Tre Mason ran himself into the Heisman Trophy running against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, more importantly than that, he ran the Auburn Tigers into the National Title game. Mason had touchdown runs of 1, 3, 7 and 13 yards and carried the football 46 times.
“You’re looking at one of the top running backs in college football, ” Malzahn said. ”He was a warrior today. Unbelievable.”
Tre looked like he was in pure video game mode, juking Missouri defenders out of their cleats. Truly one of the best championship performances I have ever seen.
Washington University and Chris Peterson have agreed to a 5 year deal worth $18 million according to CBS Sports. This will make Coach Peterson the highest paid coach in the Pac-12. It was earlier reported that Peterson left Boise St to replace Steve Sarkisian as the new Washington coach. Sarkisian went 34-29 in five seasons with the Huskies.
Boise St will surely miss Coach Peterson, who was a remarkable 92-12 that included two Fiesta Bowl titles in eight seasons as the Broncos coach.
“I know Bronco Nation joins me in thanking Chris Petersen for all he did to advance Boise State’s football program over the past thirteen years,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said. “He is not only a great coach but a great person and an asset to the community. We were lucky to have him at Boise State and Washington is lucky to get him.”
Florida State Seminoles kicker, Roberto Aguayo, has outscored FSU opponents 137-132 points so far this season. If Roberto were to be his own team, his record would be 7-4-1 and he’d be Bowl eligible. He joins a line of great kickers from Florida State (who desperately needed a string of good ones after all the Miami debacles) along with Janikowski, Gano and Hopkins.
So how would Florida State be if they didn’t have Roberto? Well even if the kicker didn’t score a single point all season, the Seminoles still outscore all their opponents.
I don’t know if any of you have heard that there was this epic game on Saturday between Auburn and Alabama. Here is a great compilation video showing fan’s reactions from both Auburn and Alabama’s sides. My favorite has to be the two girls watching the game together and the Ronda Roussey type gloating the Auburn girl does to her Alabama friend. Watch these amazing reactions as Chris Davis takes the missed field goal to the house.
College Football Game of the Day: Missouri vs. Texas A&M
I’m sure most people would pick the Auburn and Alabama matchup as the game of the day, but I’m definitely not most people. I’m also a Missouri Tiger fan which helps skew the decision. It’s also for the SEC East Crown and when the Tigers joined the SEC I don’t believe anybody, myself included, could have predicted they’d have a shot at that this early in their tenure.
Missouri must win to play in the Dec 7 Title Game
Manziel is coming off one of his worst games going only 16-41 against LSU
Johnny Manziel needs only 208 yards passing to break Ryan Tannehill’s single-season school record
This could be Manziels final regular season game as a collegiate quarterback
Manziel went 32-44 and three scores against Missouri in their 59-29 win last season
Missouri’s defense leads the SEC in sacks with 35 and interceptions with 18
Tonight is Senior Night in Columbia
Gary Pinkel is one win away from tying Don Faurot as the Tigers all time winningest coach
Missouri is one of only five teams to rank in the top 15 in both scoring offense and defense
No matter how bleak it looked for the Kansas Jayhawks when they were taking on Purdue this past Sunday, this rabid Jayhawk fan never sat down and never gave up. Here’s to you five-head KU aisle fan guy…
This was not the Spartans team that was suppose to stand in Missouri’s way to a final four appearance.
Their was not enough alcohol in my house to prepare me for what the Missouri Tigers did to my bracket. It wasn’t that Missouri even played bad, Newman State just played better. Missouri shot 53% from the field, that should be enough to beat a Nixon State. Unfortunately Nehigh State shot 54% from the field and it wasn’t necessarily bad defense by Missouri. Prayers were answered for the Nutterbutterville St Spartans time and time again, with hail mary threes and behind the back board shots too shots that were missed so badly by them they’d get the offensive rebound put backs.
Missouri was obviously not ready for the pressure or a number two seed though. All of those years of making fun of Kansas for losing to no name schools such as Northern Iowa or Davidson came back to bite MU fans in the butt.
