LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV has promoted interim athletic director Erick Harper to serve in the job full time.
Harper's hiring, announced on Monday, was effective Jan. 1. He had served as interim athletic director since Desiree Reed-Francois left UNLV for Missouri in August.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cole Talley kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired and Army rallied to beat Missouri 24-22 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night.
After the Tigers took a 22-21 lead on a touchdown with 1:11 to play, third-string quarterback Jabari Laws led Army (9-4) downfield to the Missouri 24-yard line, setting up Talley’s game-winner.
Armed Forces Bowl: Army (8-3) vs. Missouri (6-6), Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
Line: Army by 4½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Missouri goes into its first bowl game under coach Eliah Drinkwitz with one of the nation's worst run defenses and has to face Army's vaunted triple-option offense.
The Tigers understand their tall task in the Armed Forces Bowl on Wednesday night.
Army (8-3, Independent) vs. Missouri (6-6, SEC), Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ET
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Just 45 miles of interstate highway separate Eli Drinkwitz from where he started and where he is now as Missouri's head football coach.
Raised in the small Arkansas town of Alma, Drinkwitz will come full circle Friday when his Tigers visit No.
There is still so much to be decided heading into this week's Thanksgiving college football feast.
Let's sort it out, conference by conference.
Atlantic Coast Conference: No. 20 Pitt is locked into the conference championship game and will face No.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak heard boos from the home fans as he trotted to the sideline after fruitless drives Saturday. It was nothing but cheers after he lofted a 2-point conversion pass to Daniel Parker Jr.
Dan Mullen first came to the Southeastern Conference as the offensive coordinator for Urban Meyer at Florida in 2005, and every day of every year since that point Mullen has felt as if he was coaching for his job.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen is sticking with quarterback Emory Jones for Saturday’s game at Missouri and probably the rest of the season.
Jones is coming off a record-setting performance in a 70-52 victory against lower-division Samford.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Before the season, Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz wasn’t sure if undersized Tyler Badie could handle the workload of being an every-down running back. Turns out, it’s the opponents who should be worried about the punishment being dished out by the Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Badie rushed 34 times for 209 yards and a touchdown and Missouri held off South Carolina’s fourth-quarter charge to defeat the Gamecocks 31-28 on Saturday.
The Tigers (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) built a 17-point lead when Badie scored on a 19-yard run with 12:31 left in the game.
Missouri and South Carolina have been mirror images of each other for much of the season.
Both of them were blown out by Tennessee and Texas A&M but played Kentucky tough in a loss. Both have played three different quarterbacks due to injuries, forcing each of them to lean on their star running backs.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top-ranked Georgia hasn’t seen an offense like Tennessee’s this season.
At least that’s what the Volunteers are counting on.
As the Bulldogs (9-0, 7-0, No. 1 CFP) prepare for their final Southeastern Conference game, they will be challenged Saturday by an attack that can score points in a hurry.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Young passed for 302 yards and No. 3 Alabama’s defense came up with enough big plays for a 20-14 victory over heavy underdog LSU on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — With Missouri gearing its defense to stop the run, No. 1 Georgia relied on big plays in a passing game that was boosted by the return of quarterback JT Daniels.
Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns before giving way to Daniels, the former starter, leading the Bulldogs to a 43-6 win over Missouri on Saturday.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia outside linebacker Adam Anderson’s attorney said Friday he has asked for Anderson's suspension to be lifted because his client, who is under investigation by Athens police for an alleged rape, has not been charged with a crime.
Missouri (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 6-0, No. 1 CFP), Saturday at noon EDT (ESPN).
Line: Georgia by 39 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz is preparing to bring the nation's worst rushing defense and an uncertain situation at quarterback against unbeaten Georgia, the nation's top-ranked team led by the game's stingiest scoring defense.
Things to watch in Week 10 in the Southeastern Conference:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Badie set the offensive pace for the Missouri Tigers on Saturday afternoon with two rushing touchdowns and 294 total yards in a 37-28 Southeastern Conference win over Vanderbilt.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The last Southeastern Conference team Vanderbilt beat is coming to Nashville Saturday and the Commodores are looking to end their 17-game skid against league opponents.
Not that Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea is looking at the Missouri Tigers just an opportunity to end the slide.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aidan O’Connell threw for 375 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, David Bell had a career-best 240 yards receiving and Purdue continued its recent mastery over No. 2 Iowa with a 24-7 victory Saturday.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher warned his team all week that it couldn’t afford a letdown after its upset of top-ranked Alabama. His message got through, as the 21st-ranked Aggies buried Missouri early in a 35-14 victory Saturday.
No. 21 Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2 SEC) at Missouri (3-3, 0-2), Saturday at noon EDT (SEC Network).
Line: Texas A&M by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Jimbo Fisher opened his weekly news conference going through everything that Texas A&M did well the previous week, when the Aggies stunned then-No. 1 Alabama before a raucous crowd at Kyle Field.
Sometimes a big game really isn't.
