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Mizzou Links, 9-15-08

You just don't get tired of seeing this. We have either 10 or 11 games left watching this amazing offense.

ESPN's Pat Forde talks about the three teams who have proven themselves to be in the top tier: OU, USC, and Mizzou.

Oklahoma has cranked up its passing game to another level in routing Cincinnati and Washington. The Sooners are scoring points in gushes, pushing quarterback Sam Bradford up the Heisman Trophy lists.

But he isn't even the leading Heisman candidate in his own league. That would be Missouri QB Chase Daniel, who has more touchdowns (seven) than incompletions (six) the past two weeks. Which is just silly. The Tigers put 52 on Illinois in the opener, 52 more on Southeast Missouri State and then a whopping 69 on Nevada (a 2007 bowl team) on Saturday.

Missouri and Oklahoma don't meet in the regular season, which could make the Big 12 championship game slightly enormous (if both of them can beat Texas, among others, in a salty league).

Seriously, I just do not want to think about a battle of undefeateds at Arrowhead.  Just cannot fathom it yet.  And I just threw up in my mouth a little.  I'll just keep repeating: nine games left.  Nine games left.  Nine games left.  One game at a time.  One game at a time.  One game at a time.

Nevada wrap-up links!

  • PowerMizzou: Sunday Grade Card
  • Dave Matter: Emptying the Notebook ("This group is dialed in. And don’t forget, that was the same Nevada defense that turned Graham Harrell into Stephen McGee in last week’s loss to Texas Tech. Daniel was 23 of 28 of 405 yards and four touchdowns. He could have had seven were it not for a drop, a pass interference and a holding penalty on Jared Perry’s 47-yards screen pass that went to the end zone.")
  • Post-Dispatch: No defense against Mizzou
  • Columbia Tribune: Pistol Whipped (Note to the headline writer: rptgwb beat you to this one.  I think.)
  • Missourian: MU defense still tweaking ("[T]he performance of MU's defense was largely overlooked amid the offense's praise. Yet there were statistics to inspect: MU held Nevada to 182 rushing yards, 143 fewer than what the nation's fifth-best ground attack averaged before the weekend; after allowing a touchdown pass on the first half's final play, MU's secondary held Nevada quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Nick Graziano to a combined 31 passing yards the rest of the way.")
  • Columbia Tribune: Daniel shows why he is MU's best
  • Reno Gazette-Journal: Misery in Missouri
  • Nevada Appeal: Daniel leads Tigers past Nevada
  • KC Star: Missouri romps past Nevada

Buffalo links!

Well, the volleyball didn't do too hot this weekend, laying an egg against a mediocre Nevada team Friday night and getting bumped by #24 Pepperdine early Friday before sweeping UC-Davis to salvage something from the weekend at the University of Nevada AT&T Invitational.  They now stand at 5-4.

Soccer, however, had themselves a nice home weekend between the raindrops.  First they stomped previously undefeated Vanderbilt, 3-0 (extra notes here), then they took out Butler, 2-1, last night.

Finally...another day, another old Mizzou coach The Beef stumbled across: this time it's former D-line coach Dave Toub.  If you think about it, the only reliable unit on those '99 and '00 teams was the D-line, so I guess it shouldn't surprise me that Toub is still batting around at a high coaching level.