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The Thursday Watercooler is concerned about tackling, but thinks Shane Ray is definitely a first round prospect, and thinks playing West Virginia in 2016 might be a pretty neat way to show the Big 12 up, all while listening to the soothing sounds of Rock M Radio!

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Football: Michael Scherer, Tackling, Talks Abouts

Competitive roots have cultivated success for Missouri football's Michael Scherer - Columbia Missourian

Playing against Florida, Tennessee’s A.J. Johnson recorded his senior season’s 51st hit. That gave him one more than Scherer, who spent Saturday watching his team’s bye weekend on television.

Gary Pinkel on the SEC Teleconference: Week 7 - Columbia Daily Tribune

Talk About Stuff.

Sasser thrives as go-to threat after patiently waiting his turn - Columbia Daily Tribune

The day after Missouri’s loss to Indiana, Coach Gary Pinkel made a confession to Bud Sasser.

Pinkel, Richt talk MU-UGA matchup : Dave Matter

The Tigers held South Carolina to a season-low 338 yards of offense in the 21-20 comeback victory two weeks ago.  "When they hit our guys we went straight down," Spurrier said. "We didn’t fall forward for an extra 3 or 4 yards. It was straight down."

Beat writer Q&A: Breaking down Missouri | Bulldogs Beat with Seth Emerson |

Matter: The game sold out a few days ago, and with the slightly expanded capacity, this should be the biggest home crowd since the 1980s. (The capacity shrunk in 1995 when the stadium was reconfigured.) Fans don’t seem to like the early kickoffs, especially those who have to travel a few hours from St. Louis, Kansas City or Springfield, etc. (They may not get as much time to tailgate, but I still suspect the stadium will be at capacity.) Home games here are generally more raucous at night, especially at kickoff, but last year’s Florida game, also an 11 a.m. start, became a great atmosphere — maybe not at the same level as last year’s night games against South Carolina and Texas A&M, but about as good as it gets for the early kickoff. The Indiana game zapped some buzz out of the season, but maybe the buzz was reclaimed with the comeback at South Carolina. - Opposing View: Georgia

Each week this season, will break down Missouri's upcoming opponent with a visiting beat writer. Before the Tigers host No. 13-Georgia on Saturday, we chatted with Seth Emerson of the The Telegraph newspaper in Macon, Ga. - Positive strides

While warming up for an eventual 21-20 win over South Carolina, Missouri center Evan Boehm looked to his right. He met the gaze of a familiar face, but one he hadn't lined up next to in a game this season. Smiling at right tackle-turned-right guard Connor McGovern, Boehm said, "Welcome back."

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#DLineZou: Shane Ray, Markus Golden, Lucas Vincent

SCOUTING MISSOURI | Breaking Down the Defensive Line of the Missouri Tigers | The Blawg House

When you watch Missouri, the thing that jumps out at you is you know exactly where the strength of this team is - the defensive line.  Before the season, one could have probably said that Clemson's DL was going to be the toughest Georgia would face all year. Now, however, on film, it is most definitely the Missouri Tiger defensive front. Their stats speak for themselves:

Report: Missouri DE Shane Ray shoots up draft boards -

Multiple NFL scouts told's The Inside Read that Ray has gone from being regarded as a second-day draft prospect (second or third round) to possibly being a top-10 pick in the first round. That would make him one of the fastest-rising prospects in the college game, if not the fastest riser of all.

Opposing view: Richt compares MU D-ends to former Florida State D-ends - Columbia Daily Tribune

When discussing Missouri defensive ends Shane Ray and Markus Golden during his Tuesday news conference, Georgia Coach Mark Richt reminisced about his tenure as a quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator at Florida State under Bobby Bowden from 1990-2000.

T.J.'s Take: Defensive Overview of Mizzou Coming Out of the Bye >

Meanwhile, how about what we’ve gotten the last couple weeks from the Defensive tackles? Matt Hoch showed up big at South Carolina. He’s the most solid guy I ever played against. And by solid, I mean you simply cannot move the kid. His first year at Mizzou, Matt was a tight end. Often times when you catch a pass, the defense gets a free shot at you since you’re focused on the ball and aren’t ready to brace for impact. Not the case with Matt. It didn’t matter if he saw you coming or not. If you tried hitting Matt Hoch up high, you were the one going to the ground, not him. He’s carried that same "solid" play into the defensive line.

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West Virginia Scheduling Rumors and Recruiting Roundup

Charleston Daily Mail | Chuck McGill: Pitt set for W.Va. return while WVU targets SEC road game in ‘16

Indications are that Missouri is the school with which WVU is negotiating a football contract. Missouri plays in the Southeastern Conference’s East Division and has zero non-conference games scheduled for the 2016 season. WVU could slide into the Tigers’ season-opening slot in a game played in Columbia, Mo., the weekend before the Mountaineers begin their home slate against Youngstown State on Sept. 10, 2016. - Recruiting Mailbag: 1st Edition

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Mizzou Hoops: Wes Clark and Maui Invitational

Missouri’s Wes Clark hopes off-court changes spur on-court success | The Kansas City Star

First-year Missouri coach Kim Anderson initially wasn’t sure what to make of point guard Wes Clark. Clark averaged 4.1 points and 2.2 rebounds as a freshman last season. He showed flashes of the talent that led Rivals to dub him a four-star recruit, the No. 14 point guard in the nation and No. 72 player overall in the 2013 recruiting class.

2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Travel Guide: Missouri Tigers Edition - Rock M Nation

This Thanksgiving, Missouri will be traveling to the island of Maui for the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational where it will join Arizona, BYU, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State , and...

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Net Results 10-8-14: Soccer starts tough final stretch this weekend at Auburn - Chris L Turner

The Tigers have won seven of their last eight matches, but the final six games of the year present a tough test before the SEC Tournament in November. 

Media day musings: Kreklow discusses upcoming match vs. Auburn, consecutive losses - Columbia Daily Tribune

The Missouri volleyball team lost consecutive matches for the first time this season when the Tigers were swept at Mississippi last week and fell in four sets at Georgia. That came after a stretch during which MU won seven of eight matches.