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Taking the Good with the Bad: SEMO

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Examining Mizzou’s beatdown of SEMO.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 18 Southeast Missouri at Missouri Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good

  • This week was a good week in the QB room. Bazelak, Cook and Macon all got time at QB and they all managed to lead scoring drives. Missouri is fortunate to have an entrenched starter at QB in Bazelak, but they also have something pretty special behind him in Cook and Macon. Both have bright futures ahead of them and it was nice to see them get on the field and be rewarded for their effort.
  • The offensive line played a pretty clean game despite them being without Case Cook. They played almost everyone, and managed not to give up a sack the entire game. In addition they paved the way for a solid rushing performance. They handled their business and we got to see some of the depth on display. Win-Win.
  • I enjoy watching Tyler Badie play football. He’s a do it all back and he’s really on the verge of having a season to remember for Missouri. Through three games he’s got 487 yards from scrimmage and 6 TD’s.
  • The future is bright for Missouri at wide receiver. They have plenty of speed and a few guys with bigger frames. There’s a lot to like here, and seeing guys like JJ Hester, Chance Luper or Boo Smith get into the end zone the way they did was exciting to see.
  • Is Harrison Mevis the best kicker in the SEC? He has the leg strength, the accuracy and has been perfect so far this year. In a world where, #CollegeKickers are a running joke, Mevis is a secret weapon for Missouri.
  • The starting defense was solid. They controlled the game and had their most complete showing to date. I don’t know that I’m ready to say the game was a turning point because of the opponent, but it wasn’t bad. They handled their business.
  • Games like this may seem meaningless, but this was a good game for Missouri to play. They won convincingly and took care of business. It was never in doubt. It’s also just good for morale when everybody can get into the game and play a little bit. On the flip side, buy games like these help the SEMO athletic department function and that’s a good thing too. I wouldn’t be opposed to Missouri scheduling the regional Missouri schools, (SEMO, MO St, maybe even NW MO St) on a rotating basis and spread that money around.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 18 Southeast Missouri at Missouri Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Bad

You could nitpick this game apart if you wanted, but there’s only one real “negative” takeaway from this game.

Missouri still has a ways to go in building this program to compete with the better teams in the SEC. They lack the thing that Georgia, Florida, and Alabama all have— depth. And their lack of depth showed in the end of the game when SEMO began to run it up on Mizzou’s second and third string. They’re building this thing up the right way, but they still need a couple more recruiting classes at their current level in order to acquire that depth.

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