September 4, 2010 by staff
Mizzou Football, College football’s power brokers will be watching closely. Missouri Can creates and maintains a decent football program superconference? Or the Tigers of using the grid, between mid-majors, where he languished for most of the 15 years?
Mizzou football is at a crossroads. Saturday’s showdown with Illinois says a lot about the direction in which the Tigers are in charge.
With the industry college football from a turbulent era – thanks to breaks of the super-conference league and intriguing – the coaches must take a position of strength.
The gulf between the “haves” and “have-nots” could be expanded in the coming years, as schools try to align with and strengthen the power conferences.
This is not the time to fall in rebuilding mode. The powers of football are causing a stir in college sports.
Schools that emphasize football wants to be really, really good in football.
Mizzou wants to stay in the “rich” side of the fence as part of their preparation. The school must assume that the current 12 major peaces is temporary, given the resentment of the Texas League level.
The maneuvers will continue unabated. At some point, Texas will be another power play. At some point, the Big Ten will go from 12 to 16 teams.
Missouri football needs to be more competitive and financially attractive. When the cortege resumed, the Tigers want to be ready to dance.
Pinkel has led the Tigers to six bowl games in seven years. He has won two Big 12 North titles and reached number one in national polls.
He pushed the program back on the national radar screen and that has kept it there. But Pinkel further progress?
Major challenges loom for the program this season and beyond. Here are some ideas about that:
* Pinkel and his staff have made enormous progress in the way of recruitment, but that will translate into success on the field in 2010? Derrick Washington’s disappearance remains one more talent demonstrated by this team. Washington and Alexander will damage was the offensive focal points last season. Which players will go this season?
* Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has the skills to become a college football player dominant. Tim Tebow size offers more foot speed, arm go bigger and enamel. This guy is a monster. Now that you have two wheels instead of a new one, which will try to put it all together. Last year, locked in the Alexander. Can run the ball this year and Mizzou allow defenses to attack with multiple weapons?
* The spread offense has served Missouri well. It helped the Tigers to take the next step and become the benchmark again. They helped recruit to the waves of the offensive players of the first order. But as the teams switched to this crime, the teams learned to defend. Now that Big 12 defenses have adapted to the Tigers, adjustments are made in Missouri?
* Can this program to build a more robust defense? The Tigers have improved their employment on that side of the ball, adding more speed and athletic ability. But what good is your plan? Can you be more adept at making adjustments in the game? Marina brutalized the Tigers in the Texas Bowl by running its series of option again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again . . . Mizzou and had no response. That was discouraging.
Pinkel brought a dormant program back to life. Since the 1970s, Missouri has hired talented years after year after year. These tigers are very fun to watch.
But can this system make things even more? You can set up this muscle? Can you build a defense heavyweight?
Can you build a power offense to be used in short yardage and red zone scenarios? Can play real football when you have to?
Can you create a larger fan base and longer? Can you inspire a further enhancement to? Can you build the kind of resources that allow Oklahoma and Texas to refresh the year with four-star players after year after year?
This season is going to say much. Many talented people have moved, so we’ll see how strong the program.
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