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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #100 on: January 20, 2018, 07:40:07 am »

Our Lord and Savior Bobby Petrino won five games his first year in a pretty weak West.

Five wins for Morris in year one wouldn't be the end of the world.

Bobby inherited a team almost void of talent and had to do an almost complete rebuild.

Chad Morris inherited a far better situation in terms of talent and experience. BIG difference.

I can count 6 wins on this year's schedule without even breaking a sweat.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #101 on: January 20, 2018, 07:43:08 am »

CSU is a team that is often on par with playing somebody like Rutgers. Not sure about specifics of this years team, but they usually are a team with NFL level talent. 6 players taken in the last 4 years of the NFL draft, with 4 of those in the top 3 rounds (2 of them in the top 2).

Not sure why aggies would be a probable loss. That's about as 50/50 a game as there is. 7 of the past 9 meetings with them have been one possession games into the 4th quarter. Only the first year we played them and 2012 have been blowouts. 3 of the past 4 meetings have been OT games. Plus they also have a new HC.

Mizzou is much more likely to be a loss than MSU. Mizzou struck it rich with Dan Mullen and now he's gone. They've over achieved based on talent with Mullen, and the odds of their new HC doing the same is low. Mizzou has had a lot more talent than the cowbells and have beaten us more.

Colorado State lost a lot of players off of last years team as well as a few assistant coaches and their DC retired too. It will be a rebuilding year for Mike Bobo's Rams so the Hogs should win that one.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #102 on: January 20, 2018, 07:53:59 am »

Colorado State lost a lot of players of last years team as well as a few assistant coaches and their DC retired too. It will be a rebuilding year for Mike Bobo's Rams so the Hogs should win that one.

It's a rebuilding year for us too.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #103 on: January 20, 2018, 07:59:37 am »

It's a rebuilding year for us too.
Yes but with veteran players. Who by some on here believe are built for this type offense.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #104 on: January 20, 2018, 10:46:13 am »

Every new coach has these.

 "I am going to practice cautious, hopeful optimism, until/unless I am given reasons not to."


Sound approach.  I hope that most fans are approaching next season with some degree of optimism, although I also know there are going to be a handful of very verbal "negative Nancys."

Admittedly, I probably fall on the side of being more optimistic than others, in part because that is just the way I am wired, and in part because for the first time in several years (nine) my wife and I will be geographically close enough to attend a game or three, beginning with the Colorado State game.

My expectations for next year are not so much related to wins and losses as they are related to how the Razorbacks are playing ---- organized, aggressive defense, an unpredictable offense, improvement by team and individual players during the course of the year, giving full effort through the final play regardless of the score, a staff that appears to have a unified goal and works together well.  All of these attributes will become obvious fairly early in the season.

Yes, my "optimism meter" is higher than it has been the last couple of years.  It is hard for me to imagine anyone who has spent any time researching Chad Morris could be anything but optimistic after the debacle called Razorback football  of the last two years.   
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #105 on: January 20, 2018, 11:24:54 am »

It's a rebuilding year for us too.

No, it really isn't. Arkansas returns 8 starters on offense, at least 6 starters on defense, and they return a total of 72 scholarship players out of the allotted 85. There are a lot of 4* players on this team. Lack of talent and experience  wasn't the problem the last 5 years, the problem was lack of good coaching.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #106 on: January 20, 2018, 11:29:58 am »

No, it really isn't. Arkansas returns 8 starters on offense, at least 6 starters on defense, and they return a total of 72 scholarship players out of the allotted 85. There are a lot of 4* players on this team. Lack of talent and experience  wasn't the problem the last 5 years, the problem was lack of good coaching.

It seems like you believe a rebuild only means getting new players. Returning starters from a bad team isn’t necessarily a positive. The only positives are they are physically developed and have some SEC experience. However, suggesting CCM is plug-and-play is a stretch. It’s not like he is being handed the keys to a high end sports car.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #107 on: January 20, 2018, 11:58:52 am »

It seems like you believe a rebuild only means getting new players. Returning starters from a bad team isn’t necessarily a positive. The only positives are they are physically developed and have some SEC experience. However, suggesting CCM is plug-and-play is a stretch. It’s not like he is being handed the keys to a high end sports car.

The team wasn't bad, just the coaching. Chad Morris has inherited a lot of talent and experience on this team plus the offensive players prefer the style of offense coach Morris is installing because they ran it in High School.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #108 on: January 20, 2018, 12:07:02 pm »

CSU does have a 5 star transfer WR the will be eligible this year when we play them
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #109 on: January 20, 2018, 12:27:21 pm »

Yes but with veteran players. Who by some on here believe are built for this type offense.

