OTC: Mizzou Wins At Georgia And Bolts From SEC Joke To SEC Juggernaut / Mauk Time

“Georgia puts Mizzou in its place today.”
Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, national college football writer for USA Today, tweet prior to MU’s 41-26 win at Georgia, Twitter
GH: While many Mizzou fans may have feared this would be the outcome prior to the Georgia game, many took pleasure in reminding Wolken of his erroneous prediction…

“You were right. UGA put #Mizzou in their place. FIRST place.”
@JetForce5, Twitter

“The Missouri Tigers go into SEC country and showcase what this team could be. There are so many playmakers on this Missouri offense. Yeah, Georgia was injured, they were banged up but it doesn’t matter. Whether it’s ESPN’s SportsCenter( or any other sports network) Missouri is being talking about.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM

“If you can compete – which they are right now – it’s FUN to be in the SEC! I would think life is pretty good right now as a Tiger fan.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM

“That was the kind of game where recruits are going to watch that and say, ‘I want to be a part of that.’ That was special.”
Dennis Dodd, of CBSsports.com, on Mizzou’s win at Georgia, 810 AM
GH: How quickly things change in college football. A year ago Mizzou football was being chastised and laughed at for thinking they could compete in the vaunted SEC. Saturday they rolled through Georgia with a hedge trimmer.

“We could look at that play and say that changed the entire direction of (Missouri’s) season.”
Steven St. John, on the Tigers executing a 40-yard double pass in the fourth quarter from Maty Mauk to Bud Sasser to L’Damian Washington to take a eight-point lead over Georgia, 810 AM
GH: Before Washington’s touchdown catch, Georgia looked to have grabbed the momentum and Mizzou fans feared the worst – allowing the Bulldogs to come back from a 28-10 deficit. I sat in a booth at 810’s Sports Bar in Lee’s Summit for the second half. You could feel the gloom envelop the restaurant following Murray’s TD pass to Conley that cut MU’s lead to 28-26. Then Franklin went down. Here we go again…and then the trick play that changed the day – and as SSJ states, maybe the Tigers’ season.

“When that ball was in the air I was thinking, ‘This isn’t going to work.’ L’Damian Washington just flat out made a play there.”
Gabe DeArmond, on Mizzou executing a double pass play to score a huge fourth-quarter TD, 810 AM

“Much like A&M last year, just want to commend Mizzou for acquiring so much SEC speed in such a short time.”
Stewart Mandel, @slmandel, Twitter
GH: Mizzou has had SEC speed for some time – just like Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and even K-State has had in spots. Yes, Alabama has been very good the past five years but the Big 12 has not been that far behind – except maybe this season.

“This is the worst year in Big 12 history. If Baylor goes 12-0 or 11-1, I’ll change my mind.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM

“Can’t believe I’m writing these words: Road through SEC East goes through Columbia, Mo.”
Dennis Dodd, @dennisdoddcbs, Twitter

“I would be surprised if Franklin plays again this season. But I want somebody from Missouri to confirm that James Franklin is out for the year before I tell somebody he’s done for the year.”
Gabe DeArmond, on the Monday after Franklin was injured at Georgia, 810 AM

“For Pinkel to say ‘They’re wrong as usual,’ (Franklin) needs to play again in under six weeks. To take that shot (at ESPN), James Franklin better be on the field, right? Otherwise it’s just, ‘I am football coach! I am [email protected]! What I say goes!’ If you’re going to take a shot at (ESPN), you better be right. Franklin better be out there.”
Soren Petro, after Pinkel dismissed ESPN’s report that Franklin had a separated shoulder and was likely out for the rest of the regular season, 810 AM
GH: Uh, is it me or is Petro getting a bit too demanding here when it comes to Pinkel taking a shot at ESPN? Who cares if Pinkel wants to rip ESPN for declaring his QB out for the rest of the regular season? Isn’t that what coaches do – deflect information about their star players’ injuries? And by the way, what BCS college football coach doesn’t think he’s a god? Send Petro up to Lincoln and have him sit in on a Pelini presser.

“I think it will be much, much more dialed back and conservative. I think this is a game where you ask your running game to go win it and for Maty Mauk not to lose it.”
Gabe DeArmond, when asked what he expects from Mizzou’s offense under Maty Mauk against Florida this Saturday, 810 AM
GH: I agree with Gabe but the Mizzou staff and Mauk are saying it will be business as usual under the redshirt freshman. Read on.

