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Rock M Nation 7 hours ago

J’Mon Moore puts end of Georgia game behind him, shines in blowout

Tigers rout overmatched Delaware State, 79-0 The last play that Missouri ran before Saturday was a 20-yard completion from Drew Lock to J’Mon Moore, who ended up fumbling the ball, effectively ending the game. The first play of the Tigers’ record-setting 79-0 win against Delaware State, Lock went back to Moore. It bounced off his hands. The smaller crowd at Faurot Field groaned. It appeared that Moore hadn’t put the game-ending fumble behind him. He quickly disproved that theory. “That’s when I knew I was too comfortable,” Moore said. “That’s when I was like ‘alright,...
Rock M Nation 21 hours ago

The Lazy Fan’s Guide to Week 4 of SEC football

We’re back with the best commentary for your SEC Saturday Hey, look it’s The Lazy Fan’s Guide to the SEC, we’re back after a two week hiatus. Why the need/desire for the hiatus? Well, the loss to West Virginia was just too much for us to handle. You see when you lose to a wannabe SEC or ACC school that accepted an invitation to the Big 12 to replace you and you lose, well that’s going to sting. But really, stuff just went sideways in the world of Lazy Fan Central. Now though, the wine is back flowing, beer’s in the fridge and we’re ready to accept the wonder that is Fall...
Rock M Nation Sep 23, 2016

Pregamin' Delaware State

HOME GAME NUMBER TWO. TOMORROW. GETCHU SOME INFO IT'S TIME TO PREGAME. Gameday attire: #ShowMe All-Black Everything for Saturday's game vs. Delaware State#MIZ #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/RmViTfQxmd — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) September 22, 2016 Gameday HYPE: This game is for the strong.You're still here. And we're still here. #MIZ #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/ByGdr30jQI — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) September 23, 2016 1. A week ago, MIzzou sported an all-gold ensemble in a loss. This week, they'll flip the script and go all-black in...
Rock M Nation Sep 23, 2016

Delaware State at Missouri preview: 5 things to watch for

Prediction: Pain. Missouri’s going to beat Delaware State on Saturday, probably by quite a bit. I expanded on the reasons why here, and in lieu of any sort of organized statistical preview, I thought I would instead simply list the things I’ll be looking at most closely tomorrow. 1. The first 20 minutes If Missouri starts slowly and plays sloppy ball early, it will almost be understandable. The Tigers could be a bit hungover after last weekend’s heartbreaker, and it might be hard to get up for an opponent they know they will beat. And make no mistake: Even with a slow start, they’ll...
Rock M Nation Sep 23, 2016

The Weekly Primer previews Mizzou vs Delaware State and Week 4, and also tweaks Jim Harbaugh

Here is your Weekly Primer on the college football week ahead, with a particular focus on Mizzou, SEC, and the games that must command the eyeballs of discerning fans of our dumb sport. Mizzou Talking Points Walkthrough The Tigers’ newly-explosive offense, revamped offensive line, and (potentially) revitalized defense have breathed life back into our expectations for 2016 after a challenging offseason and a difficult first week. In order for these expectations to be met, fans should be watching Mizzou’s easiest game of the decade for some Show-Me evidence of growth from a few specific...
Rock M Nation Sep 23, 2016

Mizzou's offensive line is weird again. This is great news.

Here are today's Mizzou Links. BREAKING: Offensive linemen are still (delightfully) weird. Three Missouri offensive linemen wanted to appear on the Memorial Stadium video board. At halftime, the board shows photos of players with their pets. But none of the linemen had pets. [...] There was a red and white half moon Betta fish with a tint of gray and purple accents on the top fin. "I had never seen anything like it," Pendleton said. "It's a pretty fish." They named it Boneyard. [...] Boneyard only cost eight bucks, but the three linemen spent an additional $53 accessorizing. They bought...
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2016

#MizzouMade returns with Shane Ray's scoop-and-score

How did your favorite Mizzou players fare on Sundays in week 2 of NFL play? In this edition, learn about the updated status of Mizzou players stashed on practice squads, updated injury news for Jacquies Smith and EJ Gaines, the return of Sheldon Richardson, and how the #MizzouCenters' offensive lines are holding up. Welcome back to your RMN nearly-weekly column on #MizzouMade players who are now getting paid! In this inaugural column of the season, we look at week 2. Due to time constraints, I am including only basic information this week. Hopefully in future weeks, I'll be including more...
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2016

What challenges can Delaware State offer Missouri on Saturday?

