First things first
Making predictions is impossible -- especially when you're talking about Missouri football of late -- but it's nice to lay out what needs to happen. And last year, just about everything that needed to happen, did.
Missouri's first depth chart of the season has been released. There are no surprise starters, but five true freshmen are listed and could receive playing time this year.
- Shotgun Slot XH left, TE right, Z right, RB left
- 4 WR Pistol XY left, HZ right, QB is not underneath the Center, RB lined up behind QB
- Shotgun Spread XY left, HZ right, RB left
- Shotgun Spread XY left, HZ right, RB right
- 3-3-5 Defense 1 DT, 2 DE, 3 LB, 3 safeties, 2 CB
- 4-2-5 Defense 2 DT, 2 DE, 2 LB, 3 Safeties, 2 CB
- Trips Right w/ Slotback receiver XY left, HZ right + slotback/receiver/tight end (S position)
- Trips Right XY left, HZ right, RB wide right
Running back Zach Zenner and an active secondary could allow South Dakota State to stay close to Missouri for a while, but Mizzou's advantages in the trenches should allow the Tigers to pull ahead and win comfortably.
Regardless, after finishing #5 in the final polls in 2013-14, Mizzou looks to have another solid season in 2014-15. But what do they need to do to have more than just a "solid" season and compete for the East again?
Hypothesis SDSU is certainly a good team. One that should challenge the best of the best in the FCS. Luckily, Missouri does not play in the FCS, which LEADS US TO OUR HYPOTHESIS: South Dakota State's combination of a few very talented players and a lack of experience should ensure that this game stays interesting for a total of 1.5 quarters.
As for South Carolina, well Dylan Thompson just didn't look very good. Seemed to me that if you can hit him, you can rattle him, which we know going back to last year's game in Columbia. Everyone touted South Carolina's massive offensive line and great running back Mike Davis as a reason for Spurrier's chance to make a serious run this season - and maybe they still can, but I certainly didn't see much impact from either when they were down much of the game.
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Mizzou will be rocking all black (Duron Singleton pictured)
The freak-out meter is running hot at South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Sure, it’s one game and plenty of season remains. But the Gamecocks and Commodores either needed more preseason prep time or they aren’t who we thought they were. We’ll know more in a couple of weeks. Either way, it may bode well for others with title aspirations in the SEC East. Georgia, Missouri and Florida just saw the division favorite smacked around on its home turf by the team projected to finish sixth in the West in the media poll released at SEC Media Days.
Missouri’s 2014 recruiting class is complete — or as complete as it’s going to be — after defensive end Walter Brady and safety Tavon Ross were cleared to enroll late this week. The Tigers have 26 true freshmen* on the roster.
No. 10 South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-5, 5-3 FCS Missouri Valley last year)
Last time out: South Dakota State's 2013 season ended in the second round of the FCS playoffs with a 41-17 loss to eventual semifinalist Eastern Washington. The Eagles held All-World Everything running back Zach Zenner to 71 yards on 21 carries and ran for 287 yards of their own. The game was tied, 14-14, at the half, but Eastern Washington scored on three of their first four drives out of halftime, gaining 12.4 yards a play in the process.
This is from the perspective of someone who’s been around the program, though not in the locker room, but If I were to single out the three Mizzou players of the Gary Pinkel era who were the most respected and most admired by their teammates for their play, their leadership and their attitude, the list starts with quarterback Brad Smith. I’m talking about the ultimate ambassadors for the program. Great players and dynamic personalities. Defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams comes in second. Then you’ve got linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Golden is coming close to joining their company. And that’s a huge statement for a guy who needed the junior college detour to reach Columbia and, until Saturday, has been a reserve player.
Saturday Football Schedule
If last year is any indication, the OLD picks will do better until there's enough data for the NEW picks to take over. In Week 1 in 2013, the NEW picks, which also project FCS-vs-FBS games, went 17-13 in those games and 20-25 in FBS-vs-FBS games. The OLD picks, meanwhile, went 30-15 in FBS-vs-FBS games. I don't expect 30-15 again, but I would expect the older, simpler arrangement to once again do better out of the chutes.
Future Mizzou opponents, UCF, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, and Toledo.
(Mizzou opponents bolded)
|Time||Road team||Home team||TV||Streaming|
|8:30 a.m. (Dublin, Ireland)||UCF||Penn State||ESPN 2||WatchESPN|
|Noon||Youngstown State||Illinois||Big Ten Network||BTN2GO|
|Noon||UT Martin||Kentucky||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|3:30 p.m.||South Dakota State||No. 24 Missouri||ESPN U||WatchESPN|
|4 p.m.||Arkansas||No. 6 Auburn||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|5:30 p.m.||No. 16 Clemson||No. 12 Georgia||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|7 p.m.||Idaho||Florida||ESPN U||WatchESPN|
|7 p.m.||New Hampshire||Toledo||WatchESPN|
|7:30 p.m.||Southern Miss||Mississippi State||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|8 p.m. (Arlington, TX)||Oklahoma State||No. 1 Florida State||ABC||WatchESPN|
|9 p.m. (Houston, TX)||No. 14 Wisconsin||No. 13 LSU||ESPN||WatchESPN|
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The average American male experiences 76 college football seasons in his lifetime. Make every one count. Make every one count.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) August 27, 2014
This poll is closed