Corbin Berkstresser sets his feet, Kony Ealy gets excited, Mizzou basketball plays on TV a lot, and Max Scherzer pitches well (and his team blows it).
Mizzou Football Links
At the very least, it appears that Mizzou has moved on from last week's loss ... so there's that.
Mizzou Network: 1 on 1 with Kony Ealy
The Trib (Dave Matter): Saban: 'Missouri is certainly a very challenging team.'
The Trib (Ross Dellenger): A first since 2001 - Missouri's a 21.5-point home dog
The Missourian: Corbin Berkstresser won't shy away from contact against Alabama
KC Star: Is banged-up Missouri in over its head against Alabama's Tide?
While MU would certainly love to take refuge in its running game — running back Kendial Lawrence is averaging a respectable 5.7 yards per carry — Alabama is third in the nation in rush defense, allowing just 65 yards per game.
It’s safe to say Berkstresser is going to have to iron out the kinks in his delivery — something Pinkel alluded to on Monday — and make some plays with his arm to give his team any chance of winning. The last three teams that MU has faced essentially dared the Tigers to pass.
"Throwing is like your golf swing: You’ve got to be able to balance yourself," Pinkel said. "Sometimes he gets a little quick with his feet and that kind of misdirects the ball."
Berkstresser’s teammates, meanwhile, hope a full week’s worth of snaps as the No. 1 quarterback will help him resemble the player he was on Sept. 15, when he completed 21 of 41 passes for 189 yards and ran for a touchdown in leading MU to a 24-20 win over Arizona State in his first career start.
"Preparing to be ready is not the same thing as preparing to be a starter," said junior guard Max Copeland, a former walk-on-turned-starter. "I know because I’ve been in that role before."
Post-Dispatch: Saban: 'Missouri is a challenging team'
Post-Dispatch: Berkstresser seeks confidence against Alabama
PowerMizzou: Powered Up: SEC struggles
Al.com: The James Gang: Missouri's Pinkel and Alabama's Saban went from Kent two different ways
Al.com: Saban says both he and Pinkel are more concerned with 'the next play' than their reunion
Al.com: 'I'm going to have a blast,' Missouri DE Kony Ealy says of competing against No. 1 Tide
What does Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy say?
"They’re really good," the 6-foot-5, 265-pound sophomore said. "As far as I’m concerned, it’s another team we’ve got to go out there and try to fundamental and just compete. You can’t worry about who you're playing. You’ve just got to go out and compete and make the most of it. We’re going to compete.
"They’re a well-coached group. All of them are talented."
He can’t wait to meet the top-ranked Crimson Tide at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday at Faurot Field.
"I’m just going to have a blast to go out there and be able to compete against those guys and be able to play against those type of teams," Ealy said.
Al.com: VIDEO: Sizing up Missouri's offense with Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri
The Trib: T.J. Moe keeps a stiff upper lip
PowerMizzou: Tiger Mailbag
Survey Says: Gary Danielson Is Not Very Good
Senator Blutarsky: "What it is, people are playing trick 'em football."
PowerMizzou: Florida DE sets Missouri visit
PowerMizzou: DE Jamone Boyd letting his recruitment come to him
Mizzou Basketball Links
MUtigers.com: Frank Haith Talks Mizzou Madness
The Trib (Steve Walentik): Tigers meet the media
The coach was quick to point out the work that awaits his team between Friday and the start of the regular season, but Missouri's delaying really getting down to business by one day so they can hold a Midnight Madness-style event, complete with intrasquad scrimmages of both the men's and women's teams, at 7 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena. Admission and parking are free, and such of the proceedings will be televised as part of ESPNU's coverage of the start of practice.
It's been a while since Missouri held this type of event. Mike Anderson didn't believe in them during his five-year tenure on the MU bench, and Haith expressed similar thoughts about them.
"These events, I’d rather be practicing, getting going," he said. "I’d rather have Friday" be "a day where we’re rocking and rolling and getting after it. Sometimes these things are good for your programs."
He added: "It gives us a chance to give something back to our fans but also the new guys, to see what Mizzou basketball’s all about. It’s going to be a fun evening with a lot of neat things. Obviously, there’s a scrimmage with both teams, men’s and women’s teams, but there’s going to be some giveaways and some other contests that I think will be fun for our fans. We’re really excited about just getting things going."
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Mizzou Madness Media Day
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Sports Network Releases Television Schedule
The Mizzou Sports Network begins its coverage of Tiger Basketball on Oct. 29 with the exhibition opener against Northwest Missouri State. Exhibition coverage continues on Nov. 4 before airing the 2012-13 season opener against SIU Edwardsville on Nov. 10.
Missouri will be televised like never before in 2013. The Tigers have a school record 19 appearance on national TV this season, including Friday’s Mizzou Madness, which will be televised live on ESPN3.com in its entirety. Segments of that event will also be aired during ESPNU’s Midnight Madness special.
The Mizzou Sports Network will carry 10 Tigers men’s games and Chris Gervino will be joined by Jon Sundvold and Scott Highmark in calling the action.
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
Welp ... Max Scherzer did his job last night...
Detroit Free Press: Tigers' Max Scherzer keeps Athletics off balance in Game 4
SimmonsField.com: SxSE: Gator Chomp
Other Mizzou Links
Goodness, is Friday night's soccer game enormous.
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The Missourian: Seniors putting team first during outstanding Missouri soccer season
Mizzou Cross Country
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