Kim English was such a non factory in the game, I clenched my teeth every time he took a shot. English finished the game 1-7 from the field. Seeing him miss shots was more annoying than hearing Marv Albert mis-pronounce Phil Pressey’s name time and time again. ”Phil Pressley with a big shot!”. Marv gave us one last “Pressley” with 10 seconds left in the game, when Phil “Pressley” hit a three pointer to cut the Norfolk State lead to one.
Teams traded baskets the entire game. Every time Missouri jumped ahead by a point I just assumed this was the time MU would go on their run and put Norfolk out of their misery. That wasn’t the case. Every time Missouri hit a big shot, Norfolk answered.
By the five minute mark of the game I was mixing Jeremiah Weed and Pepto Bismol. Nothing could compare me for the final minute though. With the Tigers down by three, Denmon chucks up a desperation three with 20 seconds left on the clock. An ill advised shot.<another chug of pepto> The Tigers promptly foul sending Norfolk’s Kyle O’Quinn to the line where he hits one of two giving them a four point lead. I’m figuring game over and relax a bit. Phil PRESSEY jets down the court and hits a deep three pointer, Tigers down by just one with 10 seconds left!! <another swig of pepto> Tigers are back in this game! Kim English fouls and sends Norfolk to the line where 54% free throw shooter Rodney McCauley makes the first. He then misses the second shot so bad that Pressey and O’Quinn end up fighting for it out of bounds, possession arrow Spartans. <chug the rest of pepto and chuck empty bottle in kitchen> Game over right? O’Quinn misses both free throws giving the Tigers one last shot, down by two with under 3 seconds left. In one last attempt to give me an ulcer, Pressey gets a nice look at a three, but back rims it out.
I did the same move Pressey did after he missed his three, pulled my shirt over my head and watch my phone nearly vibrate off the table after being bombed with text messages. Now it’s time to just sit back and wait for the wraith of KU fan.
The KU Spring Football dates are set. The first three practices are going to be easy, but with the new talent coming in fans can’t wait to see the how the team is going to look, especially after the 2-8 season last year. After getting rid of Turner Gill and bringing in Charlie Weis the fans everyone is thinking that the Jayhawks are about to turn things around. I for one can’t wait until the season starts and see The KU Football team start winning. I know that they have the potential to be great, but potential is only good if you know how to use it. Charlie Weis released a lot of players due to poor grades, but he brought in some nice young guns from Community Colleges and High Schools. Even tough the Jayhawks were struggling, it seems that they are shifting into gear and ready to prove to everyone that they have what it takes to win, not just the basketball team. Not only are we receiving a new head coach, but new coaches across the board. The Jayhawk Football team has something to prove and with things starting back up in a couple of weeks, its going to be an exciting time around here. Now fans won’t be racing to go see the basketball team, they will be racing to go see the football team. Soon people won’t be saying “Kansas Football Sucks,” they will be doing the wave and chanting “Rock Chalk” all over the place.
Penn St alum aren’t the only ones clamoring to get the field at Beaver Stadium named after Joe Paterno. A student has started a petition which has reached 57,000 signatures at last check to get the field named after Joe Pa.
I’m not trying to rub salt on the Missouri Tiger’s wounds after losing for the second time to the inferior Kansas State team. This Soren Petro rant from a year ago on a hillbilly Tiger fan is epic though. The Kansas Jayhawks are the Big 12′s pimp and they will slap you when they want. Let it be known that this clueless Tiger fan doesn’t represent the rest of MIZ ZOU fans.
After months of anticipation, where Dorial Green Beckham will land has been settled . Dorial Green Beckham, the top ranked football recruit in the nation, has selected the Missouri Tigers as his college of choice.
The Tigers will be welcoming DGB in as they make they SEC debut next season.
“Green-Beckham, a 6-6, 220-pound wide receiver from Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.), picked Missouri over Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas and Missouri.
