Mizzou Links, 10-12-12

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Mizzou's D-line confuses, the weather forecast terrifies, Laurence Bowers returns, and Mizzou Madness tips off this evening.

Mizzou Football Links

Oh, so I might see a blowout and get struck by lightning on Saturday? AWESOME!!

  • This Week
    MUtigers.com: Football Fan Primer - Mizzou vs. Alabama
    The Trib: Battered MU O-line faces toughest test yet in Bama
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Writer's Block: Tide Talk with Don Kausler Jr.
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Rising Tide: A closer look at No. 1 Alabama
    The Trib (Ross Dellenger): The Sabanator: he destroys underdogs
    The Missourian: Stormy, breezy conditions forecast for Alabama game

    The National Weather Service on Thursday was calling for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. on Saturday; kickoff of the Mizzou-Alabama game is 2:30 p.m.

    Severe weather is also possible Saturday afternoon into the evening.

    "It is too early to tell, but we think that the storms will show up considerably later, I would guess between 4 and 8 p.m.," meteorologist Ben Miller said. "We are confident that there will be storms late in the day, though."

    The Missourian: Alabama ticket prices drop, hotel rooms open as game approaches
    KC Star: Missouri's defense will have a battle on its hands against Alabama
    Post-Dispatch: Saban's come a long way to sit atop college football
    Post-Dispatch: Saban, Pinkel go way back
    Post-Dispatch: Bryant, Saban: the two faces of 'Bama
    KBIA Sports: Corbin Berkstresser ready to be Missouri's starting quarterback (for now)
    The Maneater: Elvis Fisher, Missouri brace for the Tide
    Al.com: Fundamentals separate Tide's OL from others, Missouri star Sheldon Richardson
    Al.com: Alabama's Barrett Jones says Missouri's D-line 'creates confusion'
    Al.com: As Tide rolls in, a team and a town are glad to S-E-C Missouri in a new league

    An estimated 8,000 Georgia fans made the trip. Even more Crimson Tide fans are expected. Some are in town already.

    "We went out of our way to talk to people," King said of Georgia fans. "They liked the town. They said our stadium looked like a west Texas high school stadium. They thought it was small, but they’re getting ready to expand it."

    As part of a $200 million athletic facilities project, skyboxes will be built on the east side of 71,004-seat Memorial Stadium that mirror a complex on the west side.

    Never mind the fact that the Tigers are off to a 0-3 start in the league. The players and coaches are enthused about a new adventure.

    "I love it," sophomore defensive end Kony Ealy said. "They’ve certainly got a lot more fans, and their fans are way more into it. Other than that, it’s the same football."

    Is it?

    "It’s definitely more running and more defense based," Ealy said. "I love playing in the SEC. The defense is more pass rush."

    Sheldon Richardson caused a stir by calling it "old-man football" before Georgia’s visit.

    "It’s just different," the Tigers’ star defensive tackle said this week. "It’s more downhill. It’s more defensive players making plays now than the offense. It’s not scoring 100 points."

    Al.com: Missouri football has mixed glory days with gory daze
  • This Actually Isn't Too Bad
    ESPN.com (SEC Blog): Missouri's offense is stuck in reverse
  • Good For Gabs
    Patch.com: Parkway West Will Retire Football Star Blaine Gabbert's Jersey
  • Less Good For Gabs
    Big Cat Country: All-22 Film Review: Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert
  • 2013 Recruiting
    PowerMizzou: Following the Future
    PowerMizzou: Tigers stay on top for Josh Augusta
    PowerMizzou: Recruiting means more in the SEC

Other Football Links

  • COTG
    EDSBS: A WORD FROM CRAZY OLD TESTAMENT GOD ON GETTING WHAT YOU ASK FOR
  • Beano
    Self-Share: RIP, Beano Cook
    ESPN.com (Ivan Maisel): Beano Cook was friend who made us laugh
    Saturday Blitz: Beano Cook Leaves Football Media A Lasting Legacy
    Cardiac Hill: Beano Cook, Pitt alumnus and former Sports Information Director, dead at 81

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • Mizzou Madness
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Madness Friday at 5:30 p.m.
    The Trib: Madness brings basketball back

    Physically, [Laurence] Bowers, who now packs 227 pounds on his 6-foot-8 frame, is ready to play with his surgically repaired knee fully healed. He said he battled tendinitis earlier in his recovery but is no longer feeling any discomfort and is able to run, cut and jump without any problems.

    Bowers actually received full clearance to play in late July, though he's still been cautious, which is why he sat out competition during the team's exhibition trip to Europe in August. The high-flying forward also will leave the slam dunk competition to players such as Keion Bell, Phil Pressey and freshman Stefan Jankovic tomorrow.

    "I might get a few dunks in the game or whatnot," he said.

    Pressey warned not to expect Bowers to look exactly like the player who averaged 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds and swatted 62 shots as a junior when practice gets going.

    "He's back playing, but I feel like it's going to take a while for him to get his mojo back where how he used to do his layups and jumping and just game play," Pressey said.

    Haith and his staff are confident he'll get there. They are looking to him for leadership and some scoring punch as he steps into the position in the lineup manned by his former classmate Kim English along the frontline.

    The Missourian: All eyes on Keion Bell for Mizzou Madness dunk contest
    KC Star: Tigers itching for dunk contest
    KC Star: Laurence Bowers looking forward to Mizzou Madness
    Fox Sports MW: Missouri's roster has plenty of new faces
    PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Who You Got?
    PowerMizzou: Devin Booker attending Mizzou Madness

Mizzou Diamond Sports Links

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Volleyball
    MUtigers.com: Pink Out Match vs. Mississippi State Slated For Noon Start
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Hosts Mississippi State on ESPNU Sunday
  • Mizzou Cross Country
    The Trib: Missouri men's cross country ranked
  • Golden Girls
    MUtigers.com: Golden Girls to Host College Prep Clinic

Other

  • What's Your Favorite Weird Pizza Topping?
    Serious Eats: A Pizza My Mind: My Weirdest Pizza Topping Ever
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