Rock M Nation’s reactions: K-State was the most depressing loss of the Drinkwitz era

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The most disappointing Mizzou loss I can remember in recent years was actually on the basketball court, at the dreaded Norfolk State game. I never believed Tiger would lose that match until Phil Brescy actually missed the shot. I’m still not sure what I just watched even after the final whistle.

Not so. This was different. There was definitely a shock, but the pain was different. Missouri’s loss to Norfolk left me heartbroken. This team has proven so much, and still feels like it has so much to play for. Missouri lose on Saturday against Kansas State He left me with anger. Because this team proved nothing, and I felt like this was their chance to do exactly that.

Missouri was an underdog on Saturday, and for good reason. Kansas State finished last season with 8-5, but that included close losses to Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas. Chris Kleiman has proven to be an excellent trainer, and the Wildcats have a clear identity as a ground and pound attacker. They also have a defense that wins with four passes up front and the ability to keep everything in front of them when they drop eight in coverage.

Winning has always been a daunting task, but that wasn’t really the expectation. The expectation was to be competitive. Missouri failed to reach such a standard. Oh boy, hi, did they fail.

Missouri lost in a non-conference game by 28 points for the first time since Barry Odom lost the Tigers at home to Purdue, 35-3, in 2017. Before that, you have to go back to 2001 when Missouri lost by 48 points. point in Michigan State Gary Pinkel’s first year on campus.

This was not supposed to happen. This was supposed to be the year Missouri showed tangible signs of progress, and Saturday was anything but. Missouri was excelling, excelling in training and excelling. And all this happened despite the clear advantage of the Tigers when it came to the talent they had amassed on the list.

Mizzou has suffered disappointing losses in recent years. They have been destroyed in Mississippi In 2020. They found a way to check out the heartbreaker in overtime at Boston College last season. There was a 35-28 loss last season in Lexington against Kentucky. Oh, and there was this embarrassment at home last year when Tennessee came and hit the hell out of Mizzou, 62-24.

You might call these excuses, but I call them explanations. I can explain All of those losses. Missouri had fewer than 60 scholarship players available for the game against Mississippi State due to COVID, transfers, and injuries. At this point, the team just wanted to go over the schedule. give up 51 points with who – which high school against who – which Scheme almost felt inevitable. The losses of Boston and Kentucky College, while disappointing, were your typical college football loss. Missouri showed his heart, had every chance to win, but failed to meet two teams that did the thing that the Missouri defense could not stop; Ball ran. Boston College ran it up to 275 yards on 49 buggies. Kentucky carried the ball 52 times for more than 340 yards. They couldn’t stop it, and we all knew it. They simply didn’t have the talent or the blueprint to get the job done. That was frustrating, but not surprising. Tennessee kicks their butts the way it surprised me, but that’s always a possibility when you’re out of hand against Josh Hubbell’s offense. We’ve seen it in the opposite direction.

This was different. Klieman was hired at Kansas State In 2019. He inherited the team that finished the previous season 5-7. His enlistment classes were ranked 58th, 49th, 60th, and 50th, respectively. He succeeded in drawing a total of One A first-class recruit since arriving at K-State. His team is now on the cusp of being ranked in the top 25 and considered a rival to the Black Horses in the Big 12. This is a testament to the identification and development of strong talent and the ability to put players in a position to succeed. I can’t say the same about Missouri, and that came to the fore on Saturday.

Apparently two-thirds of those who voted in the latest Reacts poll would agree that losing K-state was the most frustrating of the Drinkwitz era.

Maybe that’s what this is all about. Missouri’s loss at Kansas raised more questions than it answered, and it was meant to do the opposite. Are recruiting categories overestimated in Missouri? If so, what else can we refer to as signs of progress? If not, what does it say about this employee’s ability to develop talent?

Missouri’s losses against Mississippi State, Boston College, Kentucky and Tennessee didn’t make me wonder if the program was going in the right direction. Losing against Kansas State, I did. If that isn’t the most disappointing loss of hope in the Drenkwitz era, I don’t know what is.

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