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35 minutes ago, usfgrad84 said:

if we lose, and especially lose handily, its a huge disappointment.    

I am thinking most fans are feeling this way because know that coming off the most successful season ever with so many returning starters, an easy schedule and a senior laden team this is our best chance to accomplish what we have been wanting for a long time. 

The biggest problem I see and maybe the concern here is we have seen this movie before, going into next year, we have no excitement to look forward to. We are back to the same boring offense (even if effective it is boring), no stars to build the hype about (one may emerge, but who are you excited to see next year) and maybe a middle of the road AAC team. 

With the team we returned this year really was all or nothing. 

If we end up at 10-2 and unranked the year is no different than a 6-6 year. 

If we stuggled to sell tickets this year, Harlan is going to have a lot of fun next year with  nothing to hype or  market.  

 

Agreed. 

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18 minutes ago, NCBull said:

These are fair points, but it's all "if" we lose, while really assuming we will.  How about considering that while we haven't faced a team like C all year, the opposite is true.  How about how we historically match up with them?  How about looking at common opponents (really, we stack up ok in this metric also)?  How about it's a rivalry game and our guys will be jacked for it?  And how about we're the mother ******* USF Bulls and our goal of a conference championship is in our control and we're going to bludgeon the knightcrawlers to death?!?!?

:04-rock:

18 minutes ago, NCBull said:

And how about we're the mother ******* USF Bulls and our goal of a conference championship is in our control and we're going to bludgeon the knightcrawlers to death?!?!?

:04-rock:

I like this quote and I’m with you! I am certainly not conceding a loss to UCF. There is a lot of heart in that Bulls locker room and they are not going to lay down by any means. This is a great rivalry that gets better every year. I’m excited for it. GO BULLS!!!

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Just addressing the hypothetical scenario posed. 

I think the teams are evenly matched and can go either way. 

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Let me pose a question:

In pretty much every game this year, when needed, we opened up the offense enough to get, what the coaching staff felt, was a big enough lead then went into a shell.  Happened with ECU, Houston, Tulane and Tulsa.

 

 Is it possible that he just miscalculated with Houston (no one expects to convert on 4th and 24) and we can really be the offense we hoped for if we keep it turned on for all 60 minutes?

The pattern all year has been to go super, ultra conservative once we are up by 3 scores. Both offense and defense. On offense they have just shut down on defense in most games they started subbing in the 4th quarter. 

I am hoping Strong has just been saving Flowers for the next two and will now open up everything. I am not talking about opening the playbook, I mean keeping our foot down from the opening kick to the final gun. 

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I don' believe that CCS or Gilbert understand that the Offense is supposed to try to get into the end-zone every time. I think that concept is lost on them. I truly do.

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4 minutes ago, Azmodi said:

I don' believe that CCS or Gilbert understand that the Offense is supposed to try to get into the end-zone every time. I think that concept is lost on them. I truly do.

This is a good point.  I believe on every series, they try to do what they need to do to get or hold the lead.

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1 minute ago, 79 Bull said:

This is a good point.  I believe on every series, they try to do what they need to do to get or hold the lead.

That's the focus...do what is needed to win.  Not a bad focus (except, of course, when it backfires on 4th and 24).  We'll see if it works on Friday.

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22 minutes ago, Azmodi said:

I don' believe that CCS or Gilbert understand that the Offense is supposed to try to get into the end-zone every time. I think that concept is lost on them. I truly do.

Maybe..they look at it more as field position and eating up the clock so you can win.  I hate that I like scoring every drive..its what Frost does and we will see what happens when both coaches face each other.

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Please don't pretend like we just called off the dogs vs. Houston. They had our number, defensively. But, if CCS had an iota of balls he'd have gotten us up by 7, not 3 and the 4th and 24 wouldn't have been a crippling blow.

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8 hours ago, NCBull said:

That's the focus...do what is needed to win.  Not a bad focus (except, of course, when it backfires on 4th and 24).  We'll see if it works on Friday.

It's not that it backfired on 4th and 24, it's that it allowed us to be in a position where a 4th and 24 would allow the other team to win. You just shouldn't be there with the talent we have.

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