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Written by Slim | 08 September 2010

Great little article I found tonight.  I tweeted it earlier, but for those who missed it, enjoy.

The following was originally published by thesportsnetwork.com in their weekly roundup of FCS football news.  For those not into the whole reading thing, I've bolded the best parts.

Northern Iowa opens at home, but gets a little more than it bargained for after watching North Dakota State go to the University of Kansas and win 6-3 last Saturday. 

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think the environment that we're going to play in Cedar Falls is going to be much more of a hostile environment than Memorial Stadium in Kansas. That was pretty docile," North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl said. "And the type of team that we're going to be playing is going to be a much more physical, aggressive football team than KU. And quite frankly I think we're going to be playing a better opponent. I know one school is in the Big 12 and the other one is in the Missouri Valley. I think that gives an indication on how we see Missouri Valley play and the respect we give Northern Iowa."

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Written by Slim | 08 September 2010

College football fans are obsessed with the Heisman Trophy.  Or at least the media is.  More so than any other sport's equivalent, fans and/or the media are consumed by who might win college football's biggest honor.  So what if the college football season is only a week old?  Never too early to start throwing our two cents worth into the ring.

Another great Bloguin Network football blog, Randall Simon's Sausages, asked me to participate in their Bloguin Network Heisman poll.  So here it is ladies and gentlemen, my week one votes for Heisman.

- Note:  While I could spend all day discussing, writing, or reading about the Missouri Tigers, I consider myself quite average when it comes to the national scene.  Anyway, here's how I voted.  Feel free to discuss/ criticize as you feel warranted.

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Denard Robinson ran his way into first place in my book (AP photo).

1st Place (3 points): Denard Robinson - Michigan

I don't think he'll be in the race all season long, but he was week's one most impressive player.  Combined for 383 yards and two scores.  Oh yeah, he only threw three incompletions as well.
2nd Place (2 points): Kellen Moore - Boise State
Monday wasn't his best game, but that final drive is what Heisman candidates do.
3rd Place (1 point): Daniel Thomas - Kansas State
Might be a bit of Big 12 homerism here, but he looked like the real deal while rushing for 234 yards and 2 TD's against a decent UCLA team.  He is the K-State offense.
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Daniel Thomas had his way against UCLA (Photo from LA Times).
To see the entire poll results, click here.
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Written by Slim | 07 September 2010

Unless you're a big FCS football fan, from Louisiana, or a graduate of McNeese State University, I doubt you know very much about the Tiger's next opponent.  Not to worry, we're here to help.  Here's a few quick facts about McNeese State University.

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Look familiar?  Probably not.

University Info:

Location:  Lake Charles, Louisiana

Enrollment:  8,095

Type:  Public

Nickname:  Cowboys

Colors:  Blue and Gold

Founded:  1939

Random:  McNeese State offers a major called, "Terrorism, Preparedness, and Security."

Football Info:

Record:  1-0 (Defeated Lamar last week 30-27)

Conference:  Southland

Ranking:  Currently ranked 10th in the FCS coaches poll (North Dakota State is 21st for comparison).

Attendance:  A capacity crowd of 19,235 witnessed McNeese State's week one victory.

Offense:  Put up 30 points, 495 total yards, and no turnovers in week one.

Stars:  Senior quarterback Jacob Bower went 18-31 for 288 yards and 2 TD's last week.  Meanwhile, freshman tailback Marcus Wiltz carried the ball 26 times for 182 yards.

Defense:  The Cowboys allowed 426 yards and three TD's through the air in week one.  Their opponent, Lamar, is in only their second year of varsity football.  However, McNeese only allowed 20 yards rushing.

Quotes:  McNeese State Head Coach  Matt Viator -

"Missouri will be a tough challenge.  Anytime you go and play in front of 74,000 people in that kind of atmosphere, it's always a challenge."  (Hey, if Mizzou can pack 74,000 into "The Zou," this weekend, count me as impressed).

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Written by Slim | 07 September 2010

We examine three players who's stock is rising and three players who's stock is falling as the Tigers prepare for this week's home opener against McNeese State.

Three Up:

up_arrowCarl Gettis - SR. - CB

Guys like Gabe DeArmond and Dave Matter spent all summer hyping him.  Last Saturday he proved them right.  Yes, the interception was impressive, but Gettis was solid in coverage all day.  He was a big factor in the fact that Illinois only had 81 yards passing.  Throw in some big hits and his downed punt and Gettis' stock continues to rise.

up_arrowTJ Moe - SO. - WR

This is another obvious choice.  Moe's 13 catches not only lead the Tigers, but also the nation.  This week he'll face an FCS opponent who yielded 426 passing yards in week one to something called Lamar.  Moe and the rest of the receivers could be in for a big night on Saturday.

up_arrowSecond string defensive ends

Michael Sam and Brad Madison proved loudly and clearly that there is more to the Mizzou D-ends than just Aldon Smith.  In fact, they were so good that Dave Steckel put out a four defensive end front just to get them both in the game.  Sam only tallied one QB hurry but showed tremendous burst off the line of scrimmage and seemed to be in the backfield all day long.  Brad Madison also had an impressive day recording a big sack that kept Mizzou's momentum in the second half.  These two are pushing for a starting spot and should see significant playing time this Saturday.

