Signing Class
Mizzou Women's Basketball
The Trib: Pingeton promises to keep it real
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Opens Regular Season On the Road
MUtigers.com: Tigers Head to Texas A&M
MUtigers.com: Behind the Scenes: Team Poster Shoot
SimmonsField.com: 2012 Mizzou Non-Recruit Tyler McSparran (the rest of the story)
SB Nation (Self-Share): Joe Paterno Fired: By Shielding And Fearing Football, We Weaken It
Joe Posnanski: The End of Paterno
EDSBS: TOM RINALDI REPORTS FROM EVERYWHERE