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Dan Mullen's had only happy trips to Columbia. It might be time to change that.

Here are today's Mizzou GAMEDAY Links.

Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

Highlights for a couple of in-state prospects.

McCluer North WR Harry Ballard:

CBC RB Trey Bryant:

Why are we looking at these? Because...


I kind of doubt Missouri gets involved again with Bryant because unless they are officially counting out Morgan Steward from ever returning (and I don't think they are), they don't need any more RBs.

Ballard, on the other hand? With Thomas Richard transferring, the Tigers might decide to go after another WR in this class, and Ballard, the No. 5 player in the state according to Rivals, could get a serious look. He hasn't received an offer -- this has been the weirdest year yet when it comes to the correlation between Mizzou offers and state rankings, plus grades have been a concern for Ballard in the past and might not be anymore -- because of the numbers crunch but might now. Something to watch.

Some more recruiting links
PowerMizzou: Bledsoe looking for 'that special feeling'

Mizzou Tigers pennant 15 hours to Mississippi State

Woohoo! Weather Underground is now saying it might not rain the entire game now! Only for large chunks of it! That's improvement over yesterday's forecast!

Ugh, tonight is going to be miserable. Here's to hoping the game itself isn't.

Post-Dispatch: Pinkel, Mullen cross paths again

This is not Mullen’s first visit to Columbia. He was Bowling Green’s quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer when they spoiled Pinkel’s first game as Mizzou’s head coach in the 2001 season opener. It was Meyer’s first game as a college head coach. A year later, Meyer and Mullen’s team beat the Tigers again in Bowling Green, Ohio. [...]

In March of 2008, Mullen was back in Columbia, this time visiting with Pinkel’s offensive staff to learn about the Tigers’ no-huddle offense. Mullen was Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Florida, heading into his last season with the Gators. In 2009, Mullen would take over at Mississippi State. At the time Dave Christensen was MU’s coordinator with David Yost coaching quarterbacks.

Might be nice for Mullen to have a bad trip to Como for once...

Post-Dispatch: Defending Prescott no easy chore for Mizzou
Post-Dispatch: 5 things to watch: Missouri vs. Mississippi State

The Trib (David Morrison): On the Beat with...the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Michael Bonner

Why has it been such a struggle getting the tailback run game going? Is it just a matter of liking what they have with Prescott better, or have there been efforts to get something more consistent out of the backfield?

The deepest position for Mississippi State on the roster is wide receiver. Prescott is obviously the team's best player and one of the best in the SEC. The veteran running backs just haven't shown the burst that's needed to succeed. The young running backs have the talent but aren't comfortable enough yet within the system to warrant meaningful carries. The offensive line is better than it was at the beginning of the year, but still about average. With all those factors, it makes sense for MSU to lean on Prescott and the wideouts.

The Trib (David Morrison): Gary Pinkel on the SEC Teleconference...Mississippi State week
The Trib: Cheadle rising the ranks among MU's cornerbacks

PowerMizzou: Mizzou's Toughest Test

Prescott cuts an imposing figure when he stands behind center. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, he looks more like a player that would have been a linebacker if college football hadn't evolved in the last ten years...thanks in large part to another SEC signal caller. [...]

"I think that Cam Newton kind of changed that for everybody," defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski said. "This big, giant guy and he's hard to tackle. (Prescott) is a physically impressive guy. You don't see him ever getting up from the ground slow. You don't see him getting intimidated by any of the defenses that they play. You don't see him showing any signs of weakness to be honest with you."

Mizzou Tigers pennant Sophie looks the part Cunningham Leads @MizzouWBB Over Southwest Baptist, 96-59

Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) scored 20 points and grabbed five steals in her Mizzou debut to lead the Tigers to a 96-59 exhibition victory over Southwest Baptist on Wednesday evening at Mizzou Arena. Five players scored in double figures and the Tigers dished out 21 total assists.

The Trib: Cunningham scores 20 in MU's exhibition win over Southwest Baptist

Mizzou Tigers pennant It'll be the men's turn on Friday

The Trib: Vibe is more positive as Tigers prepare for Friday's exhibition

Mizzou Tigers pennant A dud in Alabama... @MIzzouSoccer Comeback Falls Short in 2-1 Loss to LSU

Mizzou Tigers pennant ...and in College Station @MizzouVB Drops 3-0 Match At Texas A&M