Three Down:

down_arrowKendial Lawrence - SO. - RB

It's not that Kendial was bad, it's just that he was clearly out-shined by De'Vion Moore.  Lawrence only managed just 20 yards on seven carries.  He also suffered a minor shoulder injury.  He's still listed as a co-starter with Moore, but with his injury and the fact that Mizzou should be up big against McNeese, I don't see Lawrence doing much damage Saturday.  Freshmen backs Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy should see significant time rather than Lawrence.

down_arrowJacquies Smith - JR. - DE

Again, it's not that Jacquies was bad but against Illinois there were three defensive ends on the field for Missouri who were better than he was.  Smith keeps his starting spot this week but he's definitely feeling the heat from Sam, Madison and Malbrough.  Look for those three to see more playing time than Jacquies this Saturday as the coaches evaluate whether they are worthy of starting over Smith.

down_arrowGrant Ressel - JR. - K

When you start the season as a preseason All-American who's only career miss came in a monsoon, you have nowhere to go but down.  Ressel struggled throughout fall camp so seeing him miss a 37 yarder is a bit concerning.  I'm not saying it's time to panic, but it's something to look for this weekend.

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Written by Slim | 06 September 2010

In our final article looking back at Illinois, I take a look back at my predictions for the Illinois game compared to what actually went down on the field.

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Once again Ron Zook's team starts the season 0-1.  Zook is now 0-4 in his career against Missouri (AP photo).

When Missouri runs the ball: I said: Draw - Result: Draw

Mizzou didn't hand the ball off until the final play of the first quarter.  In all, the ground game was solid.  Missouri backs totaled 108 yards on 24 carries. However, Mizzou only had one running play longer than 10 yards and didn't record a rushing TD.

When Missouri throws the ball: I said: Advantage Missouri - Result: Advantage Missouri

It may have taken longer than most fans would have liked, but Mizzou's passing attack finally clicked in the second half.  At the end of the day Blaine Gabbert ended up completing more than 70 percent of his passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.  TJ Moe was Mr. Reliable, consistently getting just enough yards to move the chains.  Gabbert also spread the ball around to seven different receivers.

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Written by Slim | 06 September 2010

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Wes Kemp, Blaine Gabbert and the Tigers escaped with a win, but some fans aren't satisfied (AP photo).

Mizzou fans (myself included) can overreact at times.  Some always point out the negatives, others are hopelessly optimistic.  In the first of our new weekly series, Pessimist and Optimist, I make the argument of both sides about the weekend's game.  We begin with the pessimistic and optimistic outlooks on Saturday's win over Illinois.

The optimist says...

1.  A win is a win

Sure, it wasn't exactly pretty, but this could have been worse.  Gary Pinkel always says that winning never comes easily.  I mean, just ask kU.  Mizzou struggled a bit but still came back to beat a Big Ten team by 10 points.  In the second half, the Tigers outscored the Illini 20-0.  Hard to complain about that.

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Written by Slim | 05 September 2010

I'm working on my wrap up of yesterday's game, but in the meantime, someone sent me this and it warranted immediate posting.

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Photo from Lawrence Journal World

So much kUchebaggery going on here, I don't know where to start but I'll try.

1) The dice earmuffs.  First of all, they're dice.  Maybe more importantly, it's September, buddy.  Why are you wearing earmuffs?

2) The shades.  Notice he's got he's sweet sunglasses strategically placed on his cartoonish beaker hat (that hat shouldn't be worn by anyone over the age of 12 btw), yet he's still squinting into the sun.  Typical kU fan.

3) The tie.  This is the most kUchey thing of the whole ensemble.  He's wearing a tie over his Sod Reesing jersey.  I don't even know what to say about that.  Needless to say it was a losing combo.

I'll have my Mizzou breakdown up in a few hours.

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Written by Slim | 04 September 2010

It's gameday.  This is cause for celebration.

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Gamday warrants us throwing up this picture.

The real cause for celebration should come around 2:30 this afternoon.  Barring disaster, Mizzou should be 1-0 at that point.  To be honest, I'd be shocked if Mizzou loses.  In fact, I'd be pretty surprised if they don't cover the 12 point spread.  Illinois' secondary is in such shambles they have a guy who was playing receiver a few weeks ago starting at corner.  I like Blaine Gabbert's odds.

Anyway, be loud.  Wear gold.  Hopefully I'm recapping a Mizzou win at this time tomorrow.

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Written by Slim | 03 September 2010

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Almost here... (photo courtesy of Dak Dillon/powermizzou.com)
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Written by Slim | 02 September 2010

New to Mizzou?  Need to brush up on your Mizzou football?  Here are 25 basics about MU football that'll keep you from sounding less ignorant than most of the other freshmen.

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Before Missouri takes the field against Illinois, here are some things every fan should know. (Photo from Words and Light blog).

1.  Missouri runs the spread offense.  Forget about fullbacks or the I-formation.  It's not happening

2.  10 years ago, this program would have killed to become bowl eligible.  Keep that in mind.

3.  The winner of the Missouri - Nebraska game has determined the winner of the Big 12 North the last four seasons.

4.  2007 was arguably the greatest season in Missouri history.

5.  That team had more than 10 players who would go on to spend time on NFL rosters.

6.  The quarterback of that team was Chase Daniel.  Not Chase Daniels.

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Gary Pinkel took this program to new heights with the help of Sean Weatherspoon, Chase Daniel, and Jeremy Maclin.

7.  Gary Pinkel has never beaten the University of Texas or the University of Oklahoma.

8.  Since 2007,  Texas and Oklahoma are the only Big 12 Conference teams with more wins than Missouri.

9.  Since 2005 Missouri has averaged nine wins per season.

10.  Missouri has gone to five straight bowl games.  That's a school record.

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