Mizzou Talking Points Walkthrough
The first home game of the Barry Odom Era is a cupcake following a loss. A rather lopsided loss (against a quality-ish opponent, sure, but still: a loss), and a loss that showed us some potential weak spots in Missouri’s roster and scheme.
The final score matters less against Eastern Michigan than the eye test. Right now, the doomsday prophets among us are already preparing the sandwich boards: The End Is Nigh! Use A Real Nickelback On Slot Receivers! Global Warming Is Real! Josh Heupel Has No Feel For The Game! D-Line Zou is Over!
After Week 1, a lot of talking points were aimed at the dartboard. A cupcake game provides the chance for a few of these darts to find a bullseye.
My prediction: Missouri makes progress in the running game, Josh Heupel strikes a balance between his two precocious signal callers, and adjustments are made in the secondary rotation to cover slot threats more effectively. However, all hell breaks loose after another poor showing by the defensive line, a previously assumed strength. Prepare for end times.
A Few Words of Affection, Carefully Chosen
Nick Chubb, you are great. You were born and raised in a unique slice of Americana. As a young adult, you have carved out your own legacy in another small slice of Americana, the dominant Georgia Bulldog running back. The names ring out: Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Knowshon Moreno, Todd Gurley. Your staccato moniker will soon join them.
Last season, a knee injury injury cost you the entire second half of the season, and a chance to vault your name higher on the school and conference record books. You returned fully healthy this season, as evidenced by a staggering 32 totes in Week 1 against North Carolina; the last of these was a classic Nick Chubb run, a 55 yard run that put the game on ice.
Nick, I am not sure how to describe that run. Was it an explosion? I hesitate to use that term, as it recalls what happened to your knee ten short months ago. Was it a scamper? No, it was too straight-ahead to be a scamper.
Great running backs demand great similes. Some of your peers are battering rams. They can be darts, or arrows, or bowling bowls. Allow me to posit: you are a skee-ball. Your highlight runs begin with promise as you explore your lanes, then a sudden acceleration, a takeoff, and the scoreboard lights up.
Welcome back, Nick. I wish you nothing but full health and many skee-ball-ish runs. Thanks for making our sport better, and best of luck to you every week except for one.
Keegs Poll: Top 5 Games of the Week
Woof, Week 2. This slate is so thin I am not even going to do a proper top 5. You know things are tough when a sizable portion of the matchups feature schools that are also a name (Troy, Mercer, Lamar, Nicholls). And who could forget “El Assico”?
The best games of the week are Virginia Tech vs Tennessee and Arkansas vs TCU. The worst games of the week are all of the rest of them. Run some errands, or something. Build a treehouse that your awful kids can play in for ten hours next week, because week 3 is a BONANZA.
National Talking Points Walkthrough
A few stories emerged after an action-packed Week 1. A handful of marquee games lived up to their top-billed status with absolutely bonkers football. The SEC is total trash, apparently, and it’s over, and it should be folded up and disbanded; the SEC is bad and it should feel bad. And Steve Spurrier did this:
(I would watch a 30 for 30 about that Vine. I have so many questions: why is he wearing a whistle? Do you think Spurrier is a big Usain Bolt fan, or does he root for Americans? How good would Usain Bolt have been in the 90’s Spurrier Fun N Gun? Where did he get that badass t-shirt, and how can I get one?)
Week 1 also saw the emergence of freshmen quarterbacks. In a sport with head coaches slavishly dedicated to conservative, risk-averse decision making, and at a position which has typically demanded years of attendant understudy: this instant talent influx is an unexpected boon.
Not that our dumb sport was hurting for high level hurlers. Deshaun Watson is a true superstar, UCLA’s Josh Rosen is billed as a future NFL fixture, and J.T. Barrett, Baker Mayfield, Chad Kelly and others are high level performers at marquee programs. But a new bumper crop of passers has emerged, and that is a problem for two distinct groups: college football defensive coordinators, and the discerning channel-surfer trying to cram as much entertaining football into a Saturday as possible.
As stated above, this week is lacking for high profile matchups, but you can catch Alabama’s Jalen Hurts against the basketball-on-grass Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky, in the midday slot. Other freshmen that will demand your attention this season are Texas’s Shane Beuchele, Florida State’s Deondre Francois, Georgia’s Jacob Eason. Please enjoy responsibly.