In his career at Hillcrest, Green-Beckham set a national record with 6,447 receiving yards. He also broke his state season record with 2,233 yards on 119 catches with 24 touchdowns, set state records in single-game receiving yards (354) and career TD catches (72).” (USA Today)
Dorial was also USA Today’s offensive player of the year.
I don’t know, but we are about to find out. After dropping both conference games to an Oklahoma team that many had marked as the “gimmees” on the basketball schedule, everyone is wondering what to make of this year’s team. K-State (15-5, 4-4) currently has all the pieces to the puzzle in the wrong places. They’ll get a quick flash of what the overall picture is about the time someone decides to move their piece.
By no means is this a time to panic and get tight. Let’s look back to just last year when K-State was in a similar situation. K-State ended the month of January with an ugly 24pt lose in Lawrence to fall to 2-5 in the conference. K-State fans couldn’t have been more down after being picked by the coaches as the favorite to win the Big 12. The Cats would go on to win 8 of their next 9 to finish regular season play with the one lose being to Colorado, who should have made the NCAA tournament.
Fast forward back to this year. Rodney McGruder has showed he can take over a game the way Jacob Pullen did last year, but he without a doubt needs his teammates to pitch in. Will Spradling is due for a big game as he has certainly had his struggles. Spradling has missed all of his last ten 3pt attempts and is just 4-23 (17%) going back the past five games. Jamar Samuels put on 30lbs this off-season and has done very little with it. Samuels needs to become a force inside, start finishing around the bucket and STOP shooting 3 pointers.
K-State has a great opportunity to get the train back on the tracks by getting a win on the road at Iowa State tonight. The Wildcats will tip off at 8pm against a Cyclones team coming off a big home win against Kansas on Saturday. These two teams appear to be jockeying for 4th place in the league, as the top three have set themselves apart.
My 3 keys to a K-State win. 1, limit Royce White. Shocking. This will also mean fewer times the TV audience will have to hear him referred to as “Rolls Royce.” 2, Rebounds. Outside of Royce, no other Cyclone is crashing the boards. Offense rebounds and second chance points will be huge. 3, Mental mistakes. K-State needs to stop giving the ball away on offense and start making better in game decisions.
While a good majority of people are scheming their Valentine’s Day plans for the upcoming February holiday, college coaches and scouts are preparing for their own holiday: National Signing Day. University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel and his recruiting staff have done an excellent job this year in locking down top recruits for the program.
They reeled Saint Louis 4 star prospect linebacker Donavin Newsom to go along with a pair of 3 star LBs Torey Boozer from Texas and Michael Scherer from Saint Louis. The linebacking core of this Missouri Tiger team appears to have a very bright future.
On the offensive side of the ball, they were also able to wrangle away 4 star QB Maty Mauk from Notre Dame and Michigan. They landed Lee’s Summit’s own four star recruit Evan Boehm, who most regard as the best high school center in the country. Boehm was the number 6 overall recruit on the big board, so even with that signing one could call Mizzou’s job this year a success. But the recruitment remains a work in progress. There is still one potential super star player with Missouri on the top of his list who is expected to make his decision on February 1st.
Enter: Dorial Green-Beckham, the 5 star wideout stud from Hillcrest High school in Springfield, Missouri. The 6’6″, 220 lbs prospect has drawn comparisons to Randy Moss and Calvin Johnson. His quickness is almost not fair for somebody his size. He has excellent hands, a gigantic wingspan, and terrific hand eye coordination, all which led to 119 receptions for 2,233 yards and 24 TDs in his senior season. He is a top 3 overall prospect and most of the country is excited to see what school he chooses to attend.
He grades out with an 86 rating and 5 stars. He is the best wide receiver in the 2012 recruiting class and he recently added the U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year to his impressive resume. He holds the national record for career high school receiving yards with 6,353 to go along with a career total of 75 touchdowns. The most important note on the undecided Green-Beckham is that the University of Missouri is on the top of his list.