No, it really isn't. Arkansas returns 8 starters on offense, at least 6 starters on defense, and they return a total of 72 scholarship players out of the allotted 85. There are a lot of 4* players on this team. Lack of talent and experience  wasn't the problem the last 5 years, the problem was lack of good coaching.

Those veteran players managed to lose 8 games last year. At times, looking like Keystone Kops doing it.

They may BECOME an asset, but they're gonna have to first UN-learn a lot of bad coaching. Especially on the Oline.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #110 on: January 20, 2018, 12:50:31 pm »

The team wasn't bad, just the coaching. Chad Morris has inherited a lot of talent and experience on this team plus the offensive players prefer the style of offense coach Morris is installing because they ran it in High School.

I disagree. Were there some bonehead coaching decisions? Sure. What I saw was a team ran over, around and through. I simply did not see a team with enough talent for CCM to come in and win a lot of games.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #111 on: January 20, 2018, 01:09:25 pm »

Those veteran players managed to lose 8 games last year. At times, looking like Keystone Kops doing it.

They may BECOME an asset, but they're gonna have to first UN-learn a lot of bad coaching. Especially on the Oline.

I agree, they'll have to unlearn a lot of bad coaching but there's plenty of time between now and the first game to get that taken care of.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #112 on: January 20, 2018, 01:39:37 pm »

I agree, they'll have to unlearn a lot of bad coaching but there's plenty of time between now and the first game to get that taken care of.

Uh.....no.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #113 on: January 20, 2018, 01:45:23 pm »

I would be tickled with bowl eligibility, with an upset along the way. 
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #114 on: January 20, 2018, 01:46:14 pm »

Uh.....no.

No they won't have to unlearn bad coaching or no there isn't plenty of time to get it taken care of?

*I'm not agreeing with what Guv is saying (I never will), I'm just trying to find out your view and what you meant by no.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #115 on: January 20, 2018, 01:47:45 pm »

No they won't have to unlearn bad coaching or no there isn't plenty of time to get it taken care of?
Your handle is a backhanded insult at one our best QB's ever, are you even a Razorback fan?  A troll, I think. No football expert are you.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #116 on: January 20, 2018, 01:58:09 pm »

If at the end of year three I still have no idea what the coach is trying to do, then that's when the honeymoon is over in my eyes.
I concur with this.
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« Reply #117 on: January 20, 2018, 02:01:10 pm »

For me Morris will get my unconditional support bc he is the coach of "MY" team. Just like Mike in basketball. He's our coach and I'll support him. Simple as that. But obviously there's a time for EVERYTHING.

I was not a fan of the Bielema hire. The hiring upset me because I thought completely changing styles like we did was foolish. And Frankly couldn't handle his arrogance or his big mouth. He was just a bad fit. I admit that my support of him (as little as it was) ended the day Toledo beat us.

Morris seems like a much better fit. He's energetic and humble. I'm not a fan of his record at SMU and I would have preferred Norvell. But he will  have my support simply bc he's energetic and humble and I like those qualities in a coach. Plus I really think that he could wind up being a VERY good fit for us.

We owe him at least 3 seasons to see what he can do. I can forgive plenty during the first two years. After that he needs to produce.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #118 on: January 20, 2018, 02:01:57 pm »

Those veteran players managed to lose 8 games last year. At times, looking like Keystone Kops doing it.

They may BECOME an asset, but they're gonna have to first UN-learn a lot of bad coaching. Especially on the Oline.
True enough...so was it bad players, bad coaching or a combination of both. I am not sure what you believe. As far as Oline play it is about to become easier for those guys.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #119 on: January 20, 2018, 02:23:05 pm »

True enough...so was it bad players, bad coaching or a combination of both. I am not sure what you believe. As far as Oline play it is about to become easier for those guys.

We have no idea what those players are capable of, good or bad. They were trained wrong, schemed wrong and played wrong.

But its unrealistic to EXPECT (guv's premise) we can take the worst Oline in the league (maybe the decade) and turn them into  an SEC-ready Oline with a few months of practice. Especially when the new offense won't remotely resemble the Old.

Same is true for defense. They have yet another DC (one per year for some), abandoning last year's philosophy (thank goodness) and a manpower shortage at depth.

If all those kids are actually All American athletes, they still have a big hill to climb.

Oh...and a newbie QB.

