At Rice = W Regardless of how improved they’ll be, we’d have to turn the ball over 8 times for them to have a chance.
Arizona = W I think home-field advantage gives us the edge. However, this is a put of or shut up game for alumni because current students who show up do not know Sumlin and couldn’t possibly share the same hatred for the man that alumni around the Sumlin days do. I’m sure we’ll be loud, and I’m sure Sumlin won’t know what hit him! lol
At Tech = ? This is a tossup game. They lost their starting QB but are turning it around on defense. They also get a player back that registered 102 tackles,2 picks and 6 TFLs. One of those picks was from Kyle Allen in our game. On the flip-side, our defense should keep them from scoring a bunch. As critical as I am about CMD, he does not allow a lot of points. I think it’ll be a close game.
TSU = W See Rice explanation above. lol
Tulsa = W. They are a young team. They have 15 seniors, compared to 36 players who are RS-SO or less. However, 7 of those seniors are on offense. It can be assumed they are gonna be physical again on offense but I think depth will catch up to them.
At ECU = W. This is not a good football program all around.
At Navy = W. I think this will be another dog fight, but the formula to beating any triple option team has been the same. Score points, make them punt after 3 tries, and force them to pass the ball. We can do that. Our Mike and Sam backers have to be ready. We will be without Matt Adams leading the charge.
USF = W. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Charlie Strong is not a good coach. He lost at UTA to Kansas and his team last year repeatedly got off to slow starts. Now a new starting QB has to come into the Cage with what could possibly be a 7-0 Coog team. lol Good luck Charlie.
At SMU = W. Chad Morris was the best coach they’d had in years, and the best coach they’ll ever have imo. He knew personnel well and made it very simple for one of the worst offenses in the AAC to become one of the best offenses. He also had the same sales pitch that Hermie had when he was here-“I know how to win, I came from a national championship power”, blah blah blah. Well not anymore. I don’t see any 5 star guys transferring in for Dykes. He knows offense, but I don’t think he’s talented enough to coach it down like Morris.
Temple = W. Temple was one of the worst offenses in the country last year (80th). They also lose these starters :
3 offensive linemen, 2 WRs, 2 DEs, a DT, a starting CB, and their FS. They will be extremely vulnerable if we get up by 3 scores. We out-pace them for 4 quarters.
Tulane = W. I have confidence that the schematic flaws that plagued us last year in this game (10 yard cushions allowing a ton of RAC) will be fixed. That might mean putting AMD or GS (or whoever is playing SAM) directly over Encalade and rolling a safety down 5 yards over them both. Drop the backer into a shallow zone and have the FS run man over the top. That’ll make the QB switch his read or risk a turnover. Fritz and Tulane have improved but we still have more talent going forward. It won’t be close when we start subbing .We should win this one by 3 touchdowns.
At Memphis = ? Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush…did I say pass rush? Ed cannot do it by himself. Ferguson is gone,but what we’ve learned from Memphis over the past 4 seasons is they just reload and have another QB ready to air it out for 4 quarters. We have to get more pressure. We run a base 3-4 sometimes are in a 3-3-5. When Memphis is running 3 WR sets we can’t have our extra bodies just dropping into deep zones. CMD needs to unleash the hounds! If we let Memphis turn this into a shootout, we’ll turn this into a nail biter.
12-0 seems doable, but 10-2 is realistic. 11-2 with a bowl victory.