EJ Liddell commits today
Happy Monday and happy first day of October, y’all!
Oh, I’d be remiss to not remind you that today is also the biggest day of the Mizzou Hoops’ offseason!
Cuonzo Martin and staff have spent the better part of the past year working to woo the Belleville blue-chipper to come to Columbia, and we’ll know soon whether or not their efforts were enough. As Sam covered in links yesterday, everyone is mostly going on guess work.
The purported leader for months has been Ohio State, this has been mostly guess work but we’re also talking about most of the respected national recruiting writers like Eric Bossi, Brian Snow, Jerry Meyer, and Andrew Slater. And again, Missouri has long viewed Ohio State as the biggest threat, meaning the Buckeyes were likely long the team to beat.
So while the easy (and probably correct) play would be to lay the bet on Ohio State, there’s enough of a reason to hope E.J. could shock everyone and pick the Tigers.
There’s no point in any further analysis. At this point all we can do is wait. And hope...
Game faces on! It’s South Carolina week!
I have to admit, the bye week is somewhat nice. Not having to get all worked up about what Mizzou is going to do and just getting to enjoy the rest of the week in football has an appealing ease to it.
But who am I kidding? It’s nice to have game week back again.
Mitchell Forde at PowerMizzou wins for quickest preview content available as he takes a look at where the team stands at the bye week.
The big question facing Barry Odom remains whether his team can beat another team bound for the postseason... key games that would instill confidence that Odom’s teams can beat better competition [in addition to Saturday’s game in South Carolina] will come at Florida and against Kentucky.
The State in South Carolina also has an early scouting report up on our beloved Tigers.
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock sits ninth nationally with 320.8 passing yards per game. A candidate to be the No. 1 pick in draft, Lock is 1-2 against the Gamecocks in his career with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s secondary is thinning as safeties Jamyest Williams and J.T. Ibe went down with injuries at Kentucky.
That bit about the thing secondary is certainly an interesting piece of information. Drew Lock doesn’t really have much shot at winning the Heisman anymore, but tearing up every opposing defense he sees — save, y’know, Bama — would be a good way to pick up a few signature wins and get 9 or 10 wins in his final Mizzou year. A hampered defense would be a great place to start.
And while we have to wait another few days to see how the bye week affected the Tigers, their national stock actually rose in some circles. Well, at least the one we really like.
Even with a loss on their resume, Mizzou is still a borderline Top 25 team by advanced analytics. A road win this weekend couldn’t hurt either!
Finally, BenFred at the St. Louis Post Dispatch contradicts Pete’s own take by saying Mizzou should take a look at the grad transfer QB market this year.
Junior college transfer Lindsey Scott Jr. was supposed to emerge as the clear-cut backup until he took center stage next season. Well, the former LSU signee has not yet cracked the depth chart. And he didn’t even make the travel roster for the Purdue game. That’s a concerning sign, when you remember the coaching staff’s pursuit of Scott occurred after an analysis of internal options.
All this talk about not having Drew Lock is depressing. Let’s leave it for another few weeks, shall we?
- More Nebraska schadenfreude! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
- Mizzou is still getting votes, and Kentucky inches closer to the Top 10 in the latest AP poll.
- Despite his weird insistence on harping his alma mater, Pat Forde’s Forde Yard Dash is always entertaining. This time, he’s looking back on the month of college football.
- And, for the latest Mizzou bowl projections:
ESPN: Music City Bowl vs. Virginia Tech; Liberty Bowl vs. TCU
Saturday Down South: Music City Bowl vs. Duke
SB Nation: Texas Bowl vs. TCU
Sports Illustrated: Liberty Bowl vs. Oklahoma State