This week in Rock M Nation links:
Rivals and ESPN recruiting services rarely agree on much, and it's no different with prospects in the state of Missouri. Here are the top 26 in-state recruits according to these two services.
"Historically, reaching a pristine 3-0 mark has signaled good things to come for Mizzou, as three of the last four seasons in which the Tigers started 3-0 ended in conference divisional titles…" So there you go. Beat Indiana, win the SEC East. It's that easy.
Is "Hoosier" a derogatory term where you come from?
FALCONS PLACE LB SEAN WEATHERSPOON ON INJURED RESERVE-DESIGNATED TO RETURN
Nate Brown picks Mizzou over Vandy, Indiana and Louisville. Joined by fellow 3* Georgian safety.
Predicting game results is always a challenging task, but once you apply the scientific method the future can become a bit clearer. The numbers here a solid, and the hypothesis formed using them is almost foolproof.
On the weak side are the offensive line and the d-line. Both are young and inexperienced with not a lot of depth. IU has already lost three starters from the O-line and the D-line is just asking a lot of very young guys to carry pretty heavy workloads.
Josey is back. He showed Mizzou fans everywhere that his hard work to come back from the most devastating knee injury most of us have ever seen has truly paid off, and he showed it with breakaway speed, cuts to both sides of the field, and being able to take hits like any other RB. To go along with that, I think he will be our biggest threat. He will most likely get the most carries, and he has the kind of speed to break a secondary down. If he gets to the second level, it's over.
This is a "See what you want to see" game. If you feel like wringing your hands or predicting a loss, just point to Indiana's explosiveness, the secondary's play-making (and play-preventing) ability, and the fact that this is an important game for Indiana being played at night in front of what should be a pretty full crowd. That's not a tremendously appealing recipe there.
Noticed some interesting breakdown stats:
Indiana through 3 games has had 227 plays, averaging 75.7 plays per game and a time of possession of 26:39.3 per game, equaling 21.1 seconds per play, good for 16 in the country.
Missouri through 2 games has had 159 plays, averaging 79.5 plays per game and a time of possession of 30:55.0 per game, equaling 23.3 seconds per play, good for 33 in the country.
The SEC Speed thing? Maybe on the field, but not from the coaches. The SEC is 2nd to last with an average seconds per play of 26.5, just behind the Big 10 at 27.5.
Bill makes his prediction:
Missouri at Indiana 2 Missouri by 1.0 (34.2 - 33.2) 56.8% Indiana
Apple Butter, Pumpkin Butter, Your favorite pie, Pumpkin beer, all these are amazing things that just taste a bit better once the temp starts to fall and there is a bit of a crisp in the air. Let me share a few of my favorite fall type recipes for all of you food loving fools and please share your favorites in the comments.
From the fanposts:
How important is it for Mizzou to get out to a fast-start? Obviously, getting as many non-conference wins as possible will only help your final record, but what does it truly mean for expected record?