Network last night with Dari. I don’t see us being that good, but I hope they are right. Stoerner is a homer and McIlroy is a Hog fan, I get that…but both those guys know football and are smart. We have a lot of question marks, including the quarterback, running back and secondary, but if all comes together maybe this is the year we really contend for the West again.
I go over to EliteDawgs to check on the Ole Miss cheating scandal occasionally and today the MSU fans were livid we got picked to be that good. They forget we beat them for a decade straight before Bobby left town.
Show up at all against Toledo and kick a field goal against MSU and we’re 9-3 last year (yes I know we also could have very easily lost to Auburn and Ole Miss, but follow me here). Heck, show up against Toledo and TTech and kick that FG and it’s 10-2. Point is, we’re not that far away. A new QB is a step back, to be sure, but not a huge one. I’m no longer worried about RB if people stay healthy (RWill and Whaley will both be beasts), and I think the pass rush alone will make the D much better. Some things have to go right to win 9 games, or more, but one of these years we’re due to have some things go right.
I agree with Swine. We weren’t far away from either 10-3 or 5-7 last year. In this conference that’s pretty good. I know we could lose to any SEC team this year, but I don’t think it’s likely we’ll lose to more than half of them. Now if we suddenly get hit with the injury bug or AA fails to produce, things could go south, but absent that I like our shot at 9 wins. If we stay unusually healthy & more good bounces come our way than go against us, I could see us being even better than that. Other teams have to avoid injuries & get breaks, too. I’m optimistic
I heard a Mississippi State reporter on Bill King’s show today. He characterized this year’s home game against Arkansas as “easily winnable.” They beat us by a point last season with Zak Prescott. What do they have now?