Gary Pinkel understands that landing this kid would be huge. I can’t recall Missouri ever having a wideout with such size, speed, and strength. Pinkel has been visiting with Green-Beckham frequently trying to persuade him to bring his talents to Faurot Field. In fact, earlier this month Pinkel flew in to Springfield via helicopter just to visit. Signing day is right around the corner and Mizzou people are crossing their fingers. This guy’s a game changer, an NFL quality star, so let’s hope that Green-Beckham decides to pick black and gold.
The #22/24 ranked Kansas State Wildcats moved to 4-3 in the conference and 15-4 overall, by taking down a struggling Texas Tech team on the road by a final of 69-47. K-State was lead by Martavious Irving who came off the bench to score a team high 16pts. Rodney McGruder pitched 13pts going 6-13 from the field.
Jordan Henriquez was back, from what turned out to be a one game suspension, for conduct detrimental to the team. Coach Martin showed that he was in no rush to get J.O. on the court, waiting until there was 2:59 remaining in the game before substituting him while Tech shot free throws. J.O. did manage to get on the board by knocking down a couple free throws and grabbing a rebound.
The final score along with who K-State’s leading scorer was gives a pretty good indication of how the game went. Tech is looking for any positives it can find right now in Big 12 play after falling to 0-7 with yet another lose. K-State was able to create 24 Tech turnovers, work the ball around on offensive and was never in a big rush to get a shot up. 11 players got in the scorebook for K-State, but oddly enough not Jamar Samuels who started and played 14 mins.
Texas Tech coach Billy Gillespie didn’t even bothering with raising his voice at his players, while Frank Martin opposite burned 1,000 calories just scowling. Tech somehow only had four players score and two of them were starters. Yes, only two starters scored. That includes two players who logged 36 and 28 mins. Ugh.
Kansas State is back in action on Saturday hosting an Oklahoma team who beat up on K-State already in Norman. OU gave Baylor all they could handle on Tuesday night before eventually running out of gas in the second half. The Cats are in a 5 game stretch where they will play the bottom half of the Big 12 standings, before turning right around to face the top 3 consecutively.
Damn good games this weekend. Kickers were either villains or heroes. It sucks though we are going to have to watch the Patriots and Giants again though. Was hoping for Pats and 49’ers. Now we are going to have to hear about how it’s a rematch from the Super Bowl that the Giants ruined the Patriots perfect season. Also we will hear about how it’s not a subplot, but it is and how everyone is not thinking about it but they are. Subplots to the game suck…just play the game. Its not wrestling and we don’t need a lead up story to the main event.
The guy that is both excited and not excited and reading sub-plots but not really, expecting but not expecting a revenge game.
Dear NFL Rule Makers,
Ok glad we got some reform in the OT rules, but they still suck. Not only that they are confusing. If the first team scores a touchdown game over, but if not ….etc, etc. How about this? I know this is far fetched and highly progressive but…what if you let the teams play the whole OT quarter and at the end the team leading wins. If it’s still tied, then you go to sudden death. Wow I know that is a crazy idea and it might make for better football and I know adding this rule to regular season games might make the NFL even better. Look into it.
The guy shaking his head at you dumb asses.
Dear Danny Woodhead,
Chad Johnson changed his last name to OchoCinco. He was a total dumbass for doing that. Maybe you should too. If you have never considered changing your first name to Morning, you really need to get on that. I can hear it now. “Morning Woodhead is on fire today.” “Morning Woodhead just penetrated the goal line.” You could be a millionaire with merchandising alone.
The guy that loves a good penis joke
Dear Eli Manning,
Keep grinding buddy. I’m still behind you for the MVP. By making it to the Super Bowl you have proved why you are better than Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.
The guy calling it how it should be
We don’t care.
The founder of the No More Pro-Bowls Movement
Ok, you have my attention. Let’s see if you can convince me to hop on the bandwagon or not. Enjoy it while you can, I have said it before and I will say it again. You will get rolled in the SEC next year. Make it count while you can.
Apologizing while winking
Dear Murray State,
Welcome you are the new fraud in the Top 25. Play a Top 25 team and then brag about your 20-0 record. It’s easy to look good when you are playing glorified high school teams.
