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    Though no one wants is thrilled with our start or wants to be 1 -3, the three teams we've lost to aren't exactly awful. They've lost one game between them. Our starting QB has played less than a game and a half. Most dangerous offensive threat has been suspended. Let's take a breath and see if the sky actually falls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82eagle View Post
    Though no one wants is thrilled with our start or wants to be 1 -3, the three teams we've lost to aren't exactly awful. They've lost one game between them. Our starting QB has played less than a game and a half. Most dangerous offensive threat has been suspended. Let's take a breath and see if the sky actually falls.
    No matter what everyone's stance on what is wrong with our performance currently, you have to agree that the schedule is much more challenging so far when compared:

    - LSU (2019) and Clemson (2018) are both top 5 programs so no real difference there
    - Maine instead of South Carolina State is a big difference
    - Minnesota instead of UMass is a huge difference- we only played one P5 last year
    - We rotate in ULL instead of Texas State- no doubt we would have been more competitive against the Bobcats than ULL despite our performance against Texas State last year

    So instead of playing Clemson, South Carolina State, UMass and Texas State (where we went 3-1) we are now playing LSU, Maine, Minnesota and ULL (1-3). Add to that playing App State, Troy and Ark State on the road this year while no longer having the benefit to beat up on Idaho in conference and this is arguably our most difficult schedule that we have ever put together. Next year we go back to only playing one P5 in what should be a winnable game at Ole Miss and getting a G5 OOC at home for the third straight year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSUfanforever View Post
    No matter what everyone's stance on what is wrong with our performance currently, you have to agree that the schedule is much more challenging so far when compared:

    - LSU (2019) and Clemson (2018) are both top 5 programs so no real difference there
    - Maine instead of South Carolina State is a big difference
    - Minnesota instead of UMass is a huge difference- we only played one P5 last year
    - We rotate in ULL instead of Texas State- no doubt we would have been more competitive against the Bobcats than ULL despite our performance against Texas State last year

    So instead of playing Clemson, South Carolina State, UMass and Texas State (where we went 3-1) we are now playing LSU, Maine, Minnesota and ULL (1-3). Add to that playing App State, Troy and Ark State on the road this year while no longer having the benefit to beat up on Idaho in conference and this is arguably our most difficult schedule that we have ever put together. Next year we go back to only playing one P5 in what should be a winnable game at Ole Miss and getting a G5 OOC at home for the third straight year.
    This is a great post. Nailed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSUfanforever View Post
    No matter what everyone's stance on what is wrong with our performance currently, you have to agree that the schedule is much more challenging so far when compared:

    - LSU (2019) and Clemson (2018) are both top 5 programs so no real difference there
    - Maine instead of South Carolina State is a big difference
    - Minnesota instead of UMass is a huge difference- we only played one P5 last year
    - We rotate in ULL instead of Texas State- no doubt we would have been more competitive against the Bobcats than ULL despite our performance against Texas State last year

    So instead of playing Clemson, South Carolina State, UMass and Texas State (where we went 3-1) we are now playing LSU, Maine, Minnesota and ULL (1-3). Add to that playing App State, Troy and Ark State on the road this year while no longer having the benefit to beat up on Idaho in conference and this is arguably our most difficult schedule that we have ever put together. Next year we go back to only playing one P5 in what should be a winnable game at Ole Miss and getting a G5 OOC at home for the third straight year.
    Quote Originally Posted by eaglemark View Post
    This is a great post. Nailed it.
    I agree except for the part about Ole Miss automatically categorized as "winnable". If we're talking 20% or less chance ok. People have unreasonable expectations and fail to realize how much coaching turnover has hurt recruiting and other continuity factors. Holding this staff together for at least 4 years will produce results. There's only one coaching change I'd make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSUfanforever View Post
    No matter what everyone's stance on what is wrong with our performance currently, you have to agree that the schedule is much more challenging so far when compared:

    - LSU (2019) and Clemson (2018) are both top 5 programs so no real difference there
    - Maine instead of South Carolina State is a big difference
    - Minnesota instead of UMass is a huge difference- we only played one P5 last year
    - We rotate in ULL instead of Texas State- no doubt we would have been more competitive against the Bobcats than ULL despite our performance against Texas State last year

    So instead of playing Clemson, South Carolina State, UMass and Texas State (where we went 3-1) we are now playing LSU, Maine, Minnesota and ULL (1-3). Add to that playing App State, Troy and Ark State on the road this year while no longer having the benefit to beat up on Idaho in conference and this is arguably our most difficult schedule that we have ever put together. Next year we go back to only playing one P5 in what should be a winnable game at Ole Miss and getting a G5 OOC at home for the third straight year.
    Blame shifting.

    I think those of us who are displeased understand that this is a tough schedule, and we get that....

    It’s not the losses that matter, it’s how we lost.

    Minn would have been a total blowout if not for a couple of fluke plays we ran in.

    If not for that dropped kick and the fumble, ULL would have hung two more TDs on us with ease.

    This year’s schedule was something we could have expected 7-8 wins from.... Now, all bets are off.

    I’m Upset about preparation. Other than some head’s up by special teams, we have looked completely unprepared on both sides of the ball. (I’m still waiting for our defense to “gel” or wake up, or whatever. Defense is so concerning.)

    This isn’t the schedule. We have MUCH bigger problems. We forgot how to prepare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcountry View Post
    Minn would have been a total blowout if not for a couple of fluke plays we ran in.

    If not for that dropped kick and the fumble, ULL would have hung two more TDs on us with ease.
    I’ve been seeing lots of “would have been” and “if not for” from a lot of folks including you now. Well guess what- those plays happened and were part of the game. So you’re not going to bring up the plays from fringe wins from 2018? The reverse to beat Ark State, the 2 point conversion failure by Texas State, the fourth and ten conversion by Shai in the bowl game? We could have been a 7-6 team last year if we’re going to play the “if” game.

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    Why yes, yes this game must be won!
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    A lot of ifs here but...

    If we win tonight, App losses to ULL Wednesday, and we head into Boone with a 3-1 conference record and win, we'd have sole possession of 1st in the East barring Troy.

    I'm looking way too far ahead, I know

    EDIT: 2-1, keep forgetting NMSU isn't Sun Belt anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSUfanforever View Post
    I’ve been seeing lots of “would have been” and “if not for” from a lot of folks including you now. Well guess what- those plays happened and were part of the game. So you’re not going to bring up the plays from fringe wins from 2018? The reverse to beat Ark State, the 2 point conversion failure by Texas State, the fourth and ten conversion by Shai in the bowl game? We could have been a 7-6 team last year if we’re going to play the “if” game.
    Exactly! Thats why we are more worried. We realize we could've been 7-6 and now we are playing this way when we aren't catching those same breaks. It makes this years performance even more concerning because you can't always depend on the breaks you mentioned or a plus 22 TO margin.

    Here's hoping for a goid performance tonight. it would be a great way to get our momentum going back in a positive direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdarnell233 View Post
    A lot of ifs here but...

    If we win tonight, App losses to ULL Wednesday, and we head into Boone with a 3-1 conference record and win, we'd have sole possession of 1st in the East barring Troy.

    I'm looking way too far ahead, I know

    EDIT: 2-1, keep forgetting NMSU isn't Sun Belt anymore
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