The Trib: Tigers have a little bit of everything
Without a stockpile of All-Big 12 and All-American candidates such as those 2007-08 teams, this edition might, however, lead the conference in resiliency. It’s a quality that’s impossible to measure statistically, but this team is mounting evidence in its case:
- The Tigers have trailed in the fourth quarter in three games and come back to win each time — against Illinois, San Diego State and Oklahoma. No Missouri team has ever done that three times in the same season, according to team historian Tom Orf.
- No defense in the country is stingier when backed against its own goal line. The Tigers lead the country in red-zone defense, holding opponents scoreless on 47.6 percent of their visits inside the MU 20-yard line. Opponents have scored touchdowns on just seven of their 21 red-zone opportunities.
- The defense is thriving even though injuries and suspensions have sidelined five regulars for a combined 14 games. That number will continue to climb now that starting nose tackle Dominique Hamilton will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle.
- On offense, the Tigers have patched together a workable running game despite losing their two-year starting tailback, former captain Derrick Washington, whose legal troubles got him kicked off the team three days before the first game.
KC Star: Is this Pinkel's best Mizzou team ever?
The Trib (Dave Matter): Behind the Numbers: Tigers-Huskers
No way to dispute this: No team has been more efficient running the ball than Nebraska. Air Force, Oregon, Georgia Tech and Auburn average more yards per game, but the Huskers’ 6.63 yards a pop is best in the country. Not since 2006 has an offense from a BCS conference finished the season averaging more yards per carry. (West Virginia averaged 6.68 that year.)
Again, the Huskers have been better away from home, averaging 350.3/7.5 on the road and 244.8/5.9 in Lincoln. But this is an offense that’s churned out 24 runs of 20 yards or more. That’s the same as Oregon, three more than Auburn and seven more than Michigan.
More rushing prowess: The Huskers blow the doors of the locker room at halftime, averaging 8.9 yards a carry in the third quarter. … They average 7.1 yards per carry on first down, another 5.1 on second down. … Third-and-short? Nearly perfect with 13 conversion on 17 tries.Here’s the good news for Missouri: The Tigers have the highest-ranked run defense the Huskers will have faced to date. Wipe out the two long Ronnie Hillman runs in the San Diego State and MU’s run defense would be ranked seventh nationally instead of 23rd … and giving up just 2.84 yards per carry, which would also rank seventh nationally.
Blaine Gabbert surging
PowerMizzou: Gabbert finds his groove
Omaha World-Herald: Gabbert's confidence working for Tigers
Post-Dispatch: Blaine Gabbert's road to the NFL
- The Missourian: Prince Amukamara ready for Missouri receivers
- KCTV Kansas City: Missouri's Offense No Longer A Single-Receiver Threat
- The Missourian: After big return Aldon Smith ready for Nebraska
- Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska D-line not alone in weak rushing defense
- Post-Dispatch: Martinez adds passing to repertoire
- Post-Dispatch: Offensive linemen play starring role for Missouri Tigers
- Corn Nation: Revisiting the 2010 Missouri Tigers
- ESPN.com (Big 12 Blog): Tigers readying for another big challenge
- Rivals.com: The rise of college football's middle class
KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Gary Pinkel on Mizzou's 7-0 start
KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Jerrell Jackson on the Mizzou defense, playing in Lincoln
KC Star: VIDEO: Blair Kerkhoff & Mike Dearmond preview Mizzou vs Nebraska
End of a Rivalry (or "Rivalry")
PowerMizzou: Powered Up: Sorry to say so long
Husker Locker: 11 Memorable Nebraska-Missouri Games
Gabberts in Nebraska
Lincoln Journal-Star: Shawn Watson doesn't dwell on recruiting, then losing, Gabbert brothers
- Post-Dispatch: Not quite any other game for Missouri-bred Huskers
- The Trib (via Detroit Free Press): MU vs MSU would show BCS works
Also: services for Trey Hobson's cousin, who was killed in Columbia last weekend, are this Friday.
And if you're in to such a thing (of course you are), RMN's Mestizo posted a lovely MU-OU highlight video on the YouTubes...
Free the Faurot 30!
- The Trib: Field rushers' arrests questioned
KC Star: Fallout intensifies over MU students' arrests during football celebration
Big 12 Links
- Dr. Saturday: The helmet-to-helmet backlash has already arrived on campus
ESPN.com (Insider): Dan Hawkins sits on America's hottest coaching seat
KC Star (Campus Corner): KU's Torbush covets Self's basketball players (Torbush!!!)
KC Star: Despite rash of injuries, K-State's other receivers are stepping up
Daily Oklahoman: Sooner defense in need of a quick fix
Tulsa World: OSU's Justin Blackmon suspended for one game
Tulsa World: OSU receiver shows he is not a troubled superstar
Daily Oklahoman: Justin Blackmon suspended for KSU game, says 'I made a mistake'
Austin American-Statesman (Cedric Golden): Horns should go back to what they do best: the spread
Dallas Morning News: Mack Brown wants players to take on same leadership qualities as former Longhorns
Dallas Morning News: DeSean Hales could be an up-and-coming receiver for the Longhorns
Double-T Nation: Offensive Matchups | Texas Tech Offense vs. Texas A&M Defense
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Hosts Black & Gold Game
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Tiger Offense Sparks Sweep of Kansas
The Missourian: Missouri blocks Kansas' opportunity for win
MUtigers.com: Gold Strikes First in Fall World Series
The Missourian: Gold wins first game of Missouri's fall World Series
The Missourian: Reserve goalkeeper boosts Missouri
Mizzou Women's Basketball
The Missourian: Missouri to use up-tempo style (Woohoo!)