1. Missouri’s first conference game of the season gets the 11 am treatment.
Get ready to crack those beers early, folks.
It’s a pretty big surprise that Missouri-Georgia gets an 11 am CT kick time. Here’s the full slate for Week 4:
I don’t like it, but it does make sense that ESPN would go with Florida-Tennessee in one of the night slots. They’re “name” schools even if they are — ahem —not playing so great this year. What’s most befuddling to me is that Louisiana Tech-LSU game at night; the other non-conference game that day (Kent State-Ole Miss) gets an 11 am kick. Is night time in Death Valley against Louisiana Tech really that big of a draw for ESPN to put on its family of networks at night?
My working theory is that ESPN believes Georgia will be in contention for the playoffs all year, and doesn’t want to use one of its two six-day options on Georgia this early in the season. The Bulldogs still have games against Florida, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee — and each of those games has either (1) CFP intrigue or (2) a storied history.
Either way, Missouri is 1-1 against Georgia when it has an 11 am kick. That’s Missouri’s lone win against Georgia since joining the SEC. So the Tigers have that going for them.
2. Wrapping up the Wyoming game
Tuesday, it’s on to Purdue. But there’s still some residual Cowboys content coming out after Missouri’s 40-13 walloping of Wyoming.
First, Lock’s performance (449 total yards, 5 TDs) garnered him “Star of the Week” honors from the Manning Award.
And here’s the recap video from the athletic department, along with the dulcet tones of Mike Kelly:
Dave Matter has some astute observations in his wrap-up notebook — and a lot are echoed in our own David Morrison’s Snap Counts from earlier today.
Note to opposing defenses: Maybe don’t put a linebacker one-on-one with Emanuel Hall.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Like I alluded to earlier, David Morrison’s Snap Counts this week are very eye-opening, including some new defensive formations that worked pretty dang well against Wyoming.
- Ryan Herrera takes a deeper look at some of the notable stats from Sunday, including the fact that Drew Lock will likely surpass both Manning brothers in career touchdown passes this season.
- Hey, it’s my podcast with David “Return of the Mack” Morrison. Please listen to it. We talk about Missouri football. I’ll get better.
- No Missouri players won any weekly conference awards, and not much of an argument for offensive POTW, Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill. Dude was insane against K-State, at least nominally a Power 5 opponent this year.
- Missouri women’s golf opened its season on Monday, and is currently tied for ninth after one day at the Minnesota Invitational.
- If you thought Missouri’s post-touchdown fireworks were a bad idea, check this out:
We almost blew up a football player. pic.twitter.com/pskdnSNHr2— UTSA Memes (@utsa_memes) September 9, 2018
- It’s ZED, and, no, Neil Peart stands alone: