Dave Matter: Behind the Numbers: Missouri vs Illinois
Here’s an interesting set of numbers: In last season’s five wins and seven losses, Illinois’ difference between pass attempts and yards allowed were negligible. But in their five wins, the Illini allowed quarterbacks to complete just 50.3 percent of their passes for a 109.2 rating; in their seven losses, the Illini’s numbers in those categories soared to 64.5 percent and a 146.2 rating. The magic number for Illinois’ defense last year was 7.2. If the Illini D gave up 7.2 or more passing yards per attempt, they lost. If they gave up fewer than 7.2, they won. In the five victories, Illinois held teams to 6.0, 5.7, 7.1, 5.9 and 6.6 yards per attempt.
A good pass rush was crucial, too. Illinois racked up 21 sacks in its five wins; just 11 in seven losses. In losses to Missouri, Penn State and Ohio State, Illinois sacked the quarterback just twice.
- PowerMizzou: Illinois Insider: Defensive Preview
- The Trib: Video: Behind the Stripes Webcast, Episode 4
- Chicago Tribune: Illini football coach Ron Zook playing no favorites at running back
- State Journal-Register: Zook says Brent will start against Missouri
- Rockford Register Star: Gabbert hopes to continue Missouri's hot streak at quarterback
- Hail to the Orange: Game week 1: Mizzou Tigers
- InsideIllini.com message boards: Mizzou Look-a-Likes (some of these are quite funny, some are brutally unfunny)
Other Mizzou Football Links!
PowerMizzou: Head Games
A week ago, [Wes Kemp] went to the library and checked out a few books on Zen and mental focus. The most helpful book he's read, Kemp said, is In Pursuit of Excellence, by Terry Orlick.
"It's a little bit about Zen and a lot about mental focus," Kemp said. "I'm trying to create mental focus before the games, to never get too excited or too low. Just trying to stay even keeled during games, and trying to get any edge I can."
Missouri defensive backs Robert Steeples and Munir Prince both played football with Kemp at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis. Both said Kemp's new idea comes as no surprise.
"Wesley does a lot of things to give himself the edge," Steeples said. "He'll do anything to give himself the edge, whether it's Zen or mental focus or anything. He'll do anything to get an edge."
- The Trib: Into the great unknown
The Missourian: Missouri cornerbacks ensure they're heard
Cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford has told his players they must speak loudly enough so the other cornerback on the other side of the field can hear, even in practice when they don’t need to be as loud as they will in the dome.
"I like it, actually," cornerback Carl Gettis said. "It’s a lot better just to know everybody is on the same page, we’re not going to have any little mistakes. It’s good that we communicating like that."
- Campus Corner (KC Star): Strong Bond on MU Offensive Line
- PowerMizzou: Powered Up: A Tiger Recipe
- Post-Dispatch: No place like home for Mizzou's Munir Prince
- SE Missourian: Grant Ressel achieves dream of starting for Missouri Tigers
- TampaBay.com: Plant's Wilder could be one of nation's top recruits
Nice to see we're making a pitch for James Wilder, Jr. Can't be optimistic with the ridiculous amount of schools coming after him, but might as well try and hope his dad comes through with some influence.
Big 12 Links!
- KTUL.com: Zac Robinson Reports Just "Horrible Internet Rumors"
- ESPN.com (Tim Griffin): Robinson primed to play against Georgia
- Campus Corner (KC Star): Here's your early season feel-good story
- Colorado Daily: CU Buffs' Darrell Scott seeks redemption
- ESPN.com (Tim Griffin): Big 12's internal affairs: Why OSU needs second WR to develop
Other Mizzou Links!
- Mutigers.com: Phil Bradley Named Missouri Softball Volunteer Assistant
- Mutigers.com: Volleyball Headed Out West
- PowerMizzou: Duo emerges for four-star guard Rickey Scott (and Mizzou's one of them)
Clone Chronicles: When Did You Attend a College Football Game for the First Time?
Finally...this is Missouri-related news, right?
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