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Mizzou Links, 10-6-09

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Mizzou-Nebraska Links!

  • The Trib (Dave Matter): Behind the Numbers: MU-NU, Part I

    Here's how the primary back from each of Nebraska's opponents has produced against the Huskers:
    * Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic: 18 carries - 85 yards
    * Reggie Arnold, Arkansas State: 14-83, TD
    * Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech: 21-107, TD
    * Undrea Sails, Louisiana-Lafayette: 10-41

    Perhaps the most pivotal matchup Thursday will be Missouri's offensive line handling the best defensive line it's faced to date. You figure the Tigers will devote more than one blocker to All-American candidate Ndamukong Suh, who once again, remarkably, leads the Huskers in tackles despite constant extra attention. Alongside Suh, first-year starter Jared Crick set his single-game career high for tackles in three straight games. Ends Pierre Allen and Barry Turner have been equally productive, combining for seven tackles behind the line and 31 tackles. It'll be interesting to see how Nebraska deploys its linebackers against the run versus the pass and how many linebackers its keeps on the field versus defensive backs.

  • The Trib: Happy to be the hunter
  • The Trib: Pelini says MU here to stay
  • PowerMizzou: Tiger Notebook: In the Trenches
  • PowerMizzou: The Key Players
  • PowerMizzou: Like Father, Unlike Son: Huskers come calling
  • KC Star: Nebraska trying to return to top of Big 12 North; MU trying to remain there
  • Post-Dispatch: MU has something to prove
  • The Maneater: Missouri-Nebraska a fight to the death
  • Mizzourah: Tigerboard Comment of the Day Retro Edition
  • Nebraska State Paper: The Electric 'Zou'
  • Omaha World-Herald: Bo unimpressed by No. 1 ranking in scoring defense
  • Huskers Illustrated: Will Compton has no hard feelings towards Blaine Gabbert
  • Husker Extra: Compton pumped to face Missouri
    "I’d like to play in Columbia every year if I could and play in front of everybody that I know and talk to," Compton said of Thursday night’s game at Missouri. "I definitely have higher emotions for this game. But I’m going to go about it like every other week of practice and prepare like I do every week."

    The native of Bonne Terre, Mo., will have an important role. He’s working as the top linebacker in Nebraska’s dime defense.

More Gabbert Links!

Other Mizzou Football Links!

And via Dave Matter's Twitter feed:

Pinkel razzing Mike Kelly for calling freshman DE Aldon Smith a "legend in making" on radio show. GP: "He's still in diapers!"

Big 12 (and Illinois) Links!

  • Bring On the Cats: Clearing Up Some Misconceptions and Looking Toward the Future of Big 12 "TV"
    college football provides no incentive to schedule difficult non-conference games.  In the Big 12, you're almost guaranteed at least two games per year against highly ranked teams, given that Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska are traditionally ranked, and over the conference's history, schools such as K-State, Colorado, KU, Mizzou, Texas Tech and Texas A&M have had at least one or two seasons where they ascended into the top five.  If you win your non-conference games in the Big 12 and run your conference schedule, you'll play for a national title.  Even if that's beyond your usual goals, you can have a big season against a weak non-conference schedule.  See, e.g., KU in 2007, Texas Tech in 2008.

    At several points in the post, the discussion turns to whether the Big 12 is sufficiently unified to make changes like that.  The answer, unfortunately, is probably not.  Unlike other conferences, the Big 12 was sort of a Vegas marriage of convenience for the parties involved, rather than a piecemeal addition of teams over time.  Then, when it came time to negotiate the conference's bylaws and rules, the participants got off to an acrimonious start, with Nebraska and Texas fighting over partial qualifiers and a conference championship game.

  • Bring On the Cats: Adventures of the Big 12: Texas Tech (Part 1)
  • Daily Oklahoman: OSU booster Boone Pickens is living the suite life
    Daily Oklahoman: OSU's Mike Gundy: Don't read too much into big loss by Texas A&M
  • Dr. Saturday: Can Sam Bradford still save the Sooner offense?
  • Rock Chalk Talk: Bye Week Musings
  • Hail to the Orange: Zook benching Juice the biggest decision of his career Illinois QB change reflects desperate situation

Other Mizzou Links!