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  1. Getting to Know Mizzou Tight End Sean Culkin

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    You probably know Sean Culkin as the starting tight end for the Missouri football team. You may also know him as the player that had one of the best plays of the Tigers’ young season last Saturday against Arkansas State.




    But what do you really know about Sean Culkin? That’s what we tried to find out on Monday at Media Day.




    BK: What’s your ideal first date?

    Culkin: A first date? Man… Something where I get to communicate and get to really know the person. Watching a movie, and sitting there and staring at the screen? That’s not fun. I like to have a conversation and actually get to know the person.


    BK: When was the last time that you cried during the movie?

    Culkin: I’m trying to think of one… I can’t think of anything. It’s probably been a couple years.


    BK: What’s the TV show that you’re embarassed to admit that you watch?

    Culkin: See, here’s the thing… I actually don’t watch much TV.


    BK: Why?

    Culkin: I really read, a lot.


    BK:  What are you reading?

    Culkin: Right now, I’m reading a lot of investment books. I’m a finance major. I read ‘The Four Hour Work Week’, I read ‘Stronger’. I read about 15 books this summer.


    BK: What was your favorite book?

    Culkin: Probably the ‘Four Hour Work Week’. Or ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’. I’m reading ‘Intelligent Investor’ right now.


    BK: What should I invest in right now?

    Culkin: Nothing, man. This market’s crazy. With everything that’s going on right now? You need to wait for it all to crash, then jump in and invest. 

  2. The Big Show: Bill Connelly

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    Bill Connelly of Rock M Nation and Football Outsiders joined Matt and BK on Monday for his weekly guest spot on The Big Show. Bill is concerned about the offensive line and the running backs, but there’s one positive that came out of Mizzou’s 27-20 win over Arkansas State.




  3. BK’s Picks of the Week

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Week two of the college football season means week one of the NFL season. Football season is back, ladies and gentlemen. And, yes, that means gambling is truly back. BK will give his favorite picks of the week right here on each and every Saturday before the college football and NFL slates get underway. Without further adieu, the picks…


    College Football Picks:


    Georgia (-21.5) at Vanderbilt:


    Here’s the skinny: Georgia is a very good football team. Vanderbilt is a really bad football team. That’s where we begin, but you knew that based on a 21.5-point spread. Why will Georgia cover? Because Vanderbilt is going to struggle to score. It’s really that simple. The Commodores’ defense is solid. They held a fairly explosive (don’t laugh) Western Kentucky offense to just 14 points in their week one loss. Unfortunately, Vandy’s offense was only able to score 12 points against a defense that Bill Connelly of SB Nation said “couldn’t get much worse (probably)” than it was last season. That’s an indictment on this team’s ability to move the football and score points. 


    Georgia, on the other hand, has a great defense and an explosive run game led by sophomore running back Nick Chubb. I would be *shocked* if Vandy’s defense is able to hold the Bulldogs to under 30 points, and I simply don’t see the Commodores scoring more than 10 points against Georgia’s defense. Add it all up, and you have a blowout in Nashville. This is my favorite line of the week. It’s a lot of points, sure. But it’s also the best team in the SEC East taking on the worst. The talent gap between these two is similar to the polling numbers between Donald Trump and Rick Santorum. So, yeah. Take the Dawgs with the points.


    Memphis (-13) at Kansas:


    Memphis is only a 13-point favorite against Kansas? Really? REALLY? Kansas football is bad. I mean REALLY bad. I’m not sure what the low-point was for the Jayhawks. Was it the last-second disaster last week against South Dakota State when the Jayhawks’ quarterback dropped the snap instead of spiking the football, leaving Kansas with no time to kick a potential game-tying field goal? Or was it the Kansas State band making a formation that looks a whole lot like a Jayhawk… Well, I’ll let you decide what it looks like. Or maybe it was the Forbes article that confirmed Kansas spent $8 million per win over the past three years? Any of the above would make for a tough week. All three happening before week two of the season? That’s rough, man.


    As for this game, Memphis returns a 3-year starter at quarterback, two solid running backs, four of its top five pass-catchers and most of its starting offensive line. Add all of that up, and you have a team that should be able to score pretty consistently against this Kansas defense. Memphis does have some question marks defensively, but do you trust Kansas to put up big numbers offensively against the Tigers? I don’t. Take Memphis with the points and run.



    Mizzou (-10.5) at Arkansas State:



    Another pick, another road favorite. This game reminds me so much of last year’s game against Toledo. The Tigers are the more talented team. The environment down in Jonesboro likely won’t live up to what we expected – reports indicate there were only 20,000 tickets sold by Wednesday – and all Missouri does on the road under coach Pinkel is win. The injuries to Evan Boehm and Russell Hansbrough give me a bit of pause, but I expect both to play and I truly believe Mizzou covers the number. Take the Tigers with the points.


    NFL Picks:


    Green Bay Packers (-7) at Chicago Bears


    Sensing a trend? Home field advantage is a bit overrated this week, both in college football and in the NFL. The Bears are no good this year. The Packers might be the best team in football. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback I’ve ever watched, Eddie Lacy is one of the 5-10 best running backs in the NFL and their defensive DVOA in 2014 was right around the middle of the pack. I see the Packers pulling off a double-digit victory in this one on the road against a Bears team that could be in for a long season. Take the Packers with the points.


    Miami Dolphins (-4) at Washington Redskins


    My favorite line of the week. The Dolphins might be the most improved team in the NFL. Truly. I love Ryan Tannehill, and reports coming out of Miami in the offseason indicate he’s taken a huge step forward. Add in a healthy Lamar Miller, a full season in the system for Jarvis Landry and a talented rookie receiver in DeVante Parker, and you have the makings of a really solid offensive attack. And the defense is terrifying. Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive tackle in the NFL. Cam Wake is one of the better pass rushers in the league. Brent Grimes is still a really good cornerback. How is Washington going to score in this game? I just don’t see it. I think the Dolphins win big. Lay the points with Miami and pay off your mortgage.


  4. The Big Show: Week 2 College Football Picks

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    Austin Kim of ABC 17 Sports joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to give their picks for week 2 of the football season. Coming into the week, BK leads all three at 3-0. Austin Kim and Matt Michaels are both 1-2.


    This week, the guys picked three more games:


    Mizzou (-10.5) at Arkansas State
    Oklahoma (-1.5) at Tennessee
    Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans (-1)


    The guys all picked the same teams. Everyone picked Mizzou (-10.5), Oklahoma (-1.5) and the Chiefs (-1).




  5. The Big Show: Mack Rhoades

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    Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades joined Matt and BK in studio for a discussion on MU’s facilities, the decision to re-sign baseball coach Tim Jamieson and the improvements being made to Mizzou’s gameday atmosphere.




  6. The Inside Slant: NFL Season Over/Unders

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    BK is joined by Jeff Parles this week on The Inside Slant for an episode where the guys guess the over/unders and give their top picks for the 2015 season. Spoiler alert: the Rams are a team of conflict. Find out why in this week’s episode of The Inside Slant.




  7. The Inside Slant: Week 1 Pick ‘Em

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    BK is joined again on The Inside Slant by Jeff Parles. The guys give their picks against the spread for week 1 of the NFL season, including a sure-fire three team parlay.


    The Inside Slant:


  8. The Big Show: Wayne Kreklow

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    Mizzou volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow joined Matt and BK on The Big Show.




  9. The Big Show: Dave Bartoo

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    Dave Bartoo of CFB Matrix joined Matt and BK for his first weekly appearance on The Big Show.


    Are fans overreacting after one week of football? Is Tennessee going to make a statement this weekend? And why does Dave think that strength of schedule is so overrated? All of that and more in this week’s conversation with the best in the business, Dave Bartoo.