First things first: Missouri is going to beat Delaware State. It’s probably going to be a blowout by halftime. I say that not because I have incredible confidence in the Tigers (though my confidence is certainly growing); I say it because the Hornets are really, really bad. DSU went 3-20 in 2014-15 and has begun 2016 0-2 with losses to Delaware and Monmouth by a combined 90-34. The transitive property isn’t nearly as useful as we want to think it is, but follow this trail: Monmouth 34, DSU 20Kent State 27, Monmouth 7NC A&T 39, Kent State 36Tulsa 58, NC A&T 21Ohio State 48, Tulsa...
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2016

Missouri, ball. Ball, Missouri. You guys should get to know each other

MU’s offensive transformation is a good thing. Its lack of ball control is less than. One of the main narratives that has emerged with the rise of the up-tempo offense is the notion that is makes things hard for the defenses that have to keep up with it. Even if the offense is scoring, the thinking goes, it’s doing so on drives of only around a minute or two, which doesn’t give the defense much time to rest up from its last drive. Extend that over a game, and the defense is out there 60 percent of the time, or 12 minutes longer than the offense. Over a 12-game season, that’s a...
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2016

In Missouri's 5th year in the SEC, the Tigers are mastering a Big 12 offense

Here are today's Mizzou Links. I really enjoyed this piece from SEC Country's Ollie Connolly, and not just because he referenced my stats. SEC Country: In new Missouri system, Drew Lock can be a star The Big 12’s conference-wide move to the Air Raid has had a clear influence. Heupel is using Baylor’s offense at Missouri. The object of the system is to spread the field, create 1-on-1 matchups in space for receivers, clear the box for running backs and have the quarterback read one half of the field. How they achieve that is by forcing the defense to cover the entire width of the field....
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2016

Missouri Tigers Delaware State preview depth chart preview

Saturday, Sept. 24, Time: 3:00 p.m. CT TV: SEC Network Radio: Tiger Network (Sirius 93 / XM 192) What's on Sure, things were sad at the close of the night on Saturday, but there were plenty of highlights too! Here's five of them. Some might argue that these were the best five things that happened. Are they right? Well, I'd say that's up to you. You need to let go. It's time to move on. Don't you dare let Barry Odom catch you focusing on the past. Mizzou plays Delaware State this weekend. It's time to start looking ahead. Let's do that. Pain is good motivation Columbia Tribune -...
Rock M Nation Sep 21, 2016

Requiem for a Team?

"I laughed, I cried, I blacked out from the pain and eventually fell into an anger-induced coma." Plot Summary An aspirational group of young kids have their dreams shattered when a southern bulldog tears their heart out, stranding them on the precipice of failure and despair. My Review 2.5 Stars (out of 5) "You're killin' me, Smalls" You can claim this game was nothing more than a "tale of two halves" - one good, one bad - and I wouldn't argue. You can say Mizzou "blew it" and should have won. I cannot rightfully dispute that either. Hey, you can tell me it was a cruel,...
Rock M Nation Sep 21, 2016

Mizzou Memories: Q&A with Henry Josey

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the former Mizzou running back Henry Josey. Josey opened up about his decision to leave Mizzou early for the draft, as well as his gruesome injury and what it was like to balance fatherhood, while also being a division one athlete. How hard of a decision was it to stay at Mizzou after the birth of your son? My decision was not hard at all; I knew that to better my life as a man, I needed to stay at Mizzou. In order for me to make his life better, I stayed in school. Once he was older, I was able to bring him to school with me and actually let...
Rock M Nation Sep 21, 2016

Episode 91: Georgia Broke Mizzou’s Heart, Time To Find A Rebound!

