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Mizzou Football officially favored in Week One vs. Central Michigan

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Another injury, official lines and... walk ball?

We’re officially less than two weeks out from game day, Tiger fans. Take a deep breath. It’s all coming together. We’re in the home stretch. So let’s check in on the boys and see how they’re doing...

We already know Mizzou is missing Ja’Mori Maclin and Mookie Cooper, possibly through Week One. However, we also got some confirmation of the negative variety on Sunday when blue-chip freshman defensive end Kyran Montgomery posted the following on his Instagram story.

It’s a blow for Mizzou’s end depth, as Montgomery and Travion Ford were likely going to get some snaps in the early going. Montgomery, Mizzou’s highest ranked recruit in the 2021 class, will get that medical redshirt year and should be back in time for 2022. Best of luck on the road to recovery, Ky! We’re all rooting for you!

Speaking of Week One, Las Vegas is officially setting odds on all games now, including games between current SEC programs playing Group of 5 programs with former SEC head coaches.

That... seems like a lot, especially considering that Central Michigan is pretty good (???) under Jim McElwain. At the very least, Central Michigan won’t be the pushover we’re used to seeing in early September, so this seems like an optimistic line. Should Mizzou come out victorious on Sept. 4? No doubt. But should they be favored by almost two touchdowns? Well, maybe let’s slow our roll there.

Still, if the team is showing any tension in relation to the coming season and the already unfortunate number of impactful injuries, they don’t seem to be showing it. Instead, they’re caught up in an intense game of [checks notes] walk ball? Am I saying that right, “walk ball”?

This seems exceedingly goofy and directly in Drink’s wheelhouse. It actually reminds me of a few weeks ago when I accidentally stumbled upon speed walking during the Tokyo Olympics and was blown away that it was a competitive sport. ANYWAY, Coach Drink needs some work in walk ball. That’s my takeaway here.

For an extremely in-depth football takeaway from the weekend, be sure to read Dave Matter’s recap of Saturday practice, which includes all of the following:

  • Injury reports (without details, but still)
  • An early look at the first team defense and offensive units, including some spicy names popping up the second team defense (I see you, Arden Walker!)
  • Some commentary on strong play from Blaze Alldredge, Dominic Lovett, Ennis Rakestraw, and a few others

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