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surgicalvenom
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Member since Jan 2014
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Cautious football hope
I don't think we have to be cautious even though Odoms last season and Wyoming loom over us. But if we're being honest, Odom bet on Kelly Bryant, and we all thought that was a safe bet.

We're a solid program with alot of talent at the most important position, QB. We have assistant coaches that want to work and build something with Drink. We have a schedule that's perfect to stir enthusiasm.

And it isn't unprecedented for all the cards to fall in place for a non traditional power. Remember Colorado, Art Briles is an a$$, but no one wanted any part of playing Baylor his 2nd and 3rd year there. And then there is Iowa State, yes Iowa State! And even the fat man and Kansass.

It's our turn boys, I can feel it.


Athos
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Member since Sep 2016
11878 posts

re: Cautious football hope
The atmosphere around this program is kinda electric atm imo. Even peak GP years are rivaled with a guy with a season and change in the program.

Drink understands these kids in a way Odom certainly never did or even GP I think. He’s savvy, intelligent, and is like a kid in a candy store.

Unlike Odom, I feel like throwing caution to the wind and saying with confidence we win at least 9.


Indignity
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Member since Aug 2020
602 posts

re: Cautious football hope
I think were still 2 years out from any type of SEC championship type run. Bazelak is good, but I'm not convinced with his deep ball. The QBs coming in are promising. We still need depth and talent upgrades in certain areas like LB and RB. But, that can be addressed in this class. Along with WR if burden flips.

If Drink stays and continues to recruit the way he has started, then I think we can look to the future as very optimistic.


Indignity
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Member since Aug 2020
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re: Cautious football hope
I think 9 wins is very doable. Especially with a bowl game. But, 8 wins is not a bad season and is something to build on for next year.


the808bass
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think were still 2 years out from any type of SEC championship type run


^^^


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notsince98
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Member since Oct 2012
14698 posts

re: Cautious football hope
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Bazelak is good, but I'm not convinced with his deep ball.


Go back to his PFF ratings in the first half of the season before his hand injury. He was tops in the league (top 2 or 3 depending on the week).


Indignity
Missouri Fan
Member since Aug 2020
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re: Cautious football hope
Thanks, I didn't realize that.


Drydock
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Osage County
Member since Oct 2013
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re: Cautious football hope
I've allready said I think 2023 is the year it comes together, but I do think the next 2 years will be respectable. If we beat the teams we're supposed to beat and steal one here and there, I'm good.

What I hope to see is Drink expanding the list of those we are supposed to beat.


Faurot fodder
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Member since Jul 2019
292 posts

re: Cautious football hope
I think we'll know on 9/11 if we have a team capable of 9 wins. My guess is that during SEC media days they will pick UGA, Fla, KY then Mizzou in that order. If we beat KY in week 2 then 9 wins is a real possibility and the rest of the conference will know Mizzou is on the move. Even if we don't beat KY, I still feel good about the direction we're going.


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notsince98
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Thanks, I didn't realize that.


Bazelak has plenty of holes in his game but he should be "good enough" with a competent crew around him. We need a running game that is borderline elite to get back to the SEC CG.


TrueLefty
Missouri Fan
St. Louis County
Member since Oct 2017
7852 posts

re: Cautious football hope
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Thanks, I didn't realize that.


Bazelak has plenty of holes in his game but he should be "good enough" with a competent crew around him. We need a running game that is borderline elite to get back to the SEC CG.

One key was the DC and now that is taken care of and will be a lot better. Good back up and depth are questionable. It takes time to get the roster fix. But Drinkwitz can get the team to perform much better this year than last year. It is about building the program. Give him 2 more years to get it done.


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MIZZOU_JP
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Member since Apr 2015
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re: Cautious football hope
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I think 9 wins is very doable. Especially with a bowl game. But, 8 wins is not a bad season and is something to build on for next year.


Looking at the schedule and what is coming back for the other SEC teams we play I think the bare minimum expectations for this season should be 7-5.

If we win every game we are supposed to and all the 50/50 games then we could be 9-3. That 3rd game against UK (still pains me to say that) and at Boston College are the 50/50 games I'm most concerned about. ?


If Drink and Co. can pull an LSU type upset *cough* Florida *cough* Mizzou could possibly be a 10-2 team.


I'm gonna go with 8-4 (5-3). I think they'll win all the games they are supposed to and lose at least one 50/50.

The Rock M podcast asked whether Mizzou fans would rather have an 8-4 season that Mizzou wins all the games they are "supposed to" plus the 50/50 games or a 6-6 season where Drink pulls off an upset over an UGA/A&M/Florida type team. At this point in Drink's tenure I'd prefer the 8-4 season.


Athos
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Member since Sep 2016
11878 posts

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If Drink and Co. can pull an LSU type upset *cough* Florida *cough* Mizzou could possibly be a 10-2 team.


Am I crazy in saying the Gaytors will be an unknown? No Toney. No Pitts. No Trask. No Grimes.

That offense of theirs will be green AF.



Indignity
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Member since Aug 2020
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re: Cautious football hope
Not crazy at all. They're getting a lot of hype for losing all that talent. I thin they are a wait and see team.


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MIZZOU_JP
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Member since Apr 2015
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Am I crazy in saying the Gaytors will be an unknown? No Toney. No Pitts. No Trask. No Grimes.


Nope. Every one is still in love with that Mullin hire.



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TrueLefty
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Member since Oct 2017
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re: Cautious football hope
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I've allready said I think 2023 is the year it comes together, but I do think the next 2 years will be respectable. If we beat the teams we're supposed to beat and steal one here and there, I'm good.

What I hope to see is Drink expanding the list of those we are supposed to beat.



If Drinkwitz could do it at Appalachian State, he can do it at Missouri too!


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JesusQuintana
Missouri Fan
St Louis
Member since Oct 2013
31143 posts

re: Cautious football hope
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Bazelak has plenty of holes in his game but he should be "good enough" with a competent crew around him. We need a running game that is borderline elite to get back to the SEC CG.


If he can consistently connect on the deep ball he’s going to be borderline elite.

He’s also going to have some pretty dangerous catch and run guys with Mookie, Lovett, Badie and Young. His short/mustang accuracy could lead to several big plays with these guys.


mouse_cop
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The South
Member since Aug 2019
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re: Cautious football hope
No need for caution, Drink is the real deal. If we can keep him around we will in the SEC in the next 5 years, I guarantee it


TrueLefty
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St. Louis County
Member since Oct 2017
7852 posts

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No need for caution, Drink is the real deal. If we can keep him around we will in the SEC in the next 5 years, I guarantee it


Win the east is doable in 2-3 years.


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Athos
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The sad sap PD posters over on that garbage forum appear far more uptight about the cautious hope.


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