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Mizzou Links: Recruiting Texas, naming a rivalry, and being "aware what's out there"

The uh... [checks calender] Thursday Watercooler catches up with quotes from Gary Pinkel about recruiting and playing without Braylon Webb for the first half of Texas A&M. Quotes from Kim Anderson about improving offense and player consistency. The Mizzou vs Arkansas rivalry gets a name and sponsor. Women's soccer falls to S. Carolina

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Todd Bennett

What's On - Rock M Radio

Listen to the dulcet tones of Sam Snelling and Jack Peglow as they get updates from Chris Turner on Mizzou soccer and volleyball, then bring the Columbia Tribune's Steve Walentik on to talk Mizzou Hoops. Also, they #talkabout Kentucky.

Recruiting Texas and Safety, Webb

Gary Pinkel on the SEC teleconference: Week 11 - David Morrison

Have you seen recruiting returns diminish in Texas with the new emphasis on the Southeast?

We lost coaches there, but we still have a good number of players on our team from Texas. It's worked real well. It'll play itself out in the next couple of years, but we want to have a presence in the Dallas area, Houston area, and we'll select and recruit different parts of Texas. That's been very good to us. We're doing, I think, well in Florida, Georgia, the Nashville area. We're making progress in those areas, too. It's going to play itself out."

Pinkel on SEC East: "We're aware what's out there" : Dave Matter

"We can do some different things," Pinkel said. "We’ll make a decision for sure by Monday by the time we get our depth (chart) out. Braylon has to sit out the first half. We’re not punishing him for anything. He tried to get down. He lowered his head. … We teach you to bow your neck so you protect yourself. There was no malice on his part. He tried to (bow his neck). If you watch the film and walk it through, you can see what he was doing. It just didn’t work out. The good news is we get him back in the second half." - Recruiting Roundup: 11/4 - Mizzou wows 2016 WR

"They were into the game," Banks said of the Faurot Field crowd. "There were a lot of them. They were everywhere. I've been to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. It topped both of them. It's similar, but I don't know why, I just like Missouri better."

SEC Projections

According to this chart, the SEC East is NOT the worst division in college football? Huh.

Via USA Today

Updated SEC projections through 10 weeks - Football Study Hall

So basically, Missouri simply has to lose the same number of games (in three tries) as Georgia does (in two). If Georgia falls to Auburn, Missouri can fall to either Tennessee, Texas A&M, or Arkansas. If Georgia loses to both Kentucky and Auburn, Missouri can go 1-2 (which might introduce Florida into the race*). If Georgia wins out, Missouri has to win out. The projections have Missouri basically winning 1.8 of three games while Georgia wins 1.1. Mizzou probably has a mulligan to give, but all three of its remaining games are pretty tightly projected.

The SEC West's Place in the Playoff Puzzle - Football Study Hall

The SEC West's unprecedented performance in 2014 will force the inaugural selection committee to answer one challeging question: What constitutes fair representation in the inaugural playoff for college football's premier division?

Battle Line Rivalry

MUTIGERS.COM Battle Line Rivalry Announced for Annual Mizzou-Arkansas Football Game

Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas and Missouri will meet on the football field next month in the first edition of the Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance. The new football series pits the SEC's Eastern Division against the Western Division and provides a natural rivalry between Missouri and Arkansas.

This made me chuckle:

Arkansas and Missouri Decide On "Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance" for Game Name - Arkansas Fight

With Arkansas and Missouri now and forever more forced to be Thanksgiving weekend rivals, it should be no surprise the two schools would do something to make it some sort of trademarked affair in the vein of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party or the Red River Shootout (even though the politically correct bigwigs have tried to get both those names changed). "ARMOgeddon" seemed to be catching on with fans online.

Men's Hoops - #FeedthePost

Going to go ahead and make the #FeedThePost hashtag a thing for this season.

Mizzou relying on Rosburg, Post early – The Maneater

Anderson will be relying on forwards Ryan Rosburg and Keanau Post for his interior offense, and likes how they’ve progressed to this point. He says the team will often be throwing the ball inside, but how they’ll accomplish that remains to be seen.

Anderson looking for offensive improvement in second exhibition - Steve Walentik | Columbia Daily Tribune

"I think the idea of defense, defense, defense, defense, defense — I think that’s been overemphasized a little bit," he said Wednesday as he met with reporters before practice at Mizzou Arena. "I like offense. I liked to score. I shot it every time when I was playing, so I want offense to be important too." Anderson couldn’t help but be pleased with the defensive effort and execution in the Tigers’ exhibition opener against William Jewell. They held the Cardinals to 9-for-52 shooting, forced 16 turnovers and came up with 12 steals in a 72-31 rout on Oct. 29.

Lady Tigers

Women's Hoops survived their exhibition game.

Women's soccer did not survive their SEC tournament game.