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November 23, 2009

Like Father, Unlike Son: Border War

Let's say the Tigers win over KU. Is this season a success?

Yes, the season will be a success with a victory over KU. Even if Missouri loses in the bowl game. We failed to give proper weight to the amount not of seniors lost, but to the few that were returning. In this perspective, 8-4 is a good season.

Yes. It's not a great season, but it's a solid success. Eight wins with a shot at nine in a bowl game was what I said would be a good year before the season. The loss to Baylor is still beyond explanation and taints it a little, but it's a good year.

What bowl game do you think Missouri plays in?

The Holiday or the Insight. Frankly, I have a problem with the Holiday Bowl because primarily of the late start on the west coast. Newspapers simply cannot do a good job of covering that game with so little time on deadline. The Insight would be okay with me, but it sucks that that games is on the NFL Network.

If they win this weekend, and Oklahoma State does as well, I think it's the Holiday. If the Pokes lose, then Missouri is probably headed for the Insight. I'm rooting for the Holiday simply because nothing about watching a game against a middle of the road Big Ten team gets me excited.

Should Blaine Gabbert be second team all Big 12?

If they win this week, yes. He probably won't be because I think Zac Robinson will get it, but Gabbert has been really good for a first year starter. And the three games where he wasn't really good weren't really his fault. The ankle injury made him an entirely different quarterback.

I don't know that he should. He might be if Zac Robinson isn't able to play against Oklahoma. It is hard to win league honors if you don't finish the season. That said, I can't really vote Gabbert No. 2 if Robinson comes back. Even though you are correct that the main thing that slowed Gabbert was the injury.

Gary Pinkel will be on one sideline for this game. Who will be on the other one?

It sure looks as if it will be Mark Mangino. That said, Mangino, I believe, is finished at KU after that game. And KU may be finished as a football school for the next several years.

At this point, it seems like Mangino. I think MIssouri should hope for that. If that is the case, the Tigers are in better shape for a win. If Mangino is let go, or even suspended, I think the Kansas players will feel as if "We won. We asked to get him out of here and they did." And then they'll go play the game of their lives trying to get their guy, likely defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, the full time job. If Kansas does nothing this week, I think it's possible the players say "Sweet, so we got our program dragged through the mud and nationally embarrassed for two weeks and they might not even do anything." I'm not saying Kansas mails it in, but I think the chances are better that they do with Mangino on the sideline than without him.

Give me a prediction.

34-28 Missouri. The Tigers are starting to click on offense and the Jayhawk defense isn't all that good. But they're still capable of putting up some points and I think Kansas will get up for this game. I believe Missouri fans are greatly underestimating what the Jayhawk offense is capable of when they play well.

Missouri 35, Kansas 24. I believe we could see 450 yards total offense on either side. I believe the difference will be Missouri defense, at the end, doesn't play like Missouri's defense did, at the end, last season.

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