Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz received a two-year contract extension, tying him with the Tigers for the 2027 season for a level of consistency the program has lacked in recent years.
The school did not announce the terms of the extension, although a university spokesman said Drinkwitz would receive an increase in guaranteed pay. His original six-year contract earned him $4 million a year before promotions.
“You can’t do this alone and our players, coaches and staff have worked hard and stuck to the process while we’ve created this program,” Drinkwitz said in a statement hours before the Tigers played Kentucky. at Fawrot Field.
“We strongly believe in our trajectory and are proud to represent our state’s flagship institution,” Drinkwitz said. “We are grateful to the administration for investing in our program and excited about the future of Mizzou football.”
Drinkwitz was hired in 2019 after the program became mediocre with Barry Odom, but its recovery has become more difficult due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drinkwitz, who won 12 games in his only season as a head coach at Appalachian State, went 5-5 and 6-7 in his rookie season with a loss in the Armed Forces Cup last year.
The Tigers have started this season 2-4, trailing former Big 12 rivals Kansas State and losing consecutive straight games to top-ranked Georgia and Florida, Auburn. This slow start led some to believe that Drinkwitz, who was hired by predecessor sporting director Desiree Ried-François, would be in a hot spot for the remainder of the season.
He was still just 15-16 and 10-13 in the SEC game before the game against the Wildcats.
However, the proximity to the reigning national champion Bulldogs showed that the Tigers were on the right track, and consecutive victories over Vanderbilt and South Carolina appeared to give Missouri officials confidence in the program’s soundness. The board of curators of the university voted 7-0 to extend Drinkwitz’s contract.
“Coach Drinkwitz and his team have given a big boost to our football program.” This was stated by Missouri President Moon Choi. “You can feel the excitement and see it in the fans that are in large numbers at Fawrot Field.
“The Drinkwitz Coach Program is a key part of the performance-driven championship culture that AD Reed-Francois creates to support our student athletes. Like many of our fans, I am very excited to see what the future holds for Mizzo’s football.”
Earlier this week Missouri’s First Year Defense Coordinator Blake Baker agreed to an extension that would allow him to remain with the Tigers until the 2025 season. This increased his salary from $600,000 to an average salary of $1.2 million.
“Our football team is on the right track,” said Ried-Francois, “and we are seeing results in recruiting and on the pitch. Coach Drinkwitz is a dynamic leader who brings people together and we believe in our football staff’s shared commitment to class and community excellence. We look forward to seeing him continue hosting our program in the future.”
Georgia solidified its lead in the Associated Press poll of college football, with TCU moving up to 4th and Alabama dropping to 10th.
The Bulldogs received their strongest support of the season after beating Tennessee 1-2 on Saturday. Georgia received 61 out of 63 first-place votes from the media panel in the AP Top 25 ranking presented by Regions Bank.
Ohio came in second. Michigan moved up to 3rd place and TCU moved up three spots to their highest ranking since the end of the 2017 season.
Tennessee No. 5 dropped three spots after losing on the road to the reigning national champions.
For the first time in the era of college football playoffs, Alabama and Clemson lost on the same day and both dropped in the rankings. Crimson Tide (7-2) lost one point to LSU in overtime and ended up in 10th place, their worst ranking since 2015.
LSU has climbed eight places to No. 7, the Tigers’ best ranking since they started from No. 6 in 2020. It was then that they flew out of the gate a season after winning the national championship.
Oregon finished 6th for the season, and Pac-12 rivals 8th in Southern California and 9th at UCLA entered the top 10.
Clemson dropped seven places to 12th after losing to Notre Dame. Last year, the Tigers dropped out of the top 25 entirely for the first time since 2011.
Alabama held onto its spot in the top 10 of the rankings, and its streak of weeks was in the top 10. The Crimson Tide has a streak of 120 consecutive polls with a rating of at least 10. This is the second longest such streak in AP poll history. behind Miami (1985-93).
– No. 18 Texas returned to the rankings this week and still has a chance to win the Big 12.
– No. 20 Notre Dame moved from No. 5 in pre-season to third week unranked. After a roundabout way, the “Fighting Irish” returned to the rankings.