The GOOD news is....we know our RBs are stellar.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #120 on: January 20, 2018, 02:53:28 pm »

Some of the people, guv, saying 8 wins next year will be the first to turn on Morris when we go 6-6 or worse


Next year isn't about wins and loses to me.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #121 on: January 20, 2018, 02:59:36 pm »

Some of the people, guv, saying 8 wins next year will be the first to turn on Morris when we go 6-6 or worse


Next year isn't about wins and loses to me.
Agree, I want to see a team playing better, with better schemes, one that puts the best players on the field and one that play every play with heart and determination. 
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #122 on: January 20, 2018, 03:01:25 pm »

Agree, I want to see a team playing better, with better schemes, one that puts the best players on the field and one that play every play with heart and determination. 


Agree. 

The effort at times last year was embarrassing.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #123 on: January 20, 2018, 03:04:41 pm »

We have no idea what those players are capable of, good or bad. They were trained wrong, schemed wrong and played wrong.

But its unrealistic to EXPECT (guv's premise) we can take the worst Oline in the league (maybe the decade) and turn them into  an SEC-ready Oline with a few months of practice. Especially when the new offense won't remotely resemble the Old.

Same is true for defense. They have yet another DC (one per year for some), abandoning last year's philosophy (thank goodness) and a manpower shortage at depth.

If all those kids are actually All American athletes, they still have a big hill to climb.

Oh...and a newbie QB.

The GOOD news is....we know our RBs are stellar.

A big part of this is the O-Line, many of whom came to us as products of HUNH/Spread/Speed-It-Up offenses. They converted to a different type of offense but I guarantee that they still remember the concept in which they learned to block and execute. Now granted, this is a higher level of execution than they experienced at the HS level and it is against far better athletes, but it isn't like we are starting over entirely. Hopefully, this will shorten the learning curve.

I would agree on defense. Yet another new DC and a different philosophy. What I would suggest is that many of these kids were probably frustrated by being less of an attacking defense that laid back and instead of forcing the offense to react, they instead had to react to what the offense did as a part of their scheme. There will still be part of that which exists in terms of "reads and reactions", but adopting a more aggressive/attacking style of play will help a lot of these kids come out of their shells and be the players that we expected them to be when they were recruited. It will be up to Chavis to scheme the defense in such a way that we don't give so many big plays in the course of being more aggressive.

I'm excited to see what this coaching staff can produce with what we already have on campus in terms of talent. I'm hoping it will be better than we expect.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #124 on: January 20, 2018, 03:13:06 pm »

I disagree. Were there some bonehead coaching decisions? Sure. What I saw was a team ran over, around and through. I simply did not see a team with enough talent for CCM to come in and win a lot of games.

No, you saw a team with talent and experience that was badly misused and poorly coached.
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« Reply #125 on: January 20, 2018, 03:17:57 pm »

No, you saw a team with talent and experience that was badly misused and poorly coached.



Aren't mutually exclusive
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #126 on: January 20, 2018, 03:25:24 pm »

Some of the people, guv, saying 8 wins next year will be the first to turn on Morris when we go 6-6 or worse


Next year isn't about wins and loses to me.

I've never predicted that the Hogs would win 8 regular season games this year. I've said they have an outside shot at winning 8 regular season games this year. The 4 non-conference games, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss should be wins (5 of those 6 will be played inside the state of Arkansas). Then there are Miss State, A&M, and Missouri which could be called toss ups. Bama, Auburn, and LSU are most likely losses.

I will not be turning on coach Morris this year no matter what the record is. That would be unrealistic.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #127 on: January 20, 2018, 03:31:59 pm »

It should have been Morris to the Aggies and Norvell to Arkansas. But Morris is still going to be a good fit for us. But I think the Aggies crapped the bed on Jimbo. Dumb hire.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #128 on: January 20, 2018, 03:32:04 pm »

No, you saw a team with talent and experience that was badly misused and poorly coached.

Again, we disagree. I saw players getting whooped by better players.
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« Reply #129 on: January 20, 2018, 03:45:36 pm »

A big part of this is the O-Line, many of whom came to us as products of HUNH/Spread/Speed-It-Up offenses. They converted to a different type of offense but I guarantee that they still remember the concept in which they learned to block and execute. Now granted, this is a higher level of execution than they experienced at the HS level and it is against far better athletes, but it isn't like we are starting over entirely. Hopefully, this will shorten the learning curve.

