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The Lazy Fan’s Guide to Week 4 of the SEC Season

The Lazy Fan’s Guide to Week 4 of the SEC Season

Tigers on Tigers, Bulldogs on Bulldogs, and Watch out for Vandy We’re just living in misery right? I mean as Mizzou fans that’s what’s happening here? The team is ineffectual, disinterested and lacking in any kind of verve that would get even the most ardent Mizzou fan up and excited for this week’s game. What once was a season of explosive points and no defense has merely turned into a season of turning the pages of the calendar to Mizzou basketball, which before last March no one would have said for the past three years. Aside from Mizzou however, the east is shaping up to be an...
Rock M Nation Sep 21, 2017
Historically weighing Missouri’s chances at righting the ship in 2017

Historically weighing Missouri’s chances at righting the ship in 2017

Is this just a blip on the radar? Or the start of something bad? It was the fall of 1945. V-J Day was just about a month in the rearview mirror. The Joan Crawford noir vehicle Mildred Pierce was spellbinding cinemagoers. Perry Como’s “Til the End of Time” was making people swoon the country over. And, in Columbia, Missouri, Tigers football coach Chauncey Simpson was having a bit of a problem. His gridders had started off the seasons with consecutive road drubbings at the hands of Minnesota (34-0) and Ohio State (47-6). Whatever the PowerMizzou of that day was (a couple guys sitting...
Rock M Nation Sep 21, 2017
Missouri volleyball drops home opener vs. Kentucky to begin SEC play

Missouri volleyball drops home opener vs. Kentucky to begin SEC play

After Mizzou won the first set, the #10-ranked Lady Wildcats stormed back to win the next three. If you got tired of hearing the carousel of Mizzou football news this week, good news! Your defending SEC champion Mizzou Lady Tiger volleyball squad opened home and conference play at the Hearnes Center Wednesday evening. Having spent this past weekend in Reno, Nev. to take part in the University of Nevada’s Tournament (where the Lady Tigers knocked off Pepperdine, Nevada and Sacramento State to win the tournament title), Mizzou was riding high on momentum upon returning to Columbia this...
Rock M Nation Sep 19, 2017
Can Barry Odom’s Tigers rebound from 35-3 loss to Purdue?

Can Barry Odom’s Tigers rebound from 35-3 loss to Purdue?

Show Me how Missouri football rebounds under Barry Odom The third episode of the 2017 season discusses Mizzou's 35-3 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers, focusing on the struggles of Josh Heupel’s offense, Barry Odom’s hot seat talk and where does Mizzou go from here? If you're a fan of the podcast please leave us a 5-star review on iTunes, jump into our mentions on twitter @ZoulogyPod or you can even follow us on our brand new Facebook page. Show Notes: It's okay to lose games. It happens. It's not okay to get completely outclassed at every position by a team that won 3 games last...
Rock M Nation Sep 19, 2017
Missouri releases depth chart for Auburn game

Missouri releases depth chart for Auburn game

On Tuesdays, we talk depth charts. Missouri has released its depth chart and game notes for Saturday’s game against the Auburn Tigers. Offense MUtigers.com Quarterback Drew Lock (6’4, 225, Jr.) Last Week: 12/28 — 133 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs Jack Lowary (6’4, 225, So.) OR Micah Wilson (6’3, 215, RSFr.) Last Week: 4 snaps, 0 stats Drew threw the same interception against Purdue as he did against South Carolina — stared down J’Mon Moore on the sideline out. Micah Wilson got four snaps in relief of Drew Lock but didn’t actually get to do anything with...
Rock M Nation Sep 19, 2017
Missouri vs. Purdue: Bad. Just Bad.

Missouri vs. Purdue: Bad. Just Bad.

Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. If you followed along with my work in this space last year, you know that I endeavored to provide snap counts for every Missouri player for every offensive and defensive snap that counted during the season. If you were not...well, I just explained what this is in the last graf. You should have paid attention. Anyway, I pored over the film of the Tigers’ 35-3 loss to Purdue to see who Missouri used on offense and defense, how often and in what ways. Then I tried to gather it in a way that wouldn’t bore you too terribly. Did I fail? Did I...
Rock M Nation Sep 18, 2017
For formality’s sake, here are the advanced stats from Mizzou-Purdue

