RobertM320 wrote:I know everyone's upset with where we are. I'm definitely not happy with how we looked yesterday. I also have concerns that we're not progressng. Then again, no one is taking the time to put it in proper perspective. Sometimes it could just be the way the schedule is laid out. Some points.
We've lost 5 games. The five teams have a combined record of 30-6, with USF and OU not finished yet today. Three of the five are ALREADY bowl eligible, in October. The other two have five wins. Three of them are ranked. FIU just went on the road and beat the top CUSA team, Marshall. In fact, two of the three teams we've beaten also have 6 wins, and one is bowl eligible as well. So we've played 7 FBS teams, and 4 are bowl eligible already. By the time we're done, this schedule is going to have ended up with at least 7, maybe 8 TEAMS going to bowls. That's a far cry from the 2013 schedule.
The opponents the next three games have a combined record of 8-15, pending what UH does today. So far, at halftime they've got a TOTAL of 82 yards against USF and are losing. Cincy and ECU are nowhere close to the talent of every other school we've played this season, Grambling excepted. If we lose one of those two games, THEN we need to start being concerned.
Our goal this season was to be average, looking to go 6-6 and go to a bowl. If we had already played ECU and Cincy and still had OU and USF to go, we'd be feeling all happy at 5-3, and then crushed when we finished "only" 6-6. That's what happened in 2013.
Put where we are in perspective, and realize that by the end of the year, we'll be exactly where we hoped to be. TBH, in years to come, no ones going to ask how you looked, all they're going to care about is DID YOU WIN? And if we go 6-6, that's what we hoped for before the season, and its better than every team but two in the previous 17 seasons. As the Philadelphia 76ers say, "TRUST THE PROCESS".
We do have a good perspective. We've seen the way we have played and it is without question concerning. The only really good team we have played is OU. Throwing out teams records without the perspective of who they have played is misguided. Everyone knows USF has played nobody. As for the term Bowl eligible that's a joke. It carries no weight now that 78 teams make Bowl games. Marshall is not the best team in CUSA. They lost by 11 at home to FIU today. Which tells you that Butch Davis a good coach. He's better than Fritz and Fritz admitted that after the game.
Like I said above even if we get to 6-6 we won't be where many hoped. What people were looking for was HOW we played. We are playing poorly in all three phases. The process is not working at this point. Hopefully the staff figures things out and gets us back on track.
If you want perspective how about this. We lose Hilliard which is a big loss. People don't give him near the credit he deserves for making a lot out of so little. On defense we lose 8 starters. You think we don't have depth now wait till next year. We don't have a good kicker on the roster. Not looking good going forward.
BTW USF just lost so they may not be ranked any longer.