That's a toughie. I'd place my bet on Verne though.
After giving up 24 to the Citadel and 28 to Appy, I was greatly surprised that we only gave up 10 to Wofford as banged up as we are on D. Guys need to stay focused though since we have apparently not exactly locked up a playoff spot just yet. I heard somewhere that Furman (yes, Furman) still has a chance to get the automatic bid from our conference. If that happened, Samford would be the next pick, and then we'd get in only if they took 3 from the SoCon. But if we win against Samford on Saturday, we won't need to worry at all about getting in.
Anybody catch Verne's subtle shot at Musburger during the Bama/LSU game? After making sure to not make any ridiculous comments about AJ's mom and g/f when the camera was put on them, GD half-jokingly asked him if that was all he was going to say about the women. Verne then noted that he uses discretion and "I don't work for that four-letter network."
The Mocs should definitely be better this year simply because our top 4 are all coming back from last season. I expected 7 conference wins from the young bucks last year and they got 8 despite having 3 of their top 6 miss significant time due to injury. This is a good group and I am expecting at least 10 conference wins from them this year (that's 5 or 6 at home and 4 or 5 on the road).
Your last paragraph was one of the funniest things you've ever written. Well done.
Agreed on the overplayed season opener for the Mocs. I won't be there tomorrow to see us pound Covenant by 40. In fact, it doesn't even feel like basketball season until around the time of the Dr. Pepper Classic. Then conference play soon follows.
Huitt is our other "move the pile" runner.
High of 64 on Saturday, but if you sit on the home side, you'll need to dress like it's 44. The sun disappears pretty quickly from that side during late season games. Then the cold breeze flows off of Lookout, ricochets off of Parkway Towers (or something like that), then gives us a strong chill in our seats.
[Should that count as one of Thursday's Fab 4-plus-1 picks...]
I vote yes.
[ESPN bucket head Brian Griese thinks Stanford can slow the Ducks. (Uh, how, exactly? Tell them the game is Friday?)]
It doesn't seem as outlandish of a statement simply because the Cardinal were able to stop them last year. But Oregon is clearly better this year so it's safe to say that they'll score more than 14 this time around.
[How concerned are you about UTC's special teams come Saturday.]
Pollard hasn't had the pressure put on him this year yet, but he'll be an important contributor for these next 2 games. His prior history doesn't give me a whole lot of confidence (especially when the kicks are from 40+), but we can all hope that he's now prepared himself enough for the big moments if/when they present themselves.
[Did the NBA start requiring teams to run 'Fire' at least three times a quarter?]
Ouch. I've been pleased with how well the shooting has improved in the league over the past few years. Part of that is simply putting better shooters on the floor. Part of THAT is a result of the rules changes from 10+ years ago to open up the game and reduce the physicality. I'm not sure that guys like Martin, Curry, and Redick would have made it in the NBA 10-15 years ago for that reason. Now college basketball is in that same boat the NBA was in...low scoring games, physicality trumping fundamentals, bad officiating, etc. But if the NBA can turn things around for the better, maybe the NCAA can as well.
Good point. I think that's part of it, but their teams/records are still bad this season regardless of whether it's due to underachieving or having a legit down-year.
No question it was a hard-fought win. There are a bunch of winners on this year's team. But I have a hard time saying it's in the top 5 or 10 of our biggest wins when it was against an unranked team that was 2-6.
Note to Jay Blackman: Now would be a great time for a white-out or blue-out.
[What is the biggest surprise — Foles getting his name in the record book next to ; the Kansas Chiefs being 9-0, and winning Sunday without an offensive touchdown; or the Steelers being historically bad?]
Foles gets the edge over the Chiefs.
[Over/under at Finley on Saturday for the biggest game for UTC since The Cosby Show was on TV? If we posted it at 12,000 would you take the over or the under?]
Over 12k but under 13k. Fair or unfair, the UT-Auburn game will be too appealing for some to leave their couch. And since the Mocs can be seen on ESPN3, that's yet another incentive for the fringe fans to stay home. And the Mocs have had multiple "biggest games since The Cosby Show" since Huesman has been there. The problem is that we're ofer in those games (unless you count the win from this past Saturday).
Agreed that the win over TN is the biggest in Mocs' history. And I wouldn't replace that one unless/until we win an FCS title. Good call on the Marshall game too. All that said though, I think the W from this past Saturday is a bit overblown. Yes, we ended the 30-year drought of winning in Boone, but this was the worst App team that Huesman has faced, they were 2-6, and they're not even competing for a SoCon title. Because I expected us to win this game, I would have been more disappointed with a loss than I am excited about the win. These next 2 games are a much bigger deal to me because they are the 2 best conference opponents that we'll have faced all season. And they both still have a shot (with us) at winning the conference.
About what time will you be calling into Sport Talk today? I'll be sure to tune in.
Appy St. has indeed gotten better the past two weeks, but I don't think that changes the fact that we are the better team in this game. No excuses with the injuries either. We have capable RBs and WRs to fill in the voids left by Keon and Hudson.
The main issue for me will be Durden's play-calling. It hasn't been much of a negative factor thus far but that's because the Mocs' schedule to date has been pretty easy. But some of his play choices have left me scratching my head this year. As the schedule gets tougher from here on out, this could become a big deal from week to week.
Even if the Mocs beat App 50-0, I'd be shocked if 16,000 showed up to Finley next Sat. (for reasons we've already discussed). I'd be happy with 12,000.
After seeing the Heat roll through their big win streak last season, I wonder if they have a shot at breaking the Bulls' 72-win record. If I had to guess, I'd say they won't do it this year. The competition has gotten a little bit tougher overall and I don't think the Heat improved that much (if at all).
[If LeBron played for the Hawks, would the Hawks be the favorite in the Eastern Conference?]
I'd give the edge to the Bulls. But the Hawks would be close.
LeBron on the Bulls: "We don't like them, they don't like us. It's not unheard of. We all know how it is."
The Mocs should expect to win this Saturday. Keon may not play, but that shouldn't matter. The other RBs are capable of filling the void. The offense needs to protect the ball and Durden needs to call a good game.
Not sure yet how many will show up for the Wofford game. The Mocs had a big game last year against GSU and only a hair under 9,000 showed up...and a third of those were GSU fans. Maybe a heavy promotion from the athletics dept. will encourage a good turnout, but either way, it's hard for the Mocs to compete against the SEC on TV. Plus, the Wofford game is being shown on ESPN3.