Good to know about those guys.
I noticed UTC staggered the start times for home games this year presumably to avoid competing with expected TN start times. Kind of a guessing game for sure, but it might be better than before.
Jomo, I said they are a decent foe. If you take that to mean they are a Final Four team, well, that's on you.
Jacob = Romo? Ouch.
What's the injury report for Shafaat and Rayl?
[Stewwie, we'll say it for you: Close does not count this year and they are going to have to figure out a way to finish in big situations.]
Heck, close didn't count last year. Well, to some of us anyway.
I am concerned about Jacob as a QB. To be fair, let's wait until the FCS competition first. But I had a better feeling about him after his performance against South Florida two years ago than against that team last night. And I don't think Central Michigan is as good as South Florida was. What did Hargis say, 9 total yards for us in the 2nd half last night? We've got to be better than that.
I was hoping to hear Russ go on a Denny Green-like rant after the game. "We let 'em off the hook!" Lol.
I love your passion and we both share the same desire to see the Mocs succeed. But I think a lot of folks have a low bar for the football program. At this point, who cares how it looked when Russ arrived? This is Year 6. He's got the talent (and he has since 2011), so we need to see some better results. And now that our conference is weaker than ever, there's really no excuse. I can't speak for everyone else, but I am personally getting tired of seeing us underachieve.
Pre-Huesman, the Mocs had terrible coaching. There was no championship-level talent on the field, but it wasn't bottom-feeder either.
I thought the UT trip is bringing in about $400k and the Central Michigan trip $300k or so? The Central Michigan check is supposedly going toward the new football building.
Before tonight's opener, I have to ask, will any starters be dressed but not playing due to "tweaked hamstrings"? Lol.
[Defensively, we have little reason to doubt the talent or the plan.]
The secondary will be a clear weakness.
[Coach Russ Huesman and Co. have worked miracles restructuring a roster and a program that was among the worst in Division I football before they arrived. Seriously.]
What miracles? Yes, the team has improved, but Huesman's tenure has been filled with disappointment and underachievement. And still no playoff appearances.
[...you have to remember that winning a share of the conference title has to count for something.]
Not really. The conference was clearly down last year. Knowing what we know now about App and GSU, there's no reason why we shouldn't have gone 10-2 last year.
The supposedly good recruiting classes need to translate to better success on the field. The excuse-making from Huesman for us not doing better simply needs to stop.
Pee Wee Football.
Jomo, only you would rub it in to Vols fans on how bad their team is and then expect them to beat a decent foe by 3 TDs. Lol. And remember, Utah State will have the better QB on the field Sunday night.
The Cavs will have some growing pains at first much like the Heat did in their first year with the Big 3 when all those guys try to figure out how to succeed with only one ball to go around. Couple that with them playing for a rookie (albeit an internationally successful) NBA coach and there are some questions there. I think the Bulls will certainly have the edge defensively and with a healthy Rose, they should have enough offense to be the best in the conference. But that's the thing, Rose MUST stay healthy for them to win the East. Otherwise, it's definitely the Cavs' to lose.
I'd still give a slight edge to the Bulls (with a healthy Rose) over the Cavs in the East at this point. After that, don't be surprised if the Wizards are the next best team. Either way, the Heat should be a top-5 team in the East.
"Sam sacked Manziel..." Lol.
Congrats on reaching 1,000 5-at-10 entries. Can't believe there's already been that many. Here's hoping for at least 1,000 more. Always a fun read and back-and-forth in the comments. Keep up the good work, Jay.