Unfortunately, this game went about as I thought. I was hoping UC's offense would show better. I just didn't see how UC's defense could compete. Just a total dismantling.
And actually, I think Brian Kelly would have made some difference. I thought UC was way too high and playing out of control in the first quarter. I think Quinn didn't have the faintest idea how to prepare the team and control them. They came out with entirely too much bravado and bluster and not enough discipline and focus. Making your head coaching debut against a top echelon SEC team and best coach in the country can make you look pretty bad.
But ultimately, I don't think it would have mattered. They might have been able to make a game of it for a half, but UC just doesn't have the horses for Florida. Very few teams do.
Pay attention to the open sky
2009-10 UC reminds me a little of UGA's Matt Stafford-led squads, in that they could score in bunches. (Though their team speed is below that of the Bulldogs and they have nothing close to Moreno.)
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
Other thoughts from the game:
- This team looked exactly like a team that didn't have a head coach and had assistants who were playing things out for a game check and had flights booked to Indiana or New York once the game was over.
- I'm now very happy that Jeff Quinn did not get the head coaching job. The playcalling was absolutely horrible. We were sitting in the stands and wondering if Kelly had taken his playbook to South Bend with him. Too many designed roll-outs (why shrink the field when your top WR operates best on the run and in space?), not enough quick passes, and every run play seemed slow-developing. It was just a bad gameplan for a team like Florida.
- UC has no playmakers on defense. They got through the season on 50% luck and 50% the strength of their offense. To compete at the proverbial next level (which, for UC, the next level is the elite 5-10 teams in college football), they simply need more talent on defense than they've had. They lack the DBs to play press coverage, which is a must against guys like Riley Cooper, who don't want to play physical football. They lack the front-7 to pressure the passer. They don't do anything well, and last night it got exposed.
- It's been said before, but I'll say it again -- UC's band stinks and it's an embarrassment to the university that they put it on the field for games. It sounded like a pep-band compared to Florida. If you aren't going to do it right, leave them at home because it makes the school look mid-major.
Otherwise, I had a fun time in New Orleans. Looking forward to next year's road trip to Arizona when UC gets the crap beat out of them in the Fiesta Bowl.
23 Years and Counting...
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
I truly believe that Cincy is a top 5-7 college team this year that a majoruty of teams would have had trouble with. Until we get a playoff I don't think we will ever know what teams would have done what. It's all just speculative.
If you have a losing record at Reds games, please stop going.
They were up by 27 points with 8 seconds left, the game is over. There is no point in running the ball. Take a knee. Classless move by Meyer.
Alabama could have scored again against Florida in the last minute of the SEC title game, but Saban called off the dogs. Think Florida fans would have been happy if Bama tacked on another 7 there? I don't.
Pessimists are well informed optimists
But really it's Florida and Alabama. Truthfully, Florida is the best team but they have a couple key guys out either because of stupid or an injury and they just absolutely failed to execute in the SEC title game. They are an explosive/dangerous team in all aspects of the game. Alabama has some issues but they executed flawlessly in the SEC title game. Still, if not for a dropped swing pass and a miracle open field tackle by their punter, Bama would've been down by 8 to Florida at the half....
Florida is the best team in college IMHO. I think a Cincy/Alabama game might have been more compelling.
What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?
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