I would agree on defense. Yet another new DC and a different philosophy. What I would suggest is that many of these kids were probably frustrated by being less of an attacking defense that laid back and instead of forcing the offense to react, they instead had to react to what the offense did as a part of their scheme. There will still be part of that which exists in terms of "reads and reactions", but adopting a more aggressive/attacking style of play will help a lot of these kids come out of their shells and be the players that we expected them to be when they were recruited. It will be up to Chavis to scheme the defense in such a way that we don't give so many big plays in the course of being more aggressive.

I'm excited to see what this coaching staff can produce with what we already have on campus in terms of talent. I'm hoping it will be better than we expect.

I'm less excited...than hopeful.

But under the best circumstances, it will take some time.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #130 on: January 20, 2018, 04:21:21 pm »

Your avatar is a backhanded insult at one our best QB's ever, are you even a Razorback fan?  A troll, I think. No football expert are you.

Uh...what the hell?

I was simply asking Steef what his comment meant because I wanted to understand his input. I didn’t say a word about “being a football expert.”

Also, my avatar has nothing to do with my forum name. I guess RTR means roll tide roll? See how stupid we both sound now?

It’s a nice Saturday my man. Go drink a cold one and take your nads out of whatever clamp they’re in.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #131 on: January 20, 2018, 04:34:37 pm »

I disagree. Were there some bonehead coaching decisions? Sure. What I saw was a team ran over, around and through. I simply did not see a team with enough talent for CCM to come in and win a lot of games.

I don't know if the problem was lack of talent or a busted give a damn. We did have a lack of speed in the secondary, but the slowest guys are gone.  Last year's schedule set up for exactly what happened after early losses.  It might have been very different with early wins in those games that were winnable.  It's over now, but I think an awful lot of the downward spiral was mental. 

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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #132 on: January 20, 2018, 04:47:13 pm »

Your handle is a backhanded insult at one our best QB's ever, are you even a Razorback fan?  A troll, I think. No football expert are you.

What?

Btw, 65 X jet cross shakey 1 down dog sez hello...
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« Reply #133 on: January 20, 2018, 04:50:11 pm »

I don't know if the problem was lack of talent or a busted give a damn. We did have a lack of speed in the secondary, but the slowest guys are gone.  Last year's schedule set up for exactly what happened after early losses.  It might have been very different with early wins in those games that were winnable.  It's over now, but I think an awful lot of the downward spiral was mental.

No doubt there is a psychological factor, but there are teams we do not match up with from a talent perspective. That’s why I have tempered expectations for what we can accomplish until there is a signiifcant upgrade in talent. As well on paper as we have recruited it’s not there yet.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #134 on: January 20, 2018, 04:50:46 pm »

Our Lord and Savior Bobby Petrino won five games his first year in a pretty weak West.

Five wins for Morris in year one wouldn't be the end of the world.

Key thing here is how you lose games. CBP's first year where we won 5 were right there to having won 8 (Kentucky, Ole Miss, and MSU were all one bounce, play, or kick away). Which after the talent we lost the previous season, was pretty remarkable.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #135 on: January 20, 2018, 04:56:04 pm »

What?

Btw, 65 X jet cross shakey 1 down dog sez hello...

Glad I wasn’t the only one confused by that random PMS outburst...
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #136 on: January 20, 2018, 05:25:36 pm »

Focusing on W/L alone is simplistic and narrow minded IMO.

I expect to see improvement on the field. B improved from 13 to 14, then improved from 14 to 15. 16 stagnated and then started to decline. The Missouri game in 16 is where he lost my support.

Then the TCU game in 17 is where he gained my opposition.

I'll treat Morris the same way. Show a trend towards improvement and I'll support the coach. Show a trend towards decline and I will not.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #137 on: January 21, 2018, 09:24:19 am »


Agree. 

The effort at times last year was embarrassing.
This is what I have seen for several years. We did not play with emotion. I could not identify any coach or player that was the emotional "leader". Yes it takes talent and yes it takes coaching but one must have the passion or emotion to play. It looked like we were just going through the motions with the 1000 yard stare of our coach.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #138 on: January 21, 2018, 10:04:34 am »

Glad I wasn’t the only one confused by that random PMS outburst...

Ha!

Add: My 21000th post and all I have to say is "ha!"
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #139 on: January 21, 2018, 11:45:55 am »

Focusing on W/L alone is simplistic and narrow minded IMO.

I expect to see improvement on the field. B improved from 13 to 14, then improved from 14 to 15. 16 stagnated and then started to decline. The Missouri game in 16 is where he lost my support.

Then the TