As we reached the middle of the Big 12 season, the picture on the title game is crystal clear in the south, but still blurry in the north. Until Saturday, most people agreed that Colorado and Nebraska were far from the Big 12 North class. Surely, Missouri had 2-1, but their victories came against the donors at the bottom of the Iowa State and Oklahoma State Conference and now they had to play Nebraska! Many claimed that the praised Nebraska defense would put out the lease of Tigers and return to the top 25. But someone forgot to tell Brad Smith.
Sometimes an extraordinary, sometimes despised senior boss has decided to have undoubtedly the best match in his career on Saturday. In throwing for 234 yards, plus touchdown passage, and hurrying for 246 and 3 touchdowns (setting the Mizzou record for a total yard with 480), Smith put his own in the hands of Missouri in the argument for the North champ. This implementation followed the week in which Smith's support, Fr. Chase Daniel, was collecting support for the job of quota. Distantly advertised Daniel went to Missouri against Iowa State for injured Smith and led them to victory for an extension of 27-24, dropping for 185 yards to 16 out of 23 passes. However, this week the only thing Chase Daniel did was a disturbed momentum in Missouri. After four consecutive Smiths that began to play, Daniel entered the first run of the 2nd quarter just to see nothing. It turned out that the drive was a great moment for Nebraska. Although this was a pre-designed maneuver that was presumed for one of the two game modes for Daniel, Smith's performance dictated that he remained in the game.
The years of Brad Smith in Missouri had their main ups and downs, usually turning into results that did not meet expectations. As a true brucess in 2002, Smith replaced starter Kirk Farmer and Tigers went to a record of 5-7. With increased expectations for 2003, Smith raised the team to a record of 8-5 and a link to Independence Bowl (defeat by Arkansas), following a 1310-yard race, a total of 28 seasons of touchdown. In 2004, Smith received a lot of money from Heisman, and he did nothing with it. It was one of the biggest meetings of the Football College season in 2004. Many attributed to his mismanagement by coach Gary Pinkel, but the drop in his number was serious. Although his transitional rivalry rose, his completion rate fell from 60.6 to 51.8, and his chased yard fell to 553.
Although it seems Brad Smith may never leave Missouri, he is now his season. 2005 is the year in which Brad Smith finally can experience his powerful potential. On Saturday, when on Saturday ran the former ranking defense in the country, Smith enriched his job and put Missuri in the hunt for the Great North. His performance made him only the sixth player in the NCAA history who threw 200 yards and passed 200 yards in one game (the first of the Indiana Antwaan Randle El in 2000). In addition, he is currently the leading rusher in the Big 12 and the 10th leading rusher in the NCAA this season, but has already won his overall score since 2004.
However, there are still several obstacles on the roads of Smith and Missouri. This week Kansas visits the annual war. Kansas won the last 2 meetings and proved to be a big problem for Smith. In the past two games against them, Smith has rushed to an incredible 8 yards on 30 cards and the Kansas defense that will face this season is currently number 1 in the Big 12 against the run. If they somehow manage to shake the demons in Lawrence, they still have road games with current favorite North Colorado and Kansas State, which have not won since 1992.
I stopped putting money on Smith, who had previously shown a shining splendor, jumped for 291 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2003 to win Texas Tech. He was one of the most consistent players in college in the last few years. The question is whether he turned the corner against Nebraska on Saturday or was it just another brilliant flash? You have to ask yourself if they will ever put it all together.
As far as Missouri is concerned, I do not think they have a team capable of conquering the north. Outside of Brad Smith, they're still not that good. They are currently in the 10th place at a conference in total defense, allowing 375 yards, their schedule is bad, and hari-duck Gary Pinkel continues to be their coach. Missouri will only go to Brad Brad's. If he plays as much as 80% as the rest of the season as in the game of Nebraska, he can give Vince Young a race for the best player in the Big 12 and lead to their first 12 big game. But if he does not, he would also easily be able to go into oblivion after this season. Now it's time for Smith to either confirm himself as a big quoterbeck or launch a version of Notre Dame, the patron of Ron Powlus, a four-year-old starter who can never experience his full potential.