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Mizzou Links, 10-13-09

Well, whatever your complaints may be about Gary Pinkel, you can't say he doesn't have a web presence.  Along with his (well, "his") Twitter account, he is now in charge (to whatever degree) of, a football blog from the athletic department that...well, if it is updated frequently, could be a pretty entertaining site to which I'll be linking often.

Media Day Links!

  • Mizzou Meets the Media
  • The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel & Gundy discuss Saturday's showdown
    Gabbert's feel of the pass rush ...
    "That’s a judgment call on his part. He was limited, to be honest with you, his movement, just being able to laterally move. But they got some pressure on us, they did a good job. But I don’t think he was getting out too premature. You play against a really good defensive line and not everything’s going to be blocked perfectly every time, and it’s not easy to sit back there and throw. You play good defensive lines in this league and you’re going to be moving around a little bit. That’s part of the deal. I wouldn’t call it a lack of our protection. We played some great players. We certainly got to get better, but you’ve got to give Nebraska some credit too."
  • PowerMizzou: Audio: Pinkel, Gundy break it down
  • PowerMizzou (FREE): PMTV: Talking OSU
  • KC Star (Campus Corner): Gabbert OK for MU; OSU's Bryant to Talk to NCAA

And from Dave Matter regarding last night's radio show...

Pinkel on a roll during radio show. Asked if he'll consider switching to a north-south pro-set run game, GP gives one-word answer: No

I love this, and for one simple reason: the problem isn't the "east-west" part of the running game, it's the execution.  Missouri has had 1,000-yard running backs in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  This running game clicks along just fine when the blocking is good and the running is good.  If the blocking and running aren't there, then switching to a "north-south pro-set run game" (whatever people think that actually means) won't make a damn bit of, uhh, we'd be completely changing up our running game in the middle of the season.  Somehow, that doesn't seem like it would end well.  The problems are pretty clear and numerous--quickness and/or physicality on the offensive line, experience on the offensive line, aggressive running from Derrick Washington, take your pick--and switching to someone's generic version of a "power running game" would not only not fix any of that, but it would significantly affect the passing game (the personnel needed to execute more of a power running game would completely alter the personnel on the field for passing) for little game.

(In other words, I hate the idea, and I really like that Missouri has a coach who sticks to his guns, even if the idea is temporarily unpopular.)

Other OSU Links!

    If recent history is any indicator, look for Saturday’s game to be a tightly-contested one, as all but one of the 8 previous meetings between MU and OSU (dating back to 1995) have been decided by 7 points or fewer, and 3 of them have gone into overtime (all won by Mizzou). The 1996 overtime win by Mizzou (35-28) marked MU’s first-ever overtime game.

    Another interesting recent trend that the Tigers are hoping to extend, has to do with the road team’s dominance in the MU-OSU series. The road team has won each of the last 4 meetings, as MU claimed a 41-38 triple overtime win in Stillwater in 2001 and then a 38-31 2005 win in its next trip there. Sandwiched between those were Cowboy wins in Columbia (20-17 win in Columbia in 2004 and 28-23 in Columbia in 2008).

    Extending this beyond the Big 12 era, in the MU-OSU series, the road team has won 7 of the last 9 times the two schools have played, dating back to the 1994 season.
  • KC Star: Mizzou stands behind its east-west running game
  • KC Star: MU notebook | Will Ebner could return for Texas game
  • The Missourian: Missouri football team back to usual routine
  • Daily Oklahoman: Cowboys reveal more receiver weapons

    Against the Aggies, four wide receivers caught passes, and each provided a defining moment.

    "A big reason we won," said quarterback Zac Robinson.

    Hubert Anyiam scored his first career touchdown on a 27-yard catch and led the wideouts with 58 yards on three receptions.

    Tracy Moore made the most of his one catch, a 51-yard scoring play.

    Dameron Fooks and Justin Blackmon converted key third-and-long grabs to extend touchdown drives in the second half. Josh Cooper, while blanked Saturday, is another threat.

    "We have a lot of young receivers," said tailback Keith Toston. "No one really knows about them. But Dez wasn’t Dez until Adarius Bowman went out with a knee injury (Dez’s) freshman year.

  • PowerMizzou: Like Father, Unlike Son: Bouncing Back

Other Mizzou Football Links!

  • Post-Dispatch: Gabbert proves his toughness against Nebraska
  • Post-Dispatch: Missouri coach praises fans who stayed through storm
  • The Trib: The Eagle has landed
  • The Missourian: Pregame Playmakers: The hard work and rewards of being in Marching Mizzou
  • PowerMizzou: Missouri pursuing Midwest City (OK) duo

Big 12 Links!

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