For formality’s sake, here are the advanced stats from Mizzou-Purdue

If you dare. As a formality, below we’ll walk through what the stats can tell us about Missouri’s last game — it’s something we’ve been doing for going on 10 years here, and it’s something we’ll continue to do. As a formality, I’ll also mention that Missouri’s stat profile has been updated and that — SURPRISE! — the Tigers’ odds of making a bowl went from solid to horrid last Saturday. After not only dropping a game they were projected to win, but also falling nearly 20 spots in the S&P+ rankings due to such a pathetic, dreary performance, their postseason odds...
Rock M Nation Sep 18, 2017
Corey Fatony gets a shoutout from Golf.com

Corey Fatony gets a shoutout from Golf.com

An ill-advised celebration? Absolutely. Enjoyable all the same? Absolutely. Yes, it was probably poor form for Missouri punter Corey Fatony to break out a celebration for a punt well done with his team down 35-3 in the second half. No, he probably shouldn’t have done it. But if you’re in the mood for at least a little bit of levity on what is otherwise a pretty dreary Monday afternoon in the Mizzou universe, let’s just say that it’s not every day that your punter gets a shoutout ... from Golf.com. There's always time to work on your swing...even in the middle of a football game....
Rock M Nation Sep 18, 2017
Week 4: Missouri Tigers vs Auburn Tigers

Week 4: Missouri Tigers vs Auburn Tigers

The Tiger showdown in Columbia is a rematch of the 2013 SEC Championship Game.
Rock M Nation Sep 16, 2017
This is what giving up looks like

This is what giving up looks like

On November 20, 1999, Missouri delivered its most mailed-in performance I’ve ever been in attendance to see. The Tigers were down 35-0 to Kansas State after 12 minutes, and despite the Wildcats’ best efforts not to score, they still held Mizzou to 117 total yards and managed a 66-0 victory. The humiliating loss capped a 4-7 campaign for Missouri and signaled the beginning of the end for Larry Smith; after back-to-back bowl appearances, he had earned some leeway, and he got it, but the writing was on the wall. And after a 3-8 campaign in 2000, the Tigers and new athletic director Mike...
Rock M Nation Sep 16, 2017
Missouri embarrasses itself against Purdue

Missouri embarrasses itself against Purdue

Ridiculous. The crowd at Faurot Field erupted in cheers late in the first quarter. A 65-yard punt by Corey Fatony had hung high in the air before it was downed at the Purdue (2-1) four-yard line. That was the loudest the Missouri (1-2) faithful would get for the entire game. It was mostly boos from then on. The Tigers looked that bad, and the Boilermakers looked that good in their 35-3 win over Mizzou on Saturday. Missouri's offense was inept against a Purdue team not known for its defense. The Tigers went 2-for-11 on third down, picked up only 10 first downs to 26 for Purdue, and were held...
Rock M Nation Sep 16, 2017
Purdue Boilermakers at Missouri Tigers: LIVE THREAD

Purdue Boilermakers at Missouri Tigers: LIVE THREAD

Purdue has a ton of momentum coming into today’s game at Faurot Field. Can Missouri gain some of their own and defeat the Boilermakers? WELCOME TO MIZZOU FOOTBALL SATURDAY We’re into the latter half of Missouri football’s four-game home stretch to begin the 2017 season, and it’s up against one of college football’s most-improved squads two weeks in, the Purdue Boilermakers. After going a dreadful 9-39 overall (3-30 in B1G play) combined in the past four seasons under Darrell Hazell, former Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm has taken the reigns. The results have...
Rock M Nation Sep 15, 2017
Pregamin’ Purdue

Pregamin’ Purdue

THE HEAT IS TURNING UP ON MIZZOU’S BOWL CHANCES AND THE BOILERMAKERS ARE COMING TO MAKE IT HOTTER Game Day Schedule: FAN PRIMER | Schedule ⤵️Info https://t.co/KY1Z8jB2VE #MIZ #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/RflwzqLCqv— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) September 14, 2017 Happy Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day: This Saturday is @Mizzou Faculty & Staff Appreciation at @MizzouFootball. All #Mizzou F/S receive one free ticket. See graphic for details. pic.twitter.com/UMTl5gQxm4— Mizzou Athletics (@MizzouAthletics) September 12, 2017 Tell your favorite Mizzou employee to fill...
Rock M Nation Sep 15, 2017
5 keys to Missouri-Purdue, the Tigers LATEST biggest game of the year

