October 31, 2014

If Mizzou cleans up their penalty issues on Saturday, there is no reason why the Tigers shouldn’t be able to run all over Kentucky (Google Hangout)

Missouri Tigers Russell Hansbrough dives into the endzone against the Vanderbilt Commadores in the second quarter at Farout Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 25, 2014.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Tigers Russell Hansbrough dives into the endzone against the Vanderbilt Commadores in the second quarter at Farout Field in Columbia, Missouri on October 25, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mizzou-Kentucky this Saturday, the Wildcats are much improved in terms of their record at 5-3, but they give up a ton of points in SEC play…they haven’t won on the road yet this year and they give up a bunch of rushing yards.  What a perfect team to help Mizzou snap out of their offensive funk.

So far in SEC play, here’s the total number of points the Wildcats have allowed:  36 to Florida, 38 to South Carolina, 41 to LSU and 45 to Mississippi State. It could mean big days for Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy.   I talked with Shane Bailey of SECSportsRoundTable.com and  he agrees Kentucky can’t stop the run, but they are an improved team.

Mizzou has to cut down the penalties too, those are drive killers. 15 flags last week, many against the offensive line for false starts. Gary Pinkel said its simple…it comes down to focus and discipline.  If the Tigers bring that on Saturday and stay committed to the run, the Tigers could get into the low 30’s for points.

We break down the Wildcats on this Google Hangout.

Vandy has a solid kick returner who is as exciting as Murphy, plus who can block Shane Ray? (Google Hangout)

Earlier this week, Vanderbilt’s first year head coach Derek Mason said he is playing close attention to Missouri defensive end Shane Ray.  At his weekly press conference on Wednesday, he was impressed with Ray’s ability to create havoc.

“Shane Ray is one of the top sack makers in the country. He’s unbelievable in terms of being able to come off the edge and creating havoc. They do it most of the time out of a four-man front so that matchup between him and Andrew Jelks will be a feature matchup this week in terms of what we look to do and how we have to stand up. Our guys have been challenged as to what Missouri is, they have been a better road team than home team, but this is a team that will be fired up to play us and we’ll be fired up to play them. We are looking forward to the matchup.”

The other interesting story is this game will feature two of the SEC’s top return players and both wear the number six.  Marcus Murphy and Vandy’s Darrius Sims.  Both average over 30 yards on kick returns and both have run two back for touchdowns.

Chris Lee of VandySports.com takes us through those two matchups as the Tigers face the Commodores on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Pinkel expresses concerns about the Mizzou offense and Mauk dodges media better than the pass rush (Google Hangout)

Listen to coach Pinkel’s brief and rather terse comments about the struggling offense.

Mizzou’s Ryan Rosburg, “If you’ve seen Hoosiers, it’s kinda like that,” describing practices under Anderson (Google Hangout)

Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III sat down with Missourinet to talk Tiger basketball (photo/Phil Kornblut)

Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III sat down with Missourinet to talk Tiger basketball (photo/Phil Kornblut)

It’s the men’s turn at SEC Basketball Media Days in Charlotte, NC.  Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III joined head coach Kim Anderson for the event earlier today.  The Tigers were picked right in the middle of the pack at 7th.

Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.  The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes.

No Tigers were picked to the preseason team, but I have no issues with that at all.  Keep the outside expectations low and fly under the SEC radar in the first season of Anderson and it will keep unnecessary outside pressure off.

Phil Kornblut sat down to chat with Rosburg and J3.

Listen to exclusive Missourinet audio on Mizzou hoops

The Phil joined me on a Google Hangout and we were discussing the Tigers, when he got kicked out of his prime seating location.  Enjoy the video!

Pinkel standing behind his quarterback, but the offense has to get fixed before Florida game (Google Hangout)