“I’ve never had holes that big to run through.”
Tre Mason, Auburn’s running back who gained an SEC title game record 304 yards and scored four touchdowns in the 59-42 win over Missouri, YahooSports.com
GH: It almost doesn’t seem appropriate to call what Mason and his mates were running through against Missouri’s defense, “holes.” A more appropriate term might be “space,” as in outer space. At times is appeared Auburn’s offense was from another planet and Mizzou’s defense was earth-bound. It was a fun game for three quarters but there was never a doubt that Mizzou had no answers for Auburn’s running game.
“It was tough for me at times to keep track of where the ball was! And then it was, ‘What the hell just happened?’ Over and over and over again. It was maddening! It was unfreaking believable.”
Steven St. John, saying Auburn’s slight-of-hand fake hand offs and Nick Marshall’s misdirection offense made it hard to follow the ball as a spectator in the dome at Atlanta, 810 AM
GH: It was even difficult for the camera person to follow which fleet Auburn back was carrying the ball as he streaked into the Mizzou secondary play after play after play. Few things in football are more demoralizing that an inability to stop the run. And Mizzou was maybe as inept at stopping Auburn as any team has ever been. It reminded me of how Colorado ran all over Nebraska in 2001 and hung 62 on the Huskers. Gary Barnett’s Buffs ran for 380 yards on the number-one ranked Huskers that day. Tre Mason topped 300 all by himself!
“Can we please mute the chatter about erecting a statue of Gary Pinkel. 0-3 at Missouri in championship games. That loss to Auburn on Pinkel.”
Jack Harry, @JackHarryKSHB, Twitter
GH: Did Mad Jack fall and hit his head over the weekend? Sure, Pinkel’s defensive scheme didn’t look too sound and he never made an adjustment to counter Auburn’s run game but Pinkel won 11 games and the SEDC East after a non-bowl season. If losing conference championship games is the best bitch Jack can come up with, he truly does need to retire before he embarrasses himself further.
“I need to watch the game a couple more times to figure out what went wrong. I know a lot of people were complaining about a three-man defensive line but I’ll just say there was no formation that I can think of that was going to help Missouri stop Auburn’s rushing game on that day. Auburn’s just too good. It was a very entertaining football game.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou had a great season but just wasn’t Auburn’s equal. I don’t understand any MU fan who is down on Pinkel or Mizzou after the season they enjoyed.
“I think (Auburn) was so good at what they were doing that there was no need to do anything else.”
Gabe DeArmond, on Auburn attempting only 11 passes against Mizzou, 810 AM
GH: There may not be any team playing as well as Auburn is right now. It looks like we have the top two teams in the country going to the BCS title game – although Michigan State might disagree. I would like to see how the Spartans’ defense would handle Tre Mason and the War Eagles.
“I think Missouri is a bad matchup for Auburn. I think Missouri has some advantages over Auburn that they clearly wouldn’t have had over Alabama. I think Missouri’s defense is as good as there is in the SEC – including Alabama. I really do.”
Blair Kerkhoff, of The Kansas City Star, prior to the SEC Championship game, 810 AM
GH: I reposted Kerkhoff’s quote not to embarrass him but to show just how impressive Auburn’s running game was against Mizzou. It wasn’t just how bad Missouri played on defense but rather how great Auburn was as well.
“Mizzou WR L’Damian Washington: ‘some guys are still dealing with last night’s loss. It stung even more when Michigan St. beat OSU.’”
Ashley Zavala, @ZavalaA, Twitter
GH: I think it is significant here to point out that Washington is a receiver and doesn’t play defense. I cannot imagine any MU defenders thinking they came close to beating Auburn.
“They say we ran from them. We’re going back just to prove a point that, ‘Hey, we’re still here.’”
Henry Josey, on playing a Big 12 school like OSU in the Cotton Bowl, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
GH: The new SEC school gets to take on an old Big 8 foe in Oklahoma State. There will be plenty of interest in this game around this area. I like the Tigers but bowl games can be just goofy with teams looking nothing like they did during the season.
“There are Missouri fans who wanted to go to the Outback Bowl and play Iowa. I would have slept through that game! Missouri would have won by 40 points!”
Gabe DeArmond, 810 AM
GH: Iowa probably didn’t want any part of Mizzou as well but they can’t be thrilled about playing LSU, the only team to beat Auburn.
“Wow! #Mizzou is selling tickets to the Cotton Bowl for $140 apiece. For comparison, SEC Championship tickets were only $60 for students.”
Brandon Kiley, @BKSportsTalk, Twitter
“Wait, Gus Johnson is calling the Cotton Bowl? I don’t wanna go now, just want to stay home and watch on TV!”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
“I’m not sure you could hand pick a less compelling slate of Bowl Games. Good thing people will still bet them to keep ratings strong.”
Todd Fuhrman, @ToddFuhrman, Twitter
“I know it’s fashionable for super-cool, bearded, blogeratti to crap on bowls, but this is best slate I can remember.”
Chadd Scott, @ChaddScott, Twitter
GH: I see maybe five bowl games that look interesting to me. The others will be background music to my holidays. The college bowl games are just horribly broken in my opinion.
“Oof, throwing OU & Texas to the Bama & Oregon wolves is further proof that college football just looks at helmets.”
Mick Shaffer, @mickshaffer, Twitter
“I couldn’t live out here in Missouri. Nothin to do and it’s freezing.”
Zach LaVine, @YungHollywood14, UCLA basketball freshman, in a tweet when his Bruins arrived in Columbia Friday night, Twitter
GH: LaVine played his high school ball in Seattle, so he’s always been a big-city west-coast kind of kid. I don’t blame him for balking at the frigid temps we had here in the Midwest over the weekend but his view of these parts might be a bit tainted. That Mizzou win over the Bruins on Saturday probably sealed his decision on not making Branson a future vacation destination.
“Missouri junior guard Jordan Clarkson was named the National Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on Monday. Clarkson, a 6-foot-5 point guard, led Mizzou to victories over West Virginia (80-71) and No. 17 UCLA (80-71) this week, averaging 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals. Clarkson pushed his streak to five consecutive games scoring at least 20 points, hitting for 25 vs. West Virginia in the Big 12/SEC Challenge before going for 21 in the win over the nationally-ranked Bruins. Clarkson grabbed a season high six rebounds in the win over the Mountaineers and dished a season high six assists in the victory over UCLA.”
Dave Reiter, Assistant Athletics Director – Communications, MU press release
GH: Frank Haith’s team has been one of the bigger surprises of the early season. That win over UCLA even turned some heads in the football-crazed SEC.
“Personally, from a physical standpoint, a lot of people don’t want to hear this but I think Andrew Wiggins from Kansas University is going to need an extra year. I don’t think his body, I don’t think physically he is as NBA read physically as some of the other guys.”
Avery Johnson, college basketball analyst, after KU dropped to 6-2 with their 75-72 loss at Colorado, ESPN
GH: Wiggins looked strong down the stretch in Colorado and I think he is going to be even better in conference play. I love that college basketball teams can lose games in December but still win it all in March and April.
“I would disagree respectfully, coach. I think his ability to get to the rim and in the NBA when the floor is a little bit more opened up I think that really suits his game maybe a little bit more than now what we see in the college game where they pack it in the paint.”
Sean Farham, responding to Avery’s comments about Wiggins, ESPN
“I wonder if Amos Otis would mind of we chant A.O. for Aoki this year? #Royals”
Daniel Wesley, @DanielSWesley, Twitter
GH: There is only one A.O. when it comes to the Royals. Aoki might have to settle for something less nostalgic.
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