Heupel says Missouri's running game is "light years ahead" of where it was at the beginning of the season— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 18, 2016
Missouri OL coach Glen Elarbee: OL took a step backward at Florida in terms of physicality but said today was best Tues practice of the year— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 18, 2016
Here's OL coach Glen Elarbee on Mizzou's 5 false starts at The Swamp ... (Florida had 8!) pic.twitter.com/xalso8ad3f— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 19, 2016
"There were definitely areas when we watched (the film), it was kind of sickening," [Paul Adams] said. "We saw plays that we definitely could’ve finished our blocks longer. The 6-yard runs could’ve turned into 16- to 20(-yard runs)."
Crockett, who leads the Tigers with 390 yards rushing and a 7.2-yard average per carry, didn’t mind the offensive line’s self-critical assessment and believes the game could mark a turning point for a run game that had averaged 86 yards rushing in losses to Georgia and LSU.
Missouri's run game has been a hard thing to evaluate this year. It was pretty bad until the last couple of games, but in the last couple of games it was only good after Mizzou fell behind. The line doesn't seem to get much push sometimes, and Mizzou's running backs (Damarea Crockett in particular) have had to squirt through smaller holes than you'd like to see. Other times, the backs don't necessarily seem to see or quickly take advantage of decent-sized holes.
It's hard for me to properly evaluate who's doing what well (and how often) after six games. Here's where I tend to lean on the numbers. Here's a quick rundown of Mizzou's advanced rushing stats (and how I would normally interpret them if I were talking about some other team):
- 110th in Rushing S&P+, 79th in Adj. Line Yards. Line yards are obviously a very generalized stat, but when there's this much of a difference in the two rankings I tend to think of the backs dragging the line down a bit. And when you've got two backs with drastically different individual stats -- Ish Witter has a 27% opportunity rate (% of carries gaining at least five yards) and 3.3 highlight yards per opportunity (open-field proficiency), and Crockett is at 52 percent and 6.2, respectively -- I tend to hone in on a particular culprit. Goodness knows Witter doesn't have a ton of unabashed fans at Mizzou, but in my head, the number of times when I've thought "AHH! He missed the opening!" with Witter this year hasn't been nearly as high as in years past.
- 123rd in rushing success rate. Dreadful, though it's gone slightly up in recent weeks. I believe Mizzou's nadir was 126th a few weeks ago, and when you don't run much (and your games are only out of garbage time for a half or so), you don't get that many opportunities to move up. Of course, when the game wasn't in garbage time, Mizzou's rushing success rate was in the 20s both of the last two weeks (national average: 40%). Is garbage time the reason Mizzou's been doing better? Has it just taken a while to establish a rhythm?
- 105th in rushing IsoPPP. Missouri has eight rushes of 20-plus yards (72nd in FBS) and zero of 40-plus (one of only 11 teams to say that). Crockett has shown massive potential here, but it's still been sporadic.
- 14th in power success rate, 27th in stuff rate. These numbers are excellent! I tend to look at these as the numbers most directly in your control, and considering Mizzou has faced two top-10 defenses (per Def. S&P+) and two more in the top 40, that's excellent. Mizzou keeps defenders out of the backfield and gets just enough of a push (often with help from Josh Augusta) to move the chains in short yardage. That's very good. And the other numbers are very bad.
Okay, that didn't really clear up the picture very much, did it?
Mizzou's defense, by the way: 106th in Rushing S&P+. Don't worry, the Airing of Grievances, Defense Edition is coming.
3 days to Homecoming
Los Angeles Rams, Center
The Los Angeles Rams lost, 23-31, in Detroit on Sunday. Barnes made his sixth start of the season at center for the Rams. Barnes contributed to protecting quarterback Case Keenum as he was sacked only once. The Rams fall to 3-3 and travel overseas to London to take on the Giants next Sunday.
Arizona Cardinals, Center
Boehm saw time on special teams in the Cardinals' 28-3 trouncing of the New York Jets. The Cardinals improve to 3-3 and host the Seattle Seahawks next weekend.
Seattle Seahawks, Center
Britt started at center in the Seahawks 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Seattle's offensive line was able to protect Russell Wilson effectively as Wilson was only sacked once. Also, the Seahawks lost yardage on just two running plays in the game. Overall, the offensive line has been seen as an improvement as the season has progressed as the Seahawks are now 4-1. They travel to Glendale to face the Cardinals next Sunday night.
Kansas City Chiefs, Center
Morse made his fifth start of the season at Center for the Chiefs on Sunday. Morse and the Chiefs offensive line paved the way for a 26-point performance against the stingy Raiders defense. Kansas City won by a score of 26-10.
Holy crap, the injuries
Junior forward Bri Porter tore the ACL in her left knee in recent days, an injury that will likely end her playing career, Tigers coach Robin Pingeton said Tuesday. It’s the second time Porter has torn her left ACL. She’s torn the same ligament in her right knee three times.
Earlier this month, Mizzou lost senior forward Jordan Frericks for the season with a torn ACL. Frericks, the team’s No. 2 scorer last year and leading rebounder each of the last three seasons, is expected to return for a redshirt senior year in 2017-18.
Swimming & Diving
Top Five time!