The guy that despises easy schedules
Dear Kentucky Wildcats,
Welcome back to the top boys…keep rocking. The national championship is yours if you want it.
Loyal Big Blue Fan
Dear Joe Paterno,
Don’t worry about death; you are an expert at staying silent.
Subject One: Giants at the Niner’s: The last time this was a relevant matchup people like Ronnie Lott, Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Tom Rathman were the main characters. Even though I don’t like the new version of this rivalry it should still make for a good game. The guy that should be MVP…Eli Manning has the Giants offense clicking and I have to admit the Giants defense is looking killer. After all look what they did to the Packers last week. Then on the other hand you have Alex Smith who proved last week he could survive in a shootout and the Niner’s defense was tore up. Both teams had emotional wins last week and could be subject to an emotional let down this week. There is no way to pick a clear winner. Who do I want to win? San Francisco. Who do I think will win? The Giants. Coughlin and the boys have been here before and know how to deal with it and get through. On top of that I know everyone is saying how this team reminds them of the 07 Giants and yes they do, but they also remind of last years Packers that got hot at the right time and won the Super Bowl. Can they this year? Who knows…this has been a crazy year in the NFL and it’s anybody’s trophy, of the teams that is left that is…
Subject Two: Ravens at the Pats: Tom Brady stepped on the field last week and looked at Tim Tebow and said “I am the only real quarterback here bitch.” Not a moment too soon. Tebow was to the NFL as Larry The Cable Guy is to the comedy world…sure people love them but they both suck. I know one thing Joe Flacco needs to shave that idiotic Fu-Man-Chu moustache. I want to kick a cat every time I look at it. What the hell are you Flacco a quarterback or a singer in a 70’s rock band? You look like you live in a trailer park. You played like that last week as well. Of course the Ravens defense last week played well enough to get by a team playing with a rookie 3rd string quarterback…not saying much. The Patriots defense has given up more play this year than my ex-wife did while we were married. Both of them are too easy to penetrate. I don’t know what to make of this game. Going with the Pats though because of New England’s high octane offense and the fact that they are the home team.
Subject Three: Miami Dolphins: Hey idiots did you want to win again? Oh wait that is right I forgot that jackoff Carl Peterson is working for you all. He is an expert in putting together a sub-par product and exciting the fans about it. Since they couldn’t get Jeff Fisher of course the next best thing out there was Joe Philbin, the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator. That’s like me wanting a Corvette and then settling for Ford Escort. I’m sure everyone’s saying hey Green Bay has had a good offense. Sure they have…when you have the talent they do….I could call flea flicker plays all game and look like a genius. I think the humidity in Miami is making people stupid.
Subject Four: MU vs. Baylor: If MU can go into Baylor and win this weekend I may be willing to give them some half acknowledgment as a legitimate team. I don’t think that is going to happen though. Baylor is too big and MU does not match up well. Don’t feel bad with Baylor loosing this week to KU, don’t be surprised if the Top 25 voters, vote Duke to Number 1 this next week. I will never understand why the voters have such a damn crush on Duke and North Carolina…its idiotic.
In Monday night’s NCAA basketball nightcap, the Kansas Jayhawks find themselves in an unfamiliar role at Allen Fieldhouse: underdog.
At the turn of the century, college hoops fans would see “Baylor” on their team’s schedule and mark one in the “win” column. Prognosticators annually picked them to finish at the bottom of the league. Their fan-base hadn’t seen their team’s name on an NCAA Tournament bracket since the 1987-1988 season. The Baylor Bears were the basement-dwellers of the Big 12.
Allen Fieldhouse, on the other hand, was the epitome of “college basketball”. It had the names, banners, atmosphere: the tradition. Kansas teams were considered perennial contenders for the national championship, and the standard preseason consensus was that the conference’s regular-season title would run through the streets of Lawrence.
