Missouri players and coaches admitted that it's impossible to simulate playing against Fournette in practice. If you practice against a running back with speed, you are lacking the size. And if you line up against Missouri defensive lineman Josh Augusta ... you are clearly lacking the speed. [...]
What Missouri doesn't know, though, is whether Fournette will play.
He sat out the team's second game of the year, and then ran for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the following two contests against Mississippi State and Auburn, respectively.
He is listed as questionable for Saturday and wasn't seen at practices on Tuesday.
Missouri defensive line coach Jackie Shipp took his comparison back another generation.
"I don’t know how old you are," he said, "but when I was growing up in Stillwater in the ’70s, I remember Mizzou had some dang good backs. One named James Wilder."
Wilder was Missouri’s thunderous 225-pound running back on Warren Powers’ best teams and went on to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ career rushing leader.
Would Orgeron like to make the passing game a bigger part of LSU’s offense?
"We’d like to," he said Wednesday during the Southeastern Conference teleconference.
"We have a lot of ideas," Orgeron said, "but you can't change the system in one week, so the guys are doing the best that they can tweaking some things that we think can be better."
Whether that or any tendency LSU has shown through the season’s first games will hold remains a mystery — and one Mizzou has to manage, but is being careful not to get too enraptured by.
Does it present a massive challenge?
"It does, because you start defending the unknown and you end up defending nothing," Cross said.
Mizzou’s game plan will center on stopping Fournette — or, if he doesn’t play, bottling up sophomore running back Derrius Guice, whose 8.24-yard average per carry actually dwarfs the gimpy Fournette’s 5.76 average this season.
Prepping for LSU this week is an overthinker's nightmare ... and most coaches are overthinkers. You've got Ed Orgeron out here talking about passing more, but you know you have to still stop Leonard Fournette first. Meanwhile, whether Fournette will play is a complete mystery.
The good news, as it were, is that Guice has been LSU's second-most effective option -- most effective, actually -- and while he's not Fournette's size, he's still a 212-pound mixture of size and speed. (He looks bigger than 212, too.) So even if Fournette doesn't play, your prep work won't completely be for naught.
More good-ish news: LSU is much better at running than throwing, or has been so far. If LSU is throwing more, it might be hard to prepare for, but it also plays away from the team's actual strengths.
First quarter's going to be very interesting on Saturday. (Okay, yes, all four quarters will be, but you know what I'm saying.)
1 day to LSU
We're going to hear a lot about Ed O on Saturday's broadcast
You'll take your chances with the LSU passing game...
...but there's definitely some athleticism there.
"Recognizes the nation’s premier scholar athlete"
A strange situation
We haven't posted much about this lawsuit, filed by SDSU's former women's basketball coach, but it's kind of odd. From what I had read, I'm surprised she won the judgment, but ... I didn't read just a ton on it.
Brilliant analysis here, I realize.