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Rock M Nation 8 hours ago

Mizzou 24 - Vanderbilt 14 Post Game Recap

Despite offensive struggles a late passing touchdown from Maty Mauk to Bud Sasser guaranteed Mizzou would be bowl eligible at 6-2 (3-1 in conference) Revisiting "Five things I'll be watching:" Will Shane Ray get the two sacks he needs to break Mizzou's single-season sack record? Shane Ray did not record a sack, nor did Markus Golden. Harold Brantley record a sack late in the fourth quarter to force Vanderbilt to punt, essentially sealing the game. Matt Hoch recorded 2 sacks for 11 yards. Matt Hoch had a a strong, if quiet game, tying Kentrell Brothers with a team high 6 tackles. Braylon...
Rock M Nation 20 hours ago

Saturday live thread: Happy Homecoming

It's Homecoming at Ol' Mizzou! What are you up to before the festivities begin? Yeah, this should be pretty much perfect. Game Time (ET) TV UAB at Arkansas 12:00 PM SECN Minnesota at Illinois 12:00 PM ESPNU Texas at (11) Kansas State 12:00 PM ESPN Rutgers at (16) Nebraska 12:00 PM ESPN2 Maryland at Wisconsin 12:00 PM BTN/BTN2 North Texas at Rice 12:00 PM FSN Memphis at Southern Methodist 12:00 PM ESPNN North Carolina at Virginia 12:30 PM ESPN3/ESPNGP San Jose State at Navy 1:00 PM CBSS Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan 1:00 PM ESPN3 (25) UCLA at Colorado 2:00...
Rock M Nation Oct 24, 2014

Vanderbilt at Missouri preview: Can Tigers find offensive groove against young 'Dores?

The numbers say Mizzou handles Vanderbilt easily on Homecoming in Columbia. Can the Tigers find an offensive groove for the first time in about six weeks, or will they again lean on defense and field position to secure a win? Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Vanderbilt at Missouri Record APRank F/+ Rk Off. F/+ Rk Def. F/+ Rk ST F/+ Rk Vanderbilt 2-5 115 124 88 29 Missouri 5-2 31 36 98 8 7 F/+ projection: Missouri 41, Vandy -7 (win probability: 98.6%) Forty-one to minus-seven. That's the kind of score I can get behind. Here's to hoping the offense scores 41,...
Rock M Nation Oct 24, 2014

Mizzou Links: Brantley breaks out, Tiger defense improves, and ... come home, alumni!

Harold Brantley has been pretty awesome this year, and so has Missouri's defense. Plus: The Missourian checks in on former Tigers, Montaque Gill-Caesar prepares to make a name for himself, and J'Den Cox prepares to make a BIGGER name for himself. COME HOME, ALUMNI The Missourian: HOMECOMING: Oh, the places MU alumni goThe Missourian: TIGER KICKOFF: The past never far for 1960 Missouri football All-American Danny LaRoseThe Missourian: TIGER KICKOFF: Tommy Saunders reinventing the ab wheelThe Missourian: TIGER KICKOFF: Lorenzo Williams finds footing as football coachThe Missourian: TIGER...
Rock M Nation Oct 23, 2014
Pregamin' Vanderbilt

Pregamin' Vanderbilt

After some technical difficulties last week, Pregamin' is BACK. Time to catch up on lost time with hard-hitting, informed goofs. WHO: Missouri Tigers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores WHAT: HOMECOMING, FOOLS WHEN: Saturday, October 25 – 3:00pm CT WHERE: At home, duh TELEVISION: SEC Network & WatchESPN (of the useless variety) Nashville, TN is a p fun place to visit. Vanderbilt and the University of Nashville played the first ever college football game in the state of Tennessee in 1890. Henry Sanders owns the best winning percentage of any Commodore coach. He was there from 1940-1942 and...
Rock M Nation Oct 23, 2014

Vanderbilt at Missouri: Commodores' defense could hold its own against this Mizzou offense

Vanderbilt's defense is too young to be particularly good, but ... well ... Mizzou's offense isn't good either. And if the Tigers can't establish the run or pass on Vandy's young secondary, then the Tigers probably won't do so again this year. Defense has not been the most pressing problem for Vanderbilt in 2014. Of course, that doesn't mean it has been a strength, either. We'll dive further into the numbers on Friday, but the Commodores currently rank 88th in Def. F/+ thanks to some atrocious drive-finishing ability, and on a play-for-play basis, they're average at best: 46th in Rushing...
Rock M Nation Oct 23, 2014