Fast-forward to 2012, and Big 12 basketball is a case of, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Baylor head coach Scott Drew has single-handedly turned the Bears basketball program around since taking the reins in 2003. He’s led them to two NCAA Tournament appearances, one Elite Eight, and his current squad remains undefeated midway through the 2012 season. Although Drew has had his share of prized recruits in recent years, his teams have acquired a reputation for underachieving; this group, led by Perry Jones III, is looking to change that by ending the Jayhawks’ dominance.
Coming into the season, Bill Self’s Kansas resumé boasted a 237-46 record–including 129-7 (95%) at home–seven consecutive Big 12 titles, and one national championship. The league’s preseason coaches poll ranked the Jayhawks as co-favorites (alongside Texas A&M) to finish atop the conference, despite having what is arguably Self’s least talented squad.
Tonight’s game is going to serve as a barometer for both teams. Kansas is ranked #7 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but they’re behind rival Missouri (#5) and tonight’s opponent, Baylor (#3). However, Scott Drew’s 1-8 record against the Jayhawks assures that he’ll spend every waking moment preparing.
On paper, the Bears and Jayhawks share a lot of similarities: dominant big men, athletic backcourts that excel in transition, and point guards that can create shot opportunities for their teammates, but are also turnover-prone. Ultimately, two factors could potentially dictate tonight’s outcome: Kansas’ success against Baylor’s signature zone defense, and Baylor’s ability to take the crowd out of the game. If Tyshawn Taylor forces the Bears’ zone to collapse by penetrating and freeing up his teammates on the perimeter, Baylor will likely revert to man-to-man which will ease the pressure on Thomas Robinson in the post. However, if Baylor jumps out of the gate and quiets the rambunctious sixth man, they could leave the storied venue with a “W”.
Stats and predictions aside, one thing is for sure: this will be fun.
So I’m a day late…..wanted to get the BCS Championship Game in the mix…
Dear Upset LSU Fans,
You can say you had one more win than Bama. Doesn’t matter. You can say you won the first game…doesn’t matter. If you take the scores of the two games and put them together the final score was 27-9. Bama wins…now shut up…next year could be your year.
The guy that thought LSU was going to win but glad that Bama did.
Congrats on your shutout last night. While you were setting bowl history with the first ever shut out. I shutout a 20pk of Miller Lite. We were both on fire last night. Your defense was stiffer than Jerry Sandusky watching Nickelodeon. I said at the beginning of the year you would win the championship and I must admit I had my doubts there for a moment. By the way the BCS trophy looks like something my grandmother would have kept in her curio cabinet.
The guy that has never been molested by Nick Saban in a shower but would let him for some cash and booze.
If you are not going to give us playoffs, can we at least request that Bret Musberger never announce another college football game? He is annoying at best. I don’t even think he is still alive…I think the networks have some kick ass CGI. It’s like listening to Dick Clark announce a football game. Many times last night I put the game on mute.
The guy that would rather listen to Steven Hawking announces a football game.
Dear MU Fans,
Told you so.
The guy that watched K-State expose you for the fraud you are.
Dear Rick Pitino,
What the hell is going on over there at Louisville? Your team is coming apart faster than the GOP Race. Notre Dame? I figured you guys for a Final Four team this year. Guess not.
The guy scratching his head
Dear Tim Tebow,
F*!k You…That is all.
You had one good game but you are still a fraud
I have always loved you from afar. This week I pledge my allegiance to you and all thing holy in the Boston area. Please put an end to the Broncos and Tebow. I can’t stand another week of Tebow mania on ESPN. I would rather watch a Steel Magnolia’s marathon than watch anymore coverage on that hack quarterback.
The guy that will be eating lobster and New England Clam Chowder Saturday Night.
Dear Romeo Crennel,
You are on a tight leash with me. Better make it good fat man, I’m impatient. Any signs of Cleveland like leadership I’m gonna be on you like you on a Ryans Buffet on seafood night. Go tell your boss, the Tony Soprano look-alike, to draft lineman and spend some money in free agency.
