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Missouri ranks 20th in the latest College Football Playoff committee rankings, the offensive line is playing with confidence, Harold Brantley is good at speechifying, and Mike Scherer has football-shaped DNA.

Paul Halfacre

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Can I interest you in a short Magic Mike Scherer feature?

What about a piece about Mizzou Soccer's Jessica Herrman from the good folks at KBIA Sports?

Maybe some highlights of a women's basketball team that has looked awfully good so far?

We're No. 20! We're No. 20! We're No. 20!

The Trib: Missouri No. 20 in latest College Football Playoff rankings
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou debuts in CFP poll at No. 20
The Missourian: Missouri ranked 20th in College Football Playoff

Closing the book on A&M...

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Missouri Notes: The "Russell Hansbrough Ran for a lot of Yards" edition

Offensive line coach A.J. Ricker has been harping on his players to finish blocks, basically, ever since the cracks started showing in the line in earnest against Indiana.

He wouldn't say they're where they need to be yet. But they're looking a lot more like he wants them to.

"I tell the guys, 'Play with confidence,'" Ricker said. "You can't go up there like, 'Man, I hope I block him.' What's that? Go up there with the mindset and confidence that you're going to block your tail off for six seconds, or as long as it takes. That's the way you've got to play. At times you get beat and start second-guessing yourself, but you can't play football that way. At least I don't think so.

"You have to go and say, 'I'm the best right guard in the country. I don't care what anyone says.' And play with that confidence. I think the guys are getting more confidence. You can see the confidence after the game with the guys. They know they weren't perfect. Shoot, nobody is. But it's good to see the finishing and stuff we've sold in practice paying off."

The Trib: There's just something about MU when it hits the road

Missouri’s Harold Brantley fired up teammates by invoking history before A&M win | The Kansas City Star

"We like our backs being against the wall, because it just means that there’s no turning back," said junior defensive end Shane Ray, a Bishop Miege graduate. "Harold gave a speech about these warriors going to this island, where they were outnumbered 10-to-1 and the general of the warriors that went to the island burnt all the boats and said, ‘It’s either win or die.’ We preached that, that’s what we want to play like and that’s how we’re going to approach each one of these games. Our back’s against the wall, but that’s how we like it. It’s either win or nothing."

Senior defensive end Markus Golden insists that Missouri doesn’t need impassioned speeches to understand what it’s playing for, but …

"Just putting on the Mizzou uniform gets us going, but there ain’t nothing wrong with Harold adding fuel to the fire," Golden said. "It was a good speech. It got us going and got everybody fired up."

PowerMizzou: Tuesday's Top Tigers: Texas A&M

And a little bit of recruiting talk...
PowerMizzou: Recruiting Roundup: 11/18

Interested in going to the Arkansas game?
MUTIGERS.COM: G.A. Ticket Four-Pack for Arkansas Game Announced

Basketball tonight!

MUTIGERS.COM: Tigers Next Take On Oral Roberts on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena
The Trib (Courtside View): Anderson wants Williams more involved (and other notes)
Post-Dispatch: Missouri-Oral Roberts preview box

A DGB piece you should read simply because it's a good piece (and only partially about DGB)

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Futures: Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham

Round 2 on Friday

The Missourian: Missouri soccer: 5 things we've learned going into NCAA second round

Big wins have kept Tigers afloat

Missouri earned important victories at then-No. 14 South Carolina and then-No. 17 Georgia during the regular season. Blitz said those matches likely contributed to his team making the NCAA Tournament field.

The Tigers' defeat of the rival Jayhawks last weekend proved to be their third win against a ranked opponent.

For its season to continue, Missouri now has to fend off Washington, which is ranked No. 24 in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll.