Beyond the Box Score

A perfect finish

Statistics and analysis from Missouri's 41-31 win over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl Classic on January 3.

Cotton Bowl preview

The 2014 Cotton Bowl between Oklahoma State and Missouri will come down to line play and an interesting chess match between coordinators. Can the Tigers take their 12th win of the year?

Sometimes the gameplan doesn't work

Advanced stats and analysis from Missouri's 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.

Mizzou-Auburn and the best chances

Stats and analysis previewing Saturday's SEC Championship game between Missouri and Auburn in Atlanta.

The stats tell lovely stories sometimes

A look at the advanced stats from Missouri's 28-21 win over Texas A&M on Saturday, one that clinched the Tigers' first SEC East title.

Mizzou-A&M preview

If Missouri's advantages in the trenches offset the play of Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans, the Tigers should beat Texas A&M and take the SEC East.

Trenches? Check. Little things? Check.

There was nothing easy about Missouri's 24-10 win over Ole Miss, but the Tigers made the plays that defined the game and scored a huge road victory because of it.

The trenches and the little things

In many ways, Missouri and Ole Miss will be looking in the mirror when they face off in Oxford tomorrow night. And in the end, the game, like so many, will probably come down to line play and the little things.

The talent downs and quarters

Passing downs and latter quarters are for play-makers more than game-planning. That was certainly the case in Missouri's 48-17 win over Kentucky.

MU vs. UK vs. passing downs

The stats suggest Missouri should win big over Kentucky in Lexington on Saturday. The Tigers hold most advantages but still need to take care of business on passing downs to make sure this one isn't close for a while.

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Let 'em do what they can't do

Tennessee missed a lot of open passes on Saturday, but they were probably open for a reason: Missouri knew the Vols would struggle to hit them. The Tigers seem to have mastered the art of giving you what they know you can't take.

Mizzou-Tennessee preview

If Missouri bounces back with precision from last week's tough loss to South Carolina, the Tigers should have too much firepower for the young, improving Tennessee Volunteers.

Big plays with no leverage

Advanced stats from South Carolina's 27-24 win over Missouri on Saturday night.

South Carolina-Mizzou preview

If Missouri wins in the trenches, and if the Tigers tackle well on the perimeter, the favored Tigers should move to 8-0.

Domination

Stats confirm what we already knew: Missouri dominated most of this game and could have easily won by more.

Florida-Mizzou preview

With James Franklin, Missouri would be projected to beat Florida by about 5.5 points. Is Maty Mauk 5.5 points worse than James Franklin?

Pressure is cumulative

Stats and analysis from Missouri's 41-26 win over Georgia. Pressure is cumulative, turnovers aren't entirely lucky, and Andrew Wilson plays grown man football.

The Mizzou-Georgia preview

Missouri is hot, and Georgia is banged up. This is the best possible time for the Tigers to play in Athens.

First down is Missouri's friend

Advanced stats from Missouri's 51-28 win over Vanderbilt.

The numbers like Mizzou

Against a light schedule, Missouri has performed as well as, or better than, projected. Against a tougher schedule, Vanderbilt has not. The Tigers hold the edge on paper; will they hold the edge on the scoreboard on Saturday night?

Distribution amazing, 3&O's still an issue

Through four games, Missouri's ball distribution on offense has been incredibly even and well-distributed, but the temporary lulls, the three-and-outs, are still an issue at times.

How does MU respond to good press?

Missouri is coming off of its best performance since 2011; Arkansas State, meanwhile, is coming off of one of its worst. How will both teams respond on a potentially wet track Saturday night in Columbia?

The OL's best performance since 2011

The eyeballs say Mizzou performed very well against Indiana on Saturday. The stats suggest the performance was even better than we thought.

Prepare for lots of big plays

The offenses hold the advantages in Saturday night's battle between Missouri and Indiana.

Tigers still waiting for Ealy to explode

Mizzou won by the projected amount, but the Tigers relied a little too much on turnovers to get there.

Mizzou-Murray State: Beyond the box score

What can the advanced stats tell us about Missouri's win over Murray State?

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