The Kansas State men’s basketball team (11-1) wrapped up non-conference play with a drubbing of Howard by a final score of 92-46. With students still on semester break, Cats fans still made their presence felt to cheer on the #25 ranked Wildcats. Rodney McGruder led the Cats with 14pts going 4-4 from down town while Will Spradling chipped 13 pts in going 3-6 from behind the arc.
K-State now heads into 2012 and Big 12 play with a lot of momentum but with a major pick up in competition. K-State tips off conference play this coming Wednesday against in state rival #18 Kansas in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have shown their vulnerability after falling in Kansas City, essentially a home game, to Davidson.
For K-State to be in this game, expect intense perimeter defense on KU’s guards to force with them into what has already been a season of high turnovers. Thomas Gipson and J.O. will most certainly have their hands full with Thomas Robinson, but will just need to limit his production. On the offensive end, K-State shouldn’t panic if they get out to a slow start. The Cats have shown for the most part they are second half team. If the Cats come out hot to start the game, the Jayhawks better look out.
After Kansas, the Cats will then host two of the countries remaining undefeated teams in # 8 Missouri, on Jan 7th, and #7 Baylor, on Jan 10th. The Cats are going to need the most from their fans in attendance when Mizzou rolls in, as much of Wildcat Nation will be traveling home from the Cotton Bowl. If you have tickets for the Missouri game and will not be able to attend, please find a fellow Catbacker to fill your seat and fill Bramlage Coliseum.
MIZ… Looking past the fact that “Truman the Tiger” broke the Crystal Trophy before the game of the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl yesterday, you can see that winning their 8th game of the season versus the North Carolina Tar Heels, 41 – 24, for the Missouri Tigers was not only a great first step entering the SEC but aslo in continuing their winning tradition.
The game did not start well for the Tigers as the Tar Heels scored easily on their first possession of the game but what happened after that was something Mizzou fans, myself included, have been looking for all year. Mizzou went on to score 31 unanswered points against the Tar Heels. They ran the ball through huge holes made by the offensive lines and played excellent defense for the rest of the first half and only gave up 3 more points on an end of the half field goal to lead 31 – 10. Now, being a Tiger fan, I fully expected the Tar Heels to stop Mizzou in the second half and win 34 – 31 but that didn’t happen as Mizzou matched the Tar Heels 3rd quarter touchdown with one of their own and ended holding on for the victory.
Mizzou looked quite impressive, for the first time since the 2007 Cotton Bowl, in their Bowl game and the Tar Heels did not do much to try and stop Mizzou on the ground. Mizzou racked up 337 rushing yards against a defense that was 16th in the nation versus the run. Combine that with the Tigers only giving up 36 yards on the ground and you had a very lopsided victory for the Tigers.
Let’s hope the some of the SEC brass watched the game as well and they, hopefully, were pleased with what they saw. Hopefully, they saw a team that was well prepared and they saw a team that definitely outcoached their opponent. Hopefully, they saw a team that would come in and compete right away in the SEC and not just be another easy win on the SEC schedule. And hopefully, they saw a program that has become one of the best programs in the NCAA over the past seven seasons under Gary Pinkel.
Over the past seven seasons Gary Pinkel has put together quite a program at Missouri. Yes, I know his offensive play calling in the red zone has been questionable under the spread offense and his defense, at times, has been sliced and diced. And yes, I know he has never won a Big 12 title in the last seven seasons either. But, what he has done at Mizzou is be one of only eight schools to win at least 8 games a season for the last seven seasons. The other seven schools on that list are Boise State, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, TCU, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. That’s right, teams like Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida State and Nebraska are not on this list but Mizzou is. It is a list, as a Tiger fan, that I am proud to have Mizzou on. Will it keep up? Will Mizzou win a SEC title? Will Mizzou make it to a BCS bowl game? Will Mizzou win the BCS? I don’t know the answer to any of thos questions but I am an excited Tiger fan looking forward to see if any of these questions will be answered.
So, congratulations to the Mizzou Tigers, and Coach Pinkel, on winning their last game as a member of the Big 12 and good luck in the future for the continued succes as a member of the SEC. …ZOU