by Mike Coffey
I realize Mike Royko never said “Some things you wonder, some things you think, and some things you just know”. I’m pretty sure he said “Michigan Sucks” a couple times, though.
No doubt a QB can make a difference. That game would have been 13-10 early in the fourth quarter last year and I would have had Maalox on an IV drip.
I thought the offense was more balanced yesterday. I liked the commitment to running the ball, although I find myself hoping Brian Kelly’s comment about “wanting to get the game over before more inclement weather came in” was just for chuckles.
The thing about playing a team like Rice instead of a 1-AA punching bag to kick off the season is, while you still can’t know everything about your team, at least you know they went up against FBS (or whatever they’re calling it today) competition and can take more of it away than you could otherwise. I’m not a big believer in the “they didn’t want to show [next opponent] anything” philosophy. Rather, I believe they played a solid game against an opponent that wasn’t going to be completely over-matched. I don’t have a problem with the season-opening “buy games”, but still think it’s important they maintain some kind of reasonable-quality floor.
Hands, CJ. Hands. But I always like it when a player obviously learns from a mistake and does it right the next time. That’s good coaching.
Owl freshman Graysen Schantz is going to get a new orifice torn into him at the film review. Golson did everything but show him the football before he ran in for the TD on that busted play in the third quarter.
I’m on record as an agnostic in the Grass/Turf Holy War. I think it looked pretty decent yesterday (although I also think looks aren’t in the top 10 of most important things related to it). I do, however, have an issue with the monogram. I’d prefer not to have anything there at all, but if you’re going to have a monogram, it should look better than the one they have, which looks small and tacked-on.
Nothing like an in-control game to get the season off to a good start. Now it’s time for the real games to begin.
Numbers like Everett Golson put up yesterday can get you mentioned for the Heisman Trophy. But you need wins like the one he can get next week to get into the serious projections.