Originally posted by jrg:
Is Mizzou legit without Franklin? With Franklin?
Two things I noticed about Mizzou.
They're creating pressure with 4 which is crucial. Sam and Ealy are beats. It's going to help them establish a lead and keep them there.
I think the LB's are suspect. Especially in the run game. Ole Miss and A&M are going to rock their world because you can't make mistake when these offenses are in 4wr sets.
The WR core.
This answers your question. Yes, they're legit without Franklin, with Franklin, or with 5yr old/ Hunt, Beckham, and Washinton make up one the most physical imposing WR group I've ever seen. You can't man them. They sift through the zones using their size and great hands to make catches most college guys can not.
Mauk looked good. In fact I was impressed in his ability to rebound through the interception and obviously the first drive. He's only going to get better because he has the best targets possible. That will elevate his play.
If you take away one or both of these strengths you have a problem though. They're the base of what makes Mizzou function. It scores points and keeps the opponent out of the end zone. Sounds simple but I guarantee South Carolina, Ole Miss, and A&M are all game planning these exact things.
Just a quick run down because I'm bored.
I think your possible losses are South Carolina, Ole Miss, and A&M.
All 3 can spread it out.
has one the best backs in the country, and they have a dual threat QB. They will try to eat the clock. Limit the offenses possessions. Connor Shaw is not Tyler Murphy. He knows how to run South Caro's offense. It's cliche but Missouri has to stop the run, and let their offense win the game. Oh BTW you're playing against the best player in the country, and he looked really good against Tenn. This team knows they have to hand you a loss or they literally have no way of making it to the CCS.
also has a sound running game but they're WR's are explosive. Treadwill and Moncrief can deliver a home run punch at any time. Their defense is seasoned. They returned alot of starters on both sides of the ball. They know what to do and they do it well. You're playing them in their house and that place is off the chain for Ole Miss football. It's going to be a road test after some tough wins agains Georgia, Florida, and possibly South Carolina. You know how that can play out.
is the best spread offense in the country. They have a stable of 4* and 5* RB. One of the best Oline in the country. They have about 5-7 WR's that could start on any team rotating in and out. Wearing secondaries out. Mike Evans is an absolutely mauler. And to top it all off they have the nemesis of all things right and true in college football, Johnny Manziel. He may be injured though. Not trying to be offensive but you're defense can't handle that offense. It's a machine. Auburn was able to win by scoring on almost every play, and rotating 7-9 DLinemen that could all keep pressure, and contain Manziel. That's the key you have pressure him but the Dline has to rush as a unit. You can't get out of your gap or Manziel will punish you. They're defense is the achilles heel though. If your offense can mix in some running with the passing attack while the defense gets a couple of key stops you they can win it.
Needless to say I'm interested to see if Missouri can really pull it off. Ultimately, the road to the championship game is through Alabama. Not very many teams have have found much like down that road. They're rollin.