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We lose to UCF, but should be able to beat every other conference foe. We NEED to split UMD and BC.
We won the AAC title and hired an unproven coordinator (unproven as a head coach) and UCF won the AAC title and hired an unproven guy as its head coach. Maybe they win again, but I think their chances would have been a lot better if Frost dethawed and remained in Florida. Never know what these unproven guys are going to do.
The only way we can do better than the Cotton Bowl is if we go unbeaten and Maryland and Boston College win their respective P5 leagues. The chances of a meteor hitting Lincoln Financial Field are greater than that happening but I’m rooting for the meteor, at least the figurative one.
Focusing on individual positions, the thing with Sharga and Ritrivato is curious to me. Sharga was way underused. Why? 2 possibilities. The O schemes didn’t use the blocking fullback as you think they should Mike and though Ritrovato had more snaps he wasn’t used as much or in the same way as Rhule used the FB. In addition, I have a sneaking suspicion that there was something going on behind the scenes between Sharga and the coaches and or that the coaches wanted to play younger guys. I think it possibly helped in losing some games. That’s a position to observe next season on the use of the fullback. Hopefully Sharga will get a shot at the NFL.
UCF so far playing well. If they beat Auburn, it will expose the hypocrisy of the P-5 G-5 nonsense. Nevertheless, it will mean that an AAC team beat a team that schooled two of the teams in the playoff. At a minimum, it will provide a rationale for expanding the playoff to eight teams that includes two or three G-5 champions.
slipping away. I’ll take Milton as my qb any day of the week. Huge drop by one of his receivers.
Frost showed class, skill, and persistence that we haven’t seen at Temple. He finished the job.
Frost said he talked to Dave Dorean, who went from Northern Illinois to NC State and Dave said his No. 1 regret as coach was not coaching his NIU kids in the bowl game. Frost said that played a big part in his decision. Hopefully, Rhule will have the same regrets some day.
Recruits realize that opportunities abound at TU.
The Owls need depth and starters. Most of all, they need a superstar to the make the Cotton Bowl. Another kick-ass RB like Bernard Pierce or LB like Matakevich is my New Years wish.
A healthy Ryquell is every bit as good as BP. Need to keep him healthy, though. I like Tyliek Raynor, Gardner and David Hood as well. Haven’t seen enough of Kyle Dobbins yet.
BP never got caught from behind…,
Ryquell is a good college RB.
Both have the same flatline speed (clocked at 10.8 in the 100-meter dash and the best times in Pa. and Jersey in their senior years). Rock is fast enough.
I hate seeing 2 SEC teams in the championship game. That conference plays the weakest OOC schedule. And 75% of what OOC games played are at home with a lot of FCS games at the end of the schedule. Hope the TV ratings stink.
It’s pure BS that UCF was kept out of the top 10 with the only undefeated record. The AAC did real good with a 4-3 bowl record and knocking off Auburn.
Power-6? This year yes.
AP rankings just out an hour ago. UCF is No 10. Auburn is 7. So it goes?
Saban has pushed SEC to add a ninth conference game so as to be similar to other leagues. Other coaches are resisting. OOC games this year among the SEC teams that count: Bama-FSU (before FSU lost Frenchie), Auburn@Clemson, UGA@ND, A&M@UCLA, Ark-TCU are some that come to mind before rivalry games are added (UGA-Tech, FSU-UF, USC-Clemson).
TV ratings will be bad as focus is on two adjoining states in one corner of the country.
And Auburn is a different team on the road than they are at home.
That megalomaniac Saban also wants to pas a rule prohibiting P-5 schools from playing G-5 schools. Luckily, I think coaches in the middle of their P-5 conferences will never go for it because it would mean that half those teams would not become bowl eligible and it would cost those coaches their jobs. He also is against the early signing period because it means he can’t just come in and swipe kids anymore or screw kids he already orally committed to but no longer wants because he swiped a better player. He is bad for college football.
I graduated from Temple in 1981 and attended the Garden State Bowl, on that cold Saturday in 1979. My girls both graduated from Penn State and I always wanted to attend a big-time bowl. This year the stars aligned and we went to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl. The venue was terrific, the fan support (from both teams was outstanding) and the game was very entertaining. I did feel a little guilty watching the Temple game on TV, however the empty seats and a season of frustration prevented me from considering a much more affordable trip to Tampa. I do wonder if Temple will ever achieve the goal of being invited to a big-time bowl. I thoroughly enjoyed the 15 and 16 seasons. Winning a Division, one championship and beating PSU was a great feeling. Competing with ND was a great night, after hosting College Game Day. Was this lightning in a bottle? Or did we step to the next level and created bigger expectations?
I have come to accept that competing and being bowl eligible is a much better place than the pre-MAC days. Actually, the MAC days felt a bit like playing a I-AA schedule. Finishing 8-4 and not receiving a bowl bit was not a good place to be. While I would love to have an invitation to the ACC, I wounder if the trade-off of being a doormat in a P5 league is worth the price of entry.
Let’s enjoy being competitive and building a sustainable program in a league that seems to be somewhat stable.