Mizzou Links: Beckner is the No. 1 recruit, Baggett and Brinser are great at their jobs

Mizzou recruit Terry Beckner Jr. is ESPN's new No. 1 recruit for the class of 2015. Also: Andrew Baggett and Christian Brinser have been great at their jobs this year, and Mike Scherer doesn't eat Pop Tarts. What's On Here's Braylon Webb in a cage... ...and here are a bunch of organic food fans fooled into raving about McDonald's. (It's not in English, but you'll understand it anyway.) I love organic, and I'd probably be dumb enough to fall for this, too. Well, maybe not the damn Chicken McNuggets, but the other stuff... Well THIS would be quite the get... ESPN Insider: Terry Beckner...
Rock M Nation Oct 22, 2014
Rock M Radio - Episode 4

Rock M Radio - Episode 4

This week, Jack and Sam tackle comples ideas like: Did Mizzou/Flordia REALLY happen? This week, we're making the move to just iTunes, so go on and subscribe you fools! In this week's podcast: Volleyball and Soccer wrap-ups Special guest David Morrison of the Columbia Tribune Mizzou vs. Florida post-mortem Bourbon Mizzou vs. Vanderbilt preview Predictions! (we'll be wrong) Hoops talk Beer Hats
Rock M Nation Oct 22, 2014

Catching Up On Mizzou Basketball Recruiting, October 2014 Edition

Recapping the weekend that was, plus a couple new names. If you listen to the podcast, some of this info may not be new. A lot of recent activity recently, let's dive right in with some good news/bad news. The Good News: This is going to be a short section, but only because most of the "good" news better qualifies as just "news", so I'll talk about it below. Since our last "Update" Antonio Blakeney decommitted from Louisville and now seems have a final three of LSU, Mizzou and Kentucky. More below. Mizzou has been mentioned as a possible destination for 2014 5-star SG Jaquon Lyle, from...
Rock M Nation Oct 22, 2014

Vanderbilt at Missouri: Commodores' offense is young and less than explosive

Pass protection issues, youth, and a revolving door at quarterback have dramatically limited Vanderbilt's offensive capabilities in 2014. Missouri's defense should be able to take advantage of the Commodores' weaknesses. Close your eyes and imagine the youngest conceivable depth chart you find realistic. Your imagination might not be strong enough to comprehend what Vanderbilt is currently putting on the field, at least at the skill positions. QBWade Freebeck (6'4, 212, Fr.) (34-for-72, 376 yards, 1 TD, 5 INT, 7 sacks, 4.2 yards/attempt)Johnny McCrary (6'4, 230, RSFr.) (10-for-19, 169...
Rock M Nation Oct 22, 2014

Net Results 10-22-14: VolleyZou faces tough last month of season

As if the rest of the season hasn't been tough enough Have I become spoiled by Mizzou Volleyball? In my first year on campus in Columbia, I was graced with a 34-0 regular season, an SEC Championship, and two first team All-Americans for the 2013 season. They returned all but those two players for 2014, including Carly Kan, Whitney Little, and Emily Wilson. We expected a slight drop in success, but frankly, with the talent Mizzou has right now, I would classify this year as a disappointment. The Tigers are currently 13-9 on the season with more than enough bad losses on their resume this...
Rock M Nation Oct 22, 2014

Vanderbilt at Missouri: Commodores visit for Homecoming at Ol' Mizzou

Missouri looks to fix some offensive woes and move to 6-2 as Vanderbilt visits for an afternoon kickoff on Saturday. #Mizzou's depth chart for Game No. 8 - Vanderbilt. pic.twitter.com/zot0qr6pwz — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 20, 2014 Offense QBMaty Mauk (6'0, 195, So.) (104-for-198, 1,227 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT, 11 sacks, 5.4 yards per attempt)Eddie Printz (6'2, 215, RSFr.) (0-for-1)Corbin Berkstresser (6'3, 220, Jr.) The Beef and I were chatting on e-mail this morning, and I'm sure it'll shock you to read that the two of us basically agree on the current quarterback...
Rock M Nation Oct 21, 2014

Missouri 42, Florida 13: Beyond the box score

On smirks, a dominant line, and the closest thing to a positive offensive identity. Missouri 42, Florida 13 Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Basics Florida Missouri Nat'l Avg Total Plays 79 49 Close Rate (non-garbage time) 56.3% Avg Starting FP 23.8 44.7 29.8 Possessions 15 11 Scoring Opportunities* 3 3 Points Per Opportunity 4.67 4.33 4.69 Leverage Rate** 29.1% 49.0% 68.3% Close S&P*** 0.266 0.418 0.506 * A scoring opportunity occurs when an offense gets a first down inside the opponent's 40 (or scores from outside the 40).**...
Rock M Nation Oct 21, 2014