  10. Mizzou Searching For Answers Behind Injured Russell Hansbrough

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    “One play into the season? Really? Oh, no. Is that THE sideline?”


    I imagine that was the reaction most Mizzou fans had after watching starting running back Russell Hansbrough scamper down the sideline for 20 yards on his first carry of the 2015 season, only to see him limp toward the trainers moments later. A Southeast Missouri State defender had rolled up onto Hansbrough’s ankle. He came back for one more carry later in the quarter before shutting it down for the day.



    “That first play that he had, that was typical of what we’ve seen (at fall camp),” Pinkel said. “He’s just a different player than he was a year ago, and a year ago he was pretty good. He’s going to be okay, which is a good thing, but I was really frustrated for him, and for us, because he’s a difference-maker with the football. So hopefully we can get him back.”


    It sounds like Hansbrough will be back on Saturday. He told the media on Monday that he would have been able to play if circumstances were different. That is to say, if Missouri were playing Georgia as opposed to SEMO, Hansbrough would have gone back into the football game. Alas, he went to the locker room, showered, and came out of the locker room wearing street clothes and eating a cheeseburger, according to the ESPN broadcast.


    But what happened to the Tigers’ rushing attack after Hansbrough left the game was something that Mizzou fans should keep an eye on. Hansbrough rushed for 23 yards on his only two carries of the game. Backup running backs Ish Witter, Tyler Hunt, Morgan Steward and Chase Abbington combined for 72 yards on 24 carries, good for 3.0 yards-per-carry. That’s not going to cut it against a conference foe. It’s certainly not good enough against an FCS opponent.


    “I just think they have to play more,” head coach Gary Pinkel said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “Ish did some really good things. We’ll get Hunt back to 100%. He was suffering with a groin up until that game. Morgan’s getting better. A few weeks from now he might be 100 percent. And we’ll bring Abbington in and get him ready to play, too. Obviously, if we get Russell back, and he stays healthy, that will take care of a lot of problems.”


    This isn’t the Tigers’ run game that we’ve grown accustomed to over the past couple years. Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy rushed for at least 500 yards on better than five yards-per-carry in each of the past two seasons. The last time the Tigers’ backfield had such little depth behind a proven starter was in 2012. Kendial Lawrence was the starter, and then-backups Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough combined for less than 100 carries on the season.


    The running backs weren’t the only ones that carry the burden for the team’s rushing performance on Saturday, though. The offensive line also didn’t have its best day after All SEC-caliber center Evan Boehm sprained his right ankle. Boehm hurt himself on the Tigers’ second play from scrimmage. He was able to play for the remainder of the half, but he came out of the tunnel in street clothes and a boot after halftime. With their leader out and a two first-time starters getting their first action of major college football, the Tigers struggled to consistently win at the point of attack.


    “It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t the best,” Boehm said on Monday. “We’re going to go out there this week and we’re going to correct that. We showed some weaknesses that we have on the offensive line. And that’s the same film that Arkansas State is getting. They’re going to attack those weaknesses.”



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    Boehm said that Alec Abeln and Nate Crawford made some uncharacteristic mistakes in their Mizzou debut. Abeln was moved from left guard to center after Boehm went down, which certainly didn’t help things. Add in a solid SEMO defensive front, and you have the makings for a rough day up front.


    “A lot of it, we’re one guy away every time,” offensive line coach A.J. Ricker said. “You have four guys on the right guy, or five guys on the right guy, and one guy misses a block. That’s what I mean when I’m talking about being consistent.”


    The offensive line and running backs will both look for some sort of consistency as they take the field again on Saturday against Arkansas State. A 2.7 yards-per-carry  performance against SEMO results in the game staying closer than you want for longer than you want. The same type of performance against a solid Arkansas State team could be much more devastating.


    “I don’t think the score of the USC game showed it, but they’re a dang good defense,” Boehm said. “It’s going to be another tough game for us. It’s hard to win in division one football… It’s going to be at their place, a night game, and their season opener. I know they’re excited, and we’re just as excited.”