No. 1 Georgia faces No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday, the third straight game for the Bulldogs against a ranked Southeastern Conference opponent.
Georgia won the first two games by a combined score of 71-10, and the oddsmakers don't expect this one to be all that much closer.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz called running back Tyler Badie the “least-talked-about great player in the country.”
Badie turned in another under-the-radar classic Saturday, rushing for a career-high 217 yards and scoring three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 48-35 victory over North Texas.
Since the start of the season, Missouri players have headed into practice each week knowing exactly where they stand on coach Eli Drinkwitz's depth chart.
Not this week.
After the Tigers were blown out 62-24 by Tennessee, every position was up for grabs when they reconvened for practice.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — First-year Missouri defensive line coach Jethro Franklin was fired Sunday, one day after Tennessee ran for 452 yards and scored on 10 of 11 offensive possessions in a 62-24 blowout at Faurot Field.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When asked by reporters on Tuesday about facing the struggling Missouri defense, Tennessee running back Tiyon Evans was initially coy but then said, “We’re going to have some fun.” He got that right.
No. 25 Clemson is desperately looking for answers after its disappointing start to the season. Rising Boston College won't be an easy solution to the Tigers' problems.
The Tigers (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have lost twice in September for the first time since 2014.
Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz has seen four very different offenses through the first four games of the season.
He's going to see No. 5 on Saturday.
That's when Tennessee brings its fast-break offense, averaging more than three plays per minute, to Faurot Field for an important SEC game.
For about 45 minutes late Saturday afternoon, college football was on overload.
North Carolina State went from agony to ecstasy against No. 9 Clemson. Baylor stopped a 2-point conversion to upset No.
BOSTON (AP) — Denis Grosel threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Zay Flowers in overtime, and Brandon Sebastian’s interception sealed the victory on Saturday as Boston College recovered after blowing two fourth-quarter leads to beat Missouri 41-34.
BOSTON (AP) — ACC vs. SEC.
It’s a juicy interconference matchup when Boston College (3-0) hosts Missouri (2-1) on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
BC, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, will be hosting the first Southeastern Conference school since 1987.
Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State.
Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Connor Bazelak squeezed a full day of production into one half Saturday as he led Missouri to a 59-28 victory over Southeast Missouri.
Bazelak completed 21 of 30 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers (2-1).
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain and the Chippewas have demonstrated already this season that they can go into an SEC stadium and be competitive.
Yet McElwain is reluctant to characterize a visit to LSU’s 102,000-seat Death Valley, where the Chippewas (1-1) will meet the Tigers (1-1) on Saturday night, as similar to playing at Missouri, where Central Michigan lost 34-24 two weeks ago.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Mark Stoops quickly dismisses any notion of FCS Chattanooga being a “breather” game for Kentucky.
Not with the Wildcats (2-0) facing another Southeastern Conference challenge looming next week at South Carolina.
Missouri already has a couple high-profile wins under Eli Drinkwitz in just over one pandemic-shortened season, and the Tigers have been hauling in four- and five-star recruits like never before.
Yet their narrow loss at Kentucky last weekend was a reminder: The Tigers are still early in the building phase.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky right guard Eli Cox recovered Chris Rodriguez Jr.'s fumble in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown and the Wildcats stopped Missouri late for a hard-fought 35-28 victory Saturday night in the Southeastern Conference opener.
Here are things to watch in the Southeastern Conference in Week 2:
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Missouri (1-0) visits Kentucky (1-0). An early SEC East lead is at stake for the schools, which were picked to finish third and fourth respectively in a preseason media poll.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sitting atop the SEC East for one week is enough motivation for Missouri and Kentucky to get up for their meeting this weekend.
As the rest of the Southeastern Conference continues with nonconference tune-ups, the Tigers and Wildcats matchup will determine the initial division leader (at least until perennial heavyweights Georgia and Florida get going).
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz knew that Missouri could be in for a fight against Central Michigan on Saturday.
The Tigers hadn’t played a nonconference game in two seasons, and they hadn’t had a full house at Faurot Field in nearly as long.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz was effusive in his praise for Central Michigan's Jim McElwain early this week, pointing out his successes in the SEC at Florida and the more recent job he's done rebuilding the Chippewas.
Expectations surrounding Missouri in its first go-around under Eli Drinkwitz were predictably modest, a byproduct of both the backpedaling the program had done under Barry Odom and the problems COVID-19 caused to the entire season.
Missouri hired UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois as its AD on Sunday.
Reed-Francois, who has been AD at UNLV since 2017, will replace Jim Sterk, who stepped down two weeks ago.
She will become the second woman hired as an athletic director in the Southeastern Conference and the first at one of the league’s 13 public schools.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Missouri and Arkansas both had some encouraging signs, if not great records, in their first seasons under new coaches.
Now, the Tigers’ Eliah Drinkwitz and Razorbacks’ Sam Pittman are among four second-year Southeastern Conference coaches trying to continue making headway.