Missouri wasn’t expected to have any trouble dispatching Indiana, especially at Memorial Stadium. But the Tigers, who dropped out of the polls after a 31-27 loss to the Hoosiers, have little time to lick their wounds with SEC play beginning this week.
First play of the game. A personnel package with four receivers and a tight end. The play call was a sprint sweep to the left edge. The goal, in short, was to give senior receiver Tony Pierson the ball with an opportunity to make a play.
Missouri had climbed to No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25, but a loss to Indiana sent the Tigers tumbled from the ranking. The same thing happened in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Kansas State, which had been ranked 20th, fell to No. 25 after its home loss Thursday against Auburn.
A full day has passed since Auburn defeated Kansas State 20-14. Here are three lingering thoughts on the game, including one on Wildcats kicker Jack Cantele, who missed three field goals but handled it with class.
A couple of weeks ago, it was same old, same old at Arkansas. The Razorbacks couldn’t handle Auburn in the second half of the opening game, when the Tigers’ suspended starting quarterback, Nick Marshall, returned.
Auburn will be without its most experienced defensive back when it takes on Kansas State. Jermaine Whitehead, a senior with 12 tackles and two interceptions in the Tigers’ first two games, did not travel with the team to Manhattan, according to multiple reports.
The Tigers’ 20-14 victory buzzed with atmosphere, dripped with drama and although game film won’t be shelved for future football clinicians, it provided edge-of-the-seat entertainment until the final minute.
Alabama and Florida don’t have a rivalry as much as they do a series. So goes Southeastern Conference football scheduling. But the teams, which meet Saturday in Tuscaloosa (2:30 p.m. on CBS), came to define the early years of the modern SEC.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, whose campaign against college sexual assault has received national attention, questions the Oklahoma coach’s decision to pick up star wide receiver following alleged abusive incident.