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Mizzou Football Coach Gary Pinkel Breaks Down Colorado

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Mizzou football head coach Gary Pinkel met with the media on Monday as the Tigers began to focus on the next opponent: Colorado and the start of Big 12 conference play.

"We start with Colorado who is playing very, very well. They had a very impressive win over Georgia Saturday night. I just think it's a team that's playing very, very well. They are very good at the defensive side."

Colorado beat Georgia 29-27 in Boulder, CO on Saturday. Quite the win if you ask me.

"Their quarterback, (Tyler) Hansen is really doing well. I'm very, very impressed with him and how he is quarterbacking now. You can just see the experience take over. He's using his athleticism, his quickness and his speed and puts a lot of pressure on the defense in many, many ways. He keeps drives alive and he converts third downs and I'm just very, very impressed of how he's matured."

He's prone to throwing interceptions with a 1:1 ratio through the first month. Mizzou's offense is too good to give them the ball in good field position or to turn it over to them. Hansen can be part of the Colorado solution by limiting his picks.

Colorado was worked over by Cal due in part to Hansen's three picks (and no touchdowns).

"They're running the football well. That's what they believe in doing and playing good defense and that's got them off to a very good start this year. Our challenge is to work hard and try and play our best football game. We're going to work very hard to do that."

That would be RB Rodney Stewart, who has over 400 yards on the season. His season high came last week against Georgia with 149 yards on 19 carries.

Colorado's offense isn't something that should be scaring Mizzou a ton right now. Forcing Hansen into some mistakes and limiting Stewart on the ground and they should be fine as they're expected to win handily.