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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Reflecting on Missouri's play, looking ahead to Kansas State

Sunday, October 2, 2011 | 5:53 p.m. CDT; updated 2:04 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 3, 2011

The Missouri football team had a bye last week, giving the media and coaching staff time to reflect on the team's performance so far this season.

Reflecting on the Oklahoma loss

Missouri has been having troubles in the kicking game this season. Kicker Grant Ressel was 43 for 46 in the past two seasons combined but has been 6 for 10 so far this season. Coach Gary Pinkel said he would have to focus on getting Ressel's confidence back up along with adjusting when and where he would decide to kick.

The article also contained a graphic comparing quarterback James Franklin's performance against Oklahoma with former quarterback Blaine Gabbert's in 2010, which demonstrated that Franklin outperformed Gabbert in all but two passing categories.

Josey shines; Egnew disappears

In the season so far, sophomore tailback Henry Josey ranks first nationally in yards per carry (12.4) and fourth in total rushing yards (533). Although the numbers are slightly inflated by Josey's 263 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns during Missouri's blowout of Western Illinois, Pinkel said Josey is "the real thing."

Meanwhile, tight end Michael Egnew has not been highly visible during Missouri's first few games. He only has eight catches for a combined 97 yards and one touchdown.

Big 12 stable ... for now

Since the Pac-12 announced they would not be adding teams last week, the Big 12 waters have been calmer. But the Missourian sports blog reported that a plane flew from Columbia to Birmingham, Ala. — where the SEC headquarters are located — on Tuesday.

The Kansas City Star also provided analysis about where Missouri would fall compared with the other SEC teams and Texas A&M for the past 10 seasons. The answer: right in the middle at No. 7.

Feline showdown

The Tigers will take on the undefeated Kansas State Wildcats (4-0) on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State beat Baylor (3-1) Saturday 36-35, coming back from a 9-point deficit at the end of the third quarter. An interception by Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown with 3:10 left in the game sealed the win.

Last year, Missouri beat Kansas State 38-28 in Columbia.


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