“Henson on changes with Mauk: ‘We’re going to be aggressive and be who we are & go score points. What else you going to do – go into a shell?’”
Ross Dellenger, @RossDellenger, of the Columbia Tribune, on MU’s offensive coordinator’s game plan for their offense under Mauk, Twitter

“It’s Maty Mauk time at Missouri! It’s next man up for Missouri. If you want to win the SEC you have to prove it’s (capable of maintaining with) next man up.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM

“We’ve got one of the best offenses, so we’re going to come right at them. … Last year I kind of struggled, didn’t know much (of the system) and now I know that playbook like the back of my hand, man.”
Maty Mauk, FoxSportsKC.com
GH: I like Mauk’s personality and I think he gets along well with his teammates – especially those like Evan Boehm from his same freshman class. But he is getting tossed into the fire having to face Florida’s outstanding defense and then Jadeveon Clowney and USC the following week.  If Mauk can pull these two games off, he may never have to buy at Shakespeare’s again.

“Franklin struggled in the third quarter. Mauk came in and we scored 14 straight points! The skies the limit! Let’s have fun! Be optimistic!”
Caller Ross, to The Program, 810 AM
GH: Petro is predicting Mizzou will go 3-1 in their next four games without Franklin, saying he thinks the only game that MU will drop is the South Carolina game.

“Wait till you see what happens there (in Columbia)! What till you see our environment next week!”
Gary Pinkel, in a postgame interview with Chris Gervino following MU’s win at Georgia, as they discussed the game-day atmosphere in Athens, Tiger Radio Network
GH: Kickoff in Columbia is 11:20 for the Florida game. I will just be getting to my car following the Kansas City Marathon – I hope.

“Being this sore has never felt so good. I read about the crowds (in Chicago) obviously, but I was still just blown away. Not only was the size of the crowd amazing, but how loud they were was just insane and picked me up a few times. I need to look at a map and double check what neighborhoods I was if at different points of the race. The northern part of the race, the crowds were so big it was like they were going to pile into the street. Chinatown was a much needed boost. I am also glad I wore a Hawkeye shirt in a city that is loaded with Iowa alumni. You mentioned the Hawkeye flags in your article and they alumni were out again and letting me have it. Again, thank you for all of the great articles. It was really a needed push to just go ahead and sign up. I’m going to need to figure out what to do next, perhaps Minneapolis or Grandma’s. Here are a few pics. ROHO was there for me to look at when needed.”
Jason Gavin, after running his first marathon in Chicago last Sunday in 3:40, Reader Email
GH: If you only run one marathon, Chicago is the one to shoot for. You have 51 weeks to prepare starting today. Sunday, October 12th, 2014. Circle those calendars and then give those Chinamen hell when you run by.

“I’m torn on whether or not there was progress made. I guess if you’re Kansas you have to feel like you did. I’ll give them some credit. After a humiliating loss (to Texas Tech) they showed some heart and some fight.”
Soren Petro, on KU’s 27-17 loss at TCU, 810 AM
GH: The 10-point loss at TCU might be the Jayhawks highpoint. Read on.

“Coming from their previous week where they gave up 54 unanswered points to Texas Tech, it would be hard not to make progress.”
Kurtis Seaboldt, 810 AM

“Right now we don’t have a lot of dynamic players on offense with Tony (Pearson) out.”
Charlie Weis, 810 AM
GH: This isn’t too far from saying his team is a pile of crap. I imagine this kind of talk doesn’t go over well with some of Weis’ skill players – despite the facts.

“There are so many positive things to say about that Kansas defense that kept them in it. … I’m sure Coach Weis is doing everything he can to keep a ‘tight huddle.’ Certainly when you have one side of the ball producing more than the other side of the ball without agitation…perhaps where one side is saying the offense isn’t scoring enough or whatever. These athletes are definitely staying together and not pointing fingers at each other.”
David Lawrence, on the state of the Jayhawks football team, Jayhawk Radio Network
GH: When your radio guy starts talking about how the players aren’t pointing fingers – all too often it is because the opposite is true. If the KU defense isn’t publicly pissed at the offense for its ineptness, they would be the first football team I’ve ever known to not get upset with the other side of the ball for the losing.

