Now that our basketball mourning period has (mostly) passed, I’d like to transition more to football talk. Yes, I know baseball is still going on and I do care about baseball, but for some reason it isn’t as fun to talk about.
We start this year on the road against Rice. I like this since it gives us a “real” game that feels more like a scrimmage in which to work out any kinks in the new offense before we face Arizona and Texas Tech back to back.
What I would like to do is start a thread for those who would like to offer up way-too-early opinions on the results of each game. If you’re one of those who thinks your guess about the outcome of a particular game might somehow jinx the team, this probably isn’t the thread for you. I’ll start us off. Give your pick (W or L) and a very brief reason why. My picks are in no way scientific, but based purely on my gut at this point in time.
At Rice = W because it’s Rice
Arizona = W because revenge factor will make for a great home field advantage
At Tech = L. Not sure why, but it just feels like Tech is too much of an unknown for me and we’ll be on the road in a hostile environment. If we drop an early one, this will be it.
TSU = W. Obviously.
Tulsa = W. No way we lose to them 2 years in a row. Not with a Briles offense and King under center.
At ECU = W because they’re terrible.
At Navy = W. Our offense will just be too much for them to handle this year and our defense handled them just fine last year.
USF = W. Quinton Flowers is gone and I can’t see their defense being able to handle us.
At SMU = W. Their running game should be good, but Ed Oliver and Co will shut that down. They lost a lot of production at WR, so I’m not scared of their passing game.
Temple = W. Honestly, I don’t know much about what Temple brings this year. I’m just thinking if we beat them last year on the road, we should beat them this year at home. I know…very scientific.
Tulane = W. Again, we aren’t losing to them two years in a row. That loss last year was embarrassing and won’t be repeated.
At Memphis = L. I hate to type that letter, but Memphis was high powered last year and I don’t see them really taking a step back this year. They lost Riley Ferguson, but gained an Arizona State transfer who is supposed to be pretty good. Their coaching staff is stable. Their schedule is weak (mid-season game against Mizzou is the only legit quality OOC opponent) so that might play in our favor. But on the road at the end of the year is going to be tough. If this happens, hopefully Memphis will have lost 2 other conference games.