Full Week 2 Schedule
|Friday, Sept. 9, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Online|
|Maryland at FIU||7:30 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|(13) Louisville at Syracuse||8:00 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016|
|Matchup||Time (ET)||TV / Online|
|Penn State at Pittsburgh||Noon||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|UCF at (5) Michigan||Noon||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Central Michigan at (22) Oklahoma State||Noon||FS1 / FS Go|
|Lamar at (6) Houston||Noon||ASN / WatchESPN|
|Nicholls State at (9) Georgia||Noon||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Prairie View A&M at (20) Texas A&M||Noon||SECN Alt. / WatchESPN|
|Wyoming at Nebraska||Noon||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|NC State at East Carolina||Noon||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Cincinnati at Purdue||Noon||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Boston College at UMass||Noon||ASN/SNY / WatchESPN|
|Rice at Army||Noon||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Howard at Rutgers||Noon||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Indiana State at Minnesota||Noon||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|Troy at (2) Clemson||12:30 pm||ACCN / WatchESPN|
|Charleston Southern at (3) Florida State||12:30 pm||FSN Affiliates / ACC-RSN / WatchESPN|
|Stony Brook at Temple||1:00 pm||WatchESPN|
|Utah State at USC||2:00 pm||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Youngstown State at West Virginia||2:00 pm||ROOT SPORTS|
|Georgia State at Air Force||2:00 pm||MWN|
|Ohio at Kansas||2:30 pm||FSN / FS Go|
|Mercer at Georgia Tech||3:00 pm||ACCNExtra / WatchESPN|
|Western Kentucky at (1) Alabama||3:30 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Tulsa at (4) Ohio State||3:30 pm||ABC / WatchESPN|
|Akron at (10) Wisconsin||3:30 pm||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Nevada at (18) Notre Dame||3:30 pm||NBC / NBCSports.com|
|SMU at (23) Baylor||3:30 pm||FS1 / FS Go|
|Kentucky at Florida||3:30 pm||CBS / CBSSports.com|
|Wake Forest at Duke||3:30 pm||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|UConn at Navy||3:30 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Illinois State at Northwestern||3:30 pm||BTN / BTN2Go|
|North Dakota at Bowling Green||3:30 pm||ASN/ALT / WatchESPN|
|Eastern Illinois at Miami (OH)||3:30 pm||WatchESPN|
|Old Dominion at Appalachian State||3:30 pm||ASN / WatchESPN|
|Wofford at (19) Ole Miss||4:00 pm||SECN / WatchESPN|
|Ball State at Indiana||4:00 pm||ESPNEWS / WatchESPN|
|Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt||4:00 pm||SECN Alt. / WatchESPN|
|UTSA at Colorado State||4:00 pm||MWN|
|Portland State at San Jose State||4:30 pm||Not Televised|
|Idaho at (8) Washington||5:00 pm||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Idaho State at Colorado||5:30 pm||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Elon at Charlotte||6:00 pm||C-USA.tv|
|Florida Atlantic at (25) Miami (FL)||6:00 pm||ACCNExtra / WatchESPN|
|Morgan State at Marshall||6:00 pm||beIN SPORTS / Stream|
|North Carolina A&T at Kent State||6:00 pm||WatchESPN|
|Arkansas at (15) TCU||7:00 pm||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|UTEP at (11) Texas||7:00 pm||LHN / WatchESPN|
|ULM at (14) Oklahoma||7:00 pm||PPV|
|South Carolina at Mississippi State||7:00 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Northern Illinois at USF||7:00 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Bethune Cookman at North Texas||7:00 pm||C-USA.tv|
|Maine at Toledo||7:00 pm||WatchESPN|
|Georgia Southern at South Alabama||7:00 pm||ASN / WatchESPN|
|McNeese State at UL Lafayette||7:00 pm||WatchESPN|
|NC Central at Western Michigan||7:00 pm||WatchESPN|
|Savannah State at Southern Miss||7:00 pm||TBA|
|SC State at Louisiana Tech||7:00 pm||C-USA.tv|
|Iowa State at (16) Iowa||7:30 pm||BTN / BTN2Go|
|Jacksonville State at (21) LSU||7:30 pm||ESPNU / WatchESPN|
|Arkansas State at Auburn||7:30 pm||SECN / WatchESPN|
|BYU at Utah||7:30 pm||FOX / FS Go|
|Eastern Michigan at Missouri||7:30 pm||SECN Alt. / WatchESPN|
|North Carolina at Illinois||7:30 pm||BTN / BTN2Go|
|New Mexico at New Mexico State||8:00 pm||AggieVision / WatchESPN|
|Southern at Tulane||8:00 pm||WatchESPN|
|(17) Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech (at Bristol Motor Speedway)||8:00 pm||ABC / WatchESPN|
|UNLV at UCLA||8:00 pm||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|Sacramento State at Fresno State||10:00 pm||TBA|
|Texas Tech at Arizona State||10:00 pm||FS1 / FS Go|
|Washington State at Boise State||10:15 pm||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|
|Virginia at (24) Oregon||10:30 pm||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|California at San Diego State||10:30 pm||CBSSN / CBSSports.com|
|Grambling State at Arizona||10:45 pm||Pac-12N / Pac-12.com|
|UT Martin at Hawaii||12:00 a.m.||OceanicPPV|