This week's topics of discussion: This week, Tramel and Rodney welcome special guest Sam Snelling Analyzing the heartbreaker versus Georgia: Tramel has to face the Music after his incorrect pick on last week’s episode What does Mizzou’s close mean in terms of recruiting? Moral victories stink, but we talk about why Mizzou should hold their heads high following the loss How important is this season for Kim Anderson and the Missouri Basketball program as a whole? Discussing Mizzou Basketball’s latest 4-star commit, C.J. Roberts NFL Recap Tramel shares a twitter story Tweet us...
Rock M Nation Sep 21, 2016

No pain, no gain. Or - in Mizzou football's case - lots of pain, possible gain

Here are today's Mizzou links. What's on Sure, things were sad at the close of the night on Saturday, but there were plenty of highlights too! Here's five of them. Some might argue that these were the best five things that happened. Are they right? Well, I'd say that's up to you. You need to let go. It's time to move on. Don't you dare let Barry Odom catch you focusing on the past. Mizzou plays Delaware State this weekend. It's time to start looking ahead. Let's do that. Pain is good motivation Columbia Tribune - Tigers look to put demons of agonizing loss to bed Missouri Coach...
Rock M Nation Sep 20, 2016

Georgia 28, Missouri 27: Tigers needed one more big play that never came

Once again, to the (new) box score we go. I guess we’re not “beyond” the box score anymore, are we? Mizzou wasted its turnovers luck against WVU In the season-opener in Morgantown, Mizzou benefited from just enough good bounces to give itself a chance at taking the game, only to blow a series of scoring opportunities and lose by 15. On Saturday, the Tigers could have used just one of those breaks. I think we’d have traded a bigger loss to WVU for a win over Georgia, yeah? Fumbles were a wash — there were four in the game (all by Mizzou, unfortunately enough), and...
Rock M Nation Sep 20, 2016

C.J. Roberts commitment means the Tigers are changing gears going forward

The athletic guard from the Dallas-Fort Worth area will fit right in on the roster, but his signing means the Tigers only have one more spot to fill. Good news has been hard to come by when it comes to Missouri basketball of late. With the Tigers getting shut out for most of the summer in recruiting after two bad seasons, something good was needed. Kim Anderson and the Tigers got something good to happen yesterday when they landed their guy in 2017 combo-guard C.J. Roberts, a 4-star on Rivals and a 3-star on 247sports, Scout and ESPN. Roberts is an explosive athlete and high volume scorer...
Rock M Nation Sep 20, 2016

The Georgia loss didn't help, but Mizzou’s bowl chances might have increased.

Post season predictions, and where Mizzou will likely end up. Week 3 is over and we saw a lot movement within the playoff contenders. FSU and Oklahoma basically waved bye bye to their playoff bid. Ohio State destroyed Oklahoma, while also making a case for being the #1 team in CFB. Also, apparently Petrino is done with chicks on motorcycles and ready to have Lamar “Action Jackson” give the program its first Heisman winner. #Neverforget Looks like Bobby Petrino has about got his team where he wants them so he can go take a quick motorcycle ride. pic.twitter.com/HMk6wcANHe— gregg...
Rock M Nation Sep 20, 2016

Mizzou will march into the Valley of Death at 6:30pm

Here are today's Mizzou links. What's on... In a few weeks NIGHT GAME First trip ever to Death Valley is under the lights...A week from Saturday: #Mizzou at LSU, 6:30 p.m., @SECNetwork #MIZ #ShowMe — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) September 19, 2016 AY YO @SBN_BillC @RockMNation NIGHT GAME YA HEARD. YALL GIT DOWN HERE https://t.co/Om3rhGb9h9 — PodKATT (@valleyshook) September 19, 2016 I'll be there. You should be there too. Seriously. Yep The Trib: A sleepless night is in order after frustrating loss Everything is terrible Post-Dispatch - Matter: Mizzou missed a...
Rock M Nation Sep 19, 2016

New Missouri depth chart has names, jersey numbers, heights and weights* of Tigers playing this Saturday!

*accurate to within three places The new game notes and depth charts are out (pdf) ( Mizzou depth chart vs. Delaware St Offense Quarterback Drew Lock (6’4, 220, So.) -- 70-for-126 (56%), 1,106 yards, 9 TD, 3 INT, 1 sack (8.6 yards per attempt); 12 carries, 48 yards (4.0) Marvin Zanders (6’1, 200, So.) — 4-for-5 (80%), 29 yards (5.8 yards per attempt); 9 carries, 41 yards (4.6) Drew has locked down the starting job but maybe Marvin Zanders will see more action this weekend against an over-matched opponent. Tailback Alex Ross (6’1, 220, Sr.) — 20 carries,...