5 keys to Missouri-Purdue, the Tigers LATEST biggest game of the year

Last week’s game against South Carolina was huge. Because Mizzou lost, this week’s game is even bigger. First, the good news: we don’t know what we think we know about this Missouri team yet. Last Saturday’s loss to South Carolina looked familiar enough — hell, it was basically a repeat of last year’s loss to South Carolina, only with a slightly different variety of red zone failures and special teams breakdowns — that it’s been hard for Mizzou fans to avoid jumping to conclusions. Those conclusions may end up proven correct. But we don’t know what we think we know. Two...
Rock M Nation Sep 15, 2017
Rarely have Mizzou fans needed a hype video more than they need one right now

Rarely have Mizzou fans needed a hype video more than they need one right now

Here are today’s Mizzou Links. When in the course of human events your team loses a football game, it becomes necessary for one people to become hype. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that Missouri has a chance to bounce back on Saturday, and that Tiger fans are endowed by Mizzou Athletics with this hype video. Big game on Saturday, huh? Some end-of-the-week football links for your perusal. Post-Dispatch: Brohm brings potent Purdue offense to Mizzou The Trib: Thomas Wilson’s presence helped shore up Missouri’s defense The Missourian: Five things to watch for as Missouri...
Rock M Nation Sep 14, 2017
Missouri’s best chance of slowing Purdue’s offense comes up front

Missouri’s best chance of slowing Purdue’s offense comes up front

It’s either win in the trenches or win in a shootout for the Tigers. We’re in the full-on “you can see whatever you want to see” portion of the college football season, where the in-season numbers don’t tell us enough ... and in some cases give us conflicting impressions. Mizzou’s defense, for instance, has already been nightmarishly awful for one quarter of the season and mostly fine for three quarters. What do we make of Purdue, then? I’m reasonably confident in what I said about the defense yesterday because the Boilermakers’ strengths (linebacker play) and weaknesses...
Rock M Nation Sep 14, 2017
Missouri football’s high-flying offense is last in red zone scoring

Missouri football’s high-flying offense is last in red zone scoring

Against Power 5 competition, the Tigers rack up yards but don’t have the points to match. Before I begin this post in earnest, let’s all take a step back to where Missouri’s offense stood at the end of the 2015 season. Moribund. Barely functional. Unable to run, pass, catch or block. Lacking in prospects for a bright future. So it is through that lens that we should view the past 14 games under offensive coordinator Josh Heupel’s watch and concede that what he has been able to do in such a short amount of time constitutes a minor miracle. From the depths of 2015, the Tigers have...
Rock M Nation Sep 14, 2017
Missouri’s passing troubles against SEC teams begins with Drew Lock. And his WRs. And Lock.

Missouri’s passing troubles against SEC teams begins with Drew Lock. And his WRs. And Lock.

And his WRs. Here are today’s Mizzou Links. The next step in Drew Lock's development: learning to read defenses better. It was at the heart of his struggles against South Carolina. Uh, well, that, and his receivers dropped too many damn passes. It's always funny finding yourself trying to critique a QB for his mistakes — and to be sure, Lock made a couple of really bad ones last Saturday — while also acknowledging that if his receivers caught his catchable passes, his stat line would have been just fine. I know this is hard because Josh Heupel struggles with it, too. “A...
Rock M Nation Sep 13, 2017
Missouri will create plenty of scoring chances against Purdue. Can the Tigers capitalize?

Missouri will create plenty of scoring chances against Purdue. Can the Tigers capitalize?

Purdue’s defense isn’t South Carolina’s. Of course, it isn’t Missouri State’s either. It’s a good news, bad news situation for Missouri as the Tigers get ready to welcome Jeff Brohm’s Purdue Boilermakers to town. The bad news: Mizzou will have to face an aggressive, confident offense that will, more than South Carolina, attempt to create the type of breakdowns and mistakes we saw the Tigers make against Missouri State. We’ll learn pretty definitively if Missouri’s defensive improvement against South Carolina was because of Mizzou’s improvement or South Carolina’s...
Rock M Nation Sep 13, 2017
Some final thoughts on DeMontie Cross’ firing

Some final thoughts on DeMontie Cross’ firing

Here are today’s Mizzou Links. In addition to the video Tramel took at yesterday’s media gathering, other Mizzou players spoke to media yesterday about defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross’ firing. Terry Beckner Jr.: “That was a big caught-off-guard (moment),” defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. added. “We really weren’t expecting that. We just hope everything goes well with this situation. It’s a tough one. … Nobody was looking forward to that happening, but sometimes things happen out of nowhere and you have to run with it.” Logan Cheadle: “I took the news not so...

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