“The offensive line’s just not good enough. There’s just no other way to put it.”
David Lawrence, Jayhawk Radio Network
GH: If David Lawrence is ripping KU’s O-Line, it deserves to be ripped.

“Kansas State is proving they’re just good enough to lose. We watched them now – they just lose!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: K-State will be favored to beat West Virginia and Iowa State at home the next two weeks. They will need to win both to stay alive for a bowl bid – and then find two wins against TT, TCU, Oklahoma and KU. I think getting six wins will be tough but doable.

“Both of them have demonstrated the ability to be on the field and deserve to play. I’ve never been a big fan of the two-quarterbacks system but nevertheless, it is what it is.”
Bill Snyder, on his two-quarterbacks dilemma, 810 AM
GH: Snyder refuses to make a decision at quarterback and it has cost him. He appears determined to continue to repeat that poor non-decision throughout the rest of the season.

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34 Responses to OTC: Mizzou Wins At Georgia And Bolts From SEC Joke To SEC Juggernaut / Mauk Time

  1. Jim says:

    Interesting article in today’s USA Today. They listed all of the BCS Bowl predictions/projections for 2013. Missouri was not one of them. The next couple of weeks could dramatically change that. It’s weird. I can see them going 5-1 in the next 6 games and I can also see them going 2-4.

    • Say What? says:

      They need to pass A&M and LSU in the rankings to make a BCS bowl and going undefeated, which would include beating A&M, is the only way to do that.

  2. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Mizzou wasn’t a joke last year, and they aren’t a juggernaut this year. And I’m betting Franklin is back sooner rather than later. Greg, what would’ve been interesting is seeing what that jackass Wolken had to say for himself after Mizzou rubbed his nose in it.

  3. Barles james says:

    Hats off to Pinkel. I really thought he would be riding this year out before being canned. If it were another conference, people would be saying the SEC is down.

  4. hammy says:

    Dan Wolken hates Mizzou more than most Kansas fans. It is actually pretty funny. I picture him about 5’8″, the kind of guy who very easily gets red faced and super pissed off when things aren’t going his way.

  5. Gavin says:

    “If the KU defense isn’t publicly pissed at the offense for its ineptness, they would be the first football team I’ve ever known to not get upset with the other side of the ball for the losing.”

    I understand your point, Greg, but why did you throw in the world “publicly”? I agree that the defense has every reason to be angry at the offense but I haven’t seen a single quote where they are doing anything publicly. Maybe I’m not paying enough attention (always a possibility), but I think there’s a fairly healthy difference between internecine squabbling, which is probably happening at some level, and public grousing, which I’ve not seen in the media.

  6. PV_Pathfinder says:

    Also, Dude, “Chinaman” is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

  7. Kyle Rohde says:

    Based on how well KU ran the ball last year and the same offensive skill position guys being back this year, except w/ even more talent at RB and a marginally better QB, the historically bad o-line has to be at fault, doesn’t it?

    This team ran the ball on almost everybody last year, with zero threat of a passing game. There’s about a 2/100 threat of a passing game this year but that’s still better than zero, so the o-line has to be the cause more than anything.

    Charlie giving up some control of the O should be interesting, but I have to think ol’ Grunhard is going to take the fall in the off-season for this one.

  8. Brett says:

    i for one an optimistic about maty mauk.

    to borrow from mellinger, mizzou fans come by their cynicism honestly. there’s just been too much heartbreak.

    but one thing most mizzou fans are perpetually optimistic about is our signal caller. we’ve been spoiled by the likes of brad smith, blaine gabbert, and chase daniel. here’s to hoping maty lives up to his recent predecessors.

  9. Tigerpiper says:

    Greg, chinamen is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

  10. Dan says:

    As a Mizzou fan I can say absolutely yes, it is awesome being a good team in the SEC. The nation is talking about us. Kirk Herbstreit is tweeting about us. Mizzou is a big topic on national radio shows. We’re receiving way more publicity than I remember us getting in 2007. The SEC is the prime football conference and if you can be in that league AND have a good team, man. There is nothing better. I’m proud to be a Tiger.

