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Georgia’s Kirby Smart on Missouri: “They stop themselves. People don’t stop them.”

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Leave it to an opposing coach to describe Mizzou’s offense in a pretty apt way:

While the Tigers plod into Athens, Ga., on a four-game losing streak, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is mindful of Mizzou’s firepower. Lock leads all Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks with eight pass plays of 50 yards or more. Moore leads the country with four 50-yard receptions. A year ago, Lock threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns in a one-point loss to Georgia.

Turnovers, Smart noted, were Mizzou’s trouble last season and again this fall.

“They were very hard to defend last year, and they are very hard to defend this year,” Smart said this week. “They stop themselves. People don’t stop them.”

Now, that’s a little bit of “Oh no, our next opponent is so good, I just don’t know how we’re going to compete” coach-spin (Kirby Smart did learn from Nick Saban, after all), but ... it’s not that far from the truth.

Mizzou has fumbled twice as many times as its opponents (though granted, the Tigers have still been drastically unlucky regarding the tiny percentage of those fumbles they have recovered), and they have had 22 passes defensed (intercepted or broken up) to their opponent’s nine. Mizzou’s turnovers luck has been dreadful this year, but the turnover opportunities are also drastically in opponents’ favor.

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