Here's what people are saying about ESPN's College GameDay and Oklahoma vs. Mizzou.
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Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is completing 73.8 percent of his passes on first and second downs, but just 44 percent on third down. His 97.8 passer efficiency rating ranks 98th out of 109 passers with at least 30 attempts on third down. Missouri has stopped 24.6 percent of opponent running plays behind the line of scrimmage. Only Miami, Boise State and Kent State have been better.
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For now, all they can do is stomp their feet, slaughter a few goats, and cheer as lustily as they are able for Missouri. The Tigers host BCS No. 1 Oklahoma this Saturday night in Columbia, with GameDay in attendance and the whole country watching. A less-than-stellar performance by the Sooners could be just what the quack doctor ordered.
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This is a game needed for validation. It could get the program over the hump. But after so many setbacks in recent years I'll have to see it to believe it. Bucs 23, Rams 17. Oh, you're talking college. Mizzou 30, Oklahoma 24. Get ready to put on the black & gold, Sam Bradford.
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ESPN has covered games in Columbia before, but it’s never broadcast its Saturday College Game Day live. ESPN’s Communications Manager Mike Humes covering Tiger football was an easy decision. Both teams are undefeated, Missouri’s ranked No. 11 and Oklahoma sits at No. 1. He says that’s the kind of match up they’re looking to feature on their show.
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Missouri's passing stats aren't great, especially when you consider their competition this season, but they're a lot better than the rushing stats. The Tigers are middle of the pack in the Big 12 in passing yards this season (1,697) just behind Oklahoma and right in front of Texas. The struggle for their offense is a rushing attack that ranks 11th in the conference.
Missouri Tigers: Mizzou has a "Game Day" stat on its side - ky3.com
Two glaring statistics give Tigers fans hope. ESPN's "Game Day" is coming to town. 1. No host school this season has lost. 2. Number one has lost each of the last two weeks at home at a "Game Day" site.
The College GameDay bus drew a lot of attention Friday on Elm Street during its first appearance in Columbia. Missouri Tigers and Oklahoma Sooner fans came prepared with cameras in hand to take pictures of and with the orange bus that travels to each College GameDay location. Mizzou students said it is difficult to concentrate in the classroom with so much action on campus. In fact, many chose to skip classes to participate in the GameDay activities.
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This Saturday will be important. We’ll see which team gets out of here unbeaten. We’ll see which team gets out of Auburn unbeaten. We’ll see if Oklahoma State can stay perfect, a tough test against Nebraska. Michigan State, an undefeated team, on the road at Northwestern. A couple teams could stumble. We know we’re going to lose two of them. I think as you look forward, it looks like Boise is the best bet to stay undefeated. Oregon’s been very convincing. They have USC next week, which is a place we could be. Tomorrow is a key day."
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The Sooners have such a hold on all things Missouri, one of its beat writers tried to explain in an article this week that OU won in 2002 and 2008 due in part to motivation it generated from fabricated bulletin board material. The Sooners may have done some fabricating. But it borders on absurdity to suggest that had much to do with those end results. Plus, the article in of itself provides OU with plenty of bulletin board material this time around.
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Missouri has a great chance to win, definitely a better chance than in any of those games with the Chase Daniel-led teams. This Oklahoma team isn't as dominant as those were, and we still don't quite know what to expect when they leave Owen Field. Oklahoma nearly lost to Cincinnati on the road, and Missouri is pretty obviously a better team than the Bearcats. The big thing to worry about for Missouri fans is Oklahoma looks like it's playing some of its best football right now, but they've still been pretty susceptible in the fourth quarter, having been outscored 51-17 in five games before last week's 52-0 win over a struggling Iowa State team. If Missouri can keep it to a one-score game inside the final period, you have to feel pretty good about their chances.
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The No. 1 team in the BCS will be challenged immediately. Oklahoma goes to Missouri to take on the undefeated and 11th-ranked Tigers. And you'd think that if the Sooners win they'll be No. 1 in the BCS next week, especially playing such a strong opponent. But this is the BCS, and that's not necessarily the case.