Tiny Brandon Banks Poses a Huge Problem For Mizzou

Peter FleischerSenior Writer INovember 10, 2009

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Brandon Banks #83 of the Kansas State Wildcats returns the ball against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on September 19, 2009 in Pasadena, California. UCLA defeated Kansas State 23-9.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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In light of Baylor scrub Nick Florence looking like freaking Dan Marino in Columbia on Saturday (obviously I'm still a little bitter), I can only cringe when I think about lightning fast Brandon Banks going up against the sieve that is Mizzou's secondary on Saturday in Manhattan.

Equipped with a coach that isn't an idiot (with all due respect, Ron Prince), some momentum, and an offense centered around getting him the rock, Banks is poised to cash in on a Tiger team that might give up a big receiving day to my high school.

Banks has got 43 receptions for 529 yards on the season (good for over 12 yards a touch), and also wreaks havoc on special teams, where the Tigers have been especially bad in recent weeks. Baylor consistently fielded kicks near the back of the end zone and took the ball out past the 30 and 40.

The real question is how is Missouri going to attempt to guard Banks? Carl Gettis, if he's out of the hospital for all the burns he suffered on Saturday, is obviously not the No. 1 cornerback capable of sticking Banks.

And in all fairness to Gettis, not many people are. But then again, the secondaries got beat over the top, the linebackers tackled poorly. This is a unit problem, and Banks will probably expose every bit of the defense.

This is certainly a crossroads for Mizzou. They can win two or three of their next games against zero teams that are ranked, get into a bowl, and retain some respectability.

Or they can let Bill Snyder and his rejuvenated team crush them in Manhattan, they can (maybe) win another conference game, finish around the bottom of an absolutely PATHETIC Big 12 North division, and focus on next year, when the youngest two deep in the nation has more experience.

This game, and how successful the Wildcats are at using Banks, will say a lot about Gary Pinkel. Banks is BY FAR the biggest weapon on their team. They really have no good quarterback. If Banks is able to run wild, you gotta wonder what Pinkel is doing other than game planning to stop the Cats only true lethal weapon.

After the embarrassment I saw last Saturday, I say Banks unleashes for a sick line of something like 150 yards and a couple scores. Why not? The positive side of me hopes Mizzou can rebound and show encouraging signs of life, but logic says otherwise.