– No. 24 Washington had a moment in September, then stumbled on the road. Huskies are very strong at home, and that’s enough.
– No. 25 Florida State was ranked No. 1 for a week in October before losing a three-game streak. This time, the Seminole may stay.
– Conference rivals on the Atlantic Coast, Syracuse and Wake Forest, were knocked out of the rankings after suffering their second consecutive losses. Demons Deacons are unranked for the first time this season.
– Oklahoma State is also out of the top 25 for the first time this season.
– Oregon stayed one week after a nine-season drought break in the top 25.
SPK – 5 (No. 1, 5, 7, 10, 11).
Pak-12 – 5 (No. 6, 8, 9, 13, 24).
AKK – 4 (No. 12, 15, 17, 25).
Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 2, 3, 14, 21).
Large 12 – 3 (No. 4, 18, 23).
American – 2 (No. 16, 22).
Individuals – 2 (No. 19, 20).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 10 in Alabama and No. 11 in Mississippi.
No. 24 Washington to No. 6 Oregon.
No. 4 TCU at No. 18 in Texas.
No. 22 UCF to No. 16 Tulane.
EVANSTON, Illinois – Ryan Day was more than willing to take the win and walk away from it. It was hard to blame the coach for the way the wind blew and the rain poured down.
Soup Williams ran for 111 yards and touched down twice, and Ohio State’s No. 2 overcame terrible weather and a tough challenge from the Northwest to win Saturday 21-7.
The Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) tied with Tennessee in the AP Poll and were second only to the Volunteers in the season’s first college football playoff rankings. But what seemed like an easy win turned into a struggle.
Torrential rain that fell from time to time, and gusts of wind that knocked off course all day, helped this. Northwestern’s physical play, especially in the beginning, only added to the difficulty.
“I have never been in such conditions,” Day said. “The wind must have been 30 miles per hour. And if you’ve ever tried golf in 30 mph winds, you’ll have a hard time getting off the target, let alone throwing the ball. We foresaw this, so we had a plan. … There were times when I was worried that the click would come back.”
The Buckeyes did not score until the last minutes of the first half, when Emeka Egbuka started it from 15.
Williams put Ohio State ahead with a 27-yard touchdown in the third quarter and celebrated by creating snow angels on the grass. He did it 21-7 when he scored from 2 with 4.5 minutes left in the game after CJ Stroud broke the run for 44 yards and the Buckeyes scored a harder-than-expected victory.
Stroud, the Big Ten leader in passing, set a career high with 76 passes. He completed only 10 of 26 passes in his only game this year without a touchdown. But he ran for 79 yards, a big number, especially for a quarterback with 4 yards down on the rush.
“We needed to find another way to win,” Stroud said. “I’m like that in every game where I tell the coach let me run if he wants to, and if not, that’s his business.”
The Buckeyes set a season high with 283 yards and tied with one in scoring. But they played enough to secure their 10th straight win over the North West and their 34th in their last 35 meetings.
The Wildcats (1–8, 1–5) have lost for the eighth time in a row, equaling their worst run since 1998, when the team lost eight in a row. They are 5-17 since losing to Ohio State in the 2020 conference championship game.
“A lot of good things happened today,” Coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “Unfortunately, the result on the scoreboard is bad. I thought our staff came up with a really good plan to prepare for the elements, and I think we pretty much executed it, except for a couple of games. It ended up being the difference in the game.”
Ohio State averaged 48.9 points – second only to Tennessee – and did not score below 44 points in the Big Ten game. But the Buckeyes had a difficult time.
The Northwestern, which had not beaten a top-five team since knocking out No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 5 Iowa in the first two games of the 1959 season, took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Hull made a straight snap. and scored out of 16.
Egbuka turned from the right side and scored from 15 to equalize at 7 with 2:26 left in the half. Stroud continued that drive with a 16-yard goalie on fourth down on Northwestern 37.
Williams, who left last week’s game early at Penn State with an injury, gave Ohio State the lead with 8:44 left when he rebounded off the pack, turned right and beat three or four defensemen on his 27-yard touchdown. He put it aside for his short streak in the fourth round.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
Although the Buckeyes remained undefeated, they…