    • Biff says:

      WTF. . ESPN and CBS passed over MU to show a Vandy game this week. MU is only on in MO on some local station.
      MU beat a team that lost their RBs and WRs, and had no defense. Wow!
      Better enjoy this years and maybe next year as MU has now three recruiting classes at the bottom of the SEC. MU was doing fine recruiting in the Big 12 and those players will all be gone in a year or two. MU recruiting has hit rock bottom .

      • Bob Sacamano says:

        Biff, I think you forgot to include that CBS and ESPN passed over Florida as well.

        • Biff says:

          Looks like Florida has been on CBS or ESPN 5 times already. Looks like they didn’t think MU would bring in any ratings.

      • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

        Biff, you’re just a complete facking moron, who knows jack shit. The MU vs FL game will be seen ALL OVER the nation. Take a look at this link for a reality check:


        And the next time you’re inclined to comment of Mizzou recruiting…don’t. You’ll look like an even bigger jerkoff. It’s always been about talent evaluation & development at Mizzou and not big stars on Rivals. Sean Witherspoon, Danario Alexander, Willie Moore, Ziggy Hood, Brad Smith, in the past, and now guys like Michael Sam, L’Damian Washington, etc All guys that no one sniffed at, but the Mizzou staff saw their potential and developed it. They will continue to do so. So do yourself a favor and just STFU.

        • Alphonse Tooty says:

          To save Biff a little time and trouble … the Florida-Mizzou game will be seen on around 120 local stations in 36 states.

          • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

            One other thing for Biffy….MU’s recruiting classes in the SEC would rank right around the middle of the pack in the Big 12…where they always did. And if the members of those classes got them to 6-0 so for this year, then I think they’ll do fine. Now, having the last place ranked recruiting class in the Big 12, that’s something that KU fans would know about.

            • Biff says:

              You get it! In the Big 12 MU recruited middle of the pack. Now MU is recruiting to the bottom of the SEC and the top 8 teams in the SEC recruit like OU and TX.
              MU’s dream is to recruit close to the middle of the pack in the SEC.
              Being on the outside looking in for a SEC location I doubt MU can do it. so far it looks like three bottom of the SEC recruiting classes. good luck with that.

              • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

                That’s my point. Middle of the pack Big 12 classes got MU to where they are today in the SEC, which is a pretty decent spot, which as it stands is contending in their division in year two. If there is one thing Pinkel and staff have proved, it’s that they can build recruiting relationships and mine less heralded talent and turn them into NFL players. And good luck to your miserable jayhawks on dragging themselves out of the cellar of a bad conference.

  11. Jayhawk Jeff says:

    Hi Greg,
    Maybe you should read this before you continue on your racism rant!

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    The exact definition of racism is controversial both because there is little scholarly agreement about the meaning of the concept “race”, and because there is also little agreement about what does and doesn’t constitute discrimination. Critics argue that the term is applied differentially, with a focus on such prejudices by whites, and defining mere observations of racial differences as racism.[3] Some definitions would have it that any assumption that a person’s behavior would be influenced by their racial categorization is racist, regardless of whether the action is intentionally harmful or pejorative. Other definitions only include consciously malignant forms of discrimination.[4] Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the socio-political dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component. Some definitions of racism also include discriminatory behaviors and beliefs based on cultural, national, ethnic, caste, or religious stereotypes.[2][5]
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  12. FrankM says:

    You know what else causes constipation? Jayhawk Jeff

  13. Jayhawk Jeff says:

    FrankM must be a loser Missouri Fan who is totally jealous of KU! Did you see the cover of Sports Illustrated lately! Ha Ha, we got you on that one!!!

  14. Maff says:

    Your football team is the biggest joke. You are only good in basketball because you know how to cheat at that. Now that your creative ticket scandal was exposed, you struggle to fund your football program. I think powers like Maine and North Dakota may be outdrawing beaker stadium this season. Nice job outspending Kentucky for a rented player. We will learn in 5-10 years what ku did to pay him off. Does that make your institution proud? You guys are only good when you cheat.

  15. Jayhawk Jeff says:

    Well Maff how about those jailhouse tapes!!! Them crackers be shaking. Remember that?

  16. BlackJack says:

    When you can’t beat them, just call them cheaters. If that doesn’t work, how about “my Dad can beat up your Dad”. One fan base trying to demean another fan base/rival program is a sure sign of jealousy.

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