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I know the cupcake schedule route has worked for programs over the years. I get that getting 6 wins is very important, extra practice time, exposure, etc. I've got all that and I can't argue that it is the safe path.
However, getting back on track for us is not going to be easy in any scenario. College football, and all sports, are a zero sum game, at the end of the year the overall record for the season is .500 and for me to get better, someone else has to get worse. I'd rather play in front of a large crowd at Scott Stadium against Oregon than 35k against Eastern Michigan. Light crowds against directional programs often result in poor on field performances. I'll take the excitement and ballsy move to play Oregon any day. I think playing Oregon makes a statement to our players and our recruits. We are not going to rebuild this program on the cheap like VT did years ago and make a living paying Ark St, UA-B, Austin Peay all in the same season. I know we will take some lumps, but playing Oregon, BYU, UCLA, etc says clearly that we are going to play at a top level and we will earn it we get there. I think this strategy also makes a statement to our players and recruits...we are not getting your here because we think you can beat MTSU, we want you here because we think you can help us beat UCLA and Oregon. PSU was a move in the same direction, we just amped it up a notch with Oregon. I think over the long term we win the zero sum game by playing better teams, winning the games we should win, and building a program that can go to BYU and UCLA and win. I don't think we get to that point by playing extra directional games.
I am excited about the gem on the 7th and thinking about a trip to Eugene and playing Bandon Dunes again in 2016. A couple of days at Bandon combined with a UVa win...just toss me in the ocean after that, because it doesn't get any better.
I understand the arguement against this move, I just have confidence in our leadership that over the long term, this is a better move that makes a statement about our program and our expectations.
F#ckin-a, man. Great post. You have inspired me!
Also, I'd like to register myself as the first official convert from TEAM CUPCAKE to TEAM BIG BOY FOOTBALL.
Sorry I was being a bit candyassed back there, guys. It's year four, no more excuses. Iron sharpens iron. To be the best you gotta beat the best. But most importantly, you can't be big and bold if you're afraid of stiff competition, and we don't want a merely "okay" program. We want a good program. Nay, we want, demand, and deserve a GREAT program!
I don't see the point about complaining about it anymore. It's here whether we like it or not. I saw someone say that if there was a time to play Oregon its this year, early in the season. I don't really totally agree because I see a smooth transition between Kelly and the new coach but I understand the sentiment. This defense should be faster and even though I still think we end up getting curbstomped on defense, I wouldn't be surprised if our O put up a few points as well.
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