They Supposed to Be SEC: Instant Reactions from Week 8 of SEC Football

Take the use of the word "Instant" lightly, the reactions are instant, not this post. SEC East (Mizzou's schedule) South Carolina Furman Paladins at South Carolina Gamecocks Recap: Gamecocks lackluster in win over Furman - Garnet And Black Attack The biggest problem was that Carolina's defense continued to struggle, giving up 211 yards and 5.4 yards per carry on the ground. The Gamecocks defensive front was frequently blown off the ball by a smaller offensive line. The final score could have looked much different if Furman had been more effective in converting red-zone opportunities. With...
Rock M Nation Oct 21, 2014

Mizzou Links: Ray and Murphy are POTWs, Brantley is 300 pounds

Shane Ray and Marcus Murphy won weekly SEC player-of-the-week awards, Harold Brantley is up to 300 pounds, and graduate assistants are very important. What's On Well ... you've got Mizzou's dual SEC POTWs... This is Marcus Murphy's punt return TD. Count the FIVE Florida defenders within 7 yards of him. pic.twitter.com/IwT1KXT7mL — David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) October 20, 2014 And you've got a former Tiger fighting for minor leaguers... Monday media day Gary Pinkel: "We're working real hard to improve our offense. There's nothing magical here. I've been there before." —...
Rock M Nation Oct 20, 2014
Kim Anderson: #TrueSon

Kim Anderson: #TrueSon

A new era of Missouri basketball is about to kick off, complete with a reconnection to Mizzou's past with the hiring of one of our very own. Kim Anderson was born and raised in Missouri. He attended High School in Sedalia, Missouri, a small town located somewhere in the middle of the state with a population of about 20,000 people. In a town like that, things don't change a whole lot over the years(they still host the Missouri State Fair every summer, as they've done since 1901). He then committed to play basketball for Norm Stewart at Mizzou, and had a productive career at Missouri. He is...
Rock M Nation Oct 20, 2014

SEC Power Poll: Blowout City

At the conference HQ, Team Speed Kills, we've been power-ranking the SEC. Here's this week's ballot. 1. Mississippi State – Getting that bye week before SEC East contender Kentucky should really pay dividends for Dak Prescott and company. 2. Ole Miss – [Ole Miss' defense takes the field] FLAWLESS VICTORY. FATALITY. 3. Alabama – At least give us a heads up before you decide to open up the earth and send an entire football team plummeting into the depths of hell, Nick. 4. Auburn – Don't get caught looking ahead to Ole Miss, Auburn. South Carolina did just blow out Furman, after...
Rock M Nation Oct 20, 2014

Missouri football depth chart: Tigers release 2-deep for Homecoming against Vandy

Spoiler alert: it's identical to last week's. #Mizzou's depth chart for Game No. 8 - Vanderbilt. pic.twitter.com/zot0qr6pwz — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 20, 2014 Offense QBMaty Mauk (6'0, 195, So.) (104-for-198, 1,227 yards, 14 TD, 9 INT, 11 sacks, 5.4 yards per attempt)Eddie Printz (6'2, 215, RSFr.) (0-for-1)Corbin Berkstresser (6'3, 220, Jr.) The Beef and I were chatting on e-mail this morning, and I'm sure it'll shock you to read that the two of us basically agree on the current quarterback situation. 1. It made perfect sense to keep Mauk in the game late instead of...
Rock M Nation Oct 20, 2014

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Rock M Nation Oct 20, 2014

Mizzou Links: Tigers force turnovers, look at a lighter road

Don't laugh until Stec laughs. What's On Take it away, Mizzou Network... And while we're at it... NEW EPISODE! We break down the big Florida win, and @SBN_BillC joins us to talk offense. https://t.co/AE8fYZ9SCc — Mizzodcast Podcast (@Mizzodcast) October 20, 2014 Mizzou > Florida Post-Dispatch: Mizzou Review: Tigers defy convention again The Tigers don’t figure to score four non-offensive touchdowns in any game again this season, but the road ahead suddenly seems much less treacherous. Since joining the SEC in 2012, Mizzou is 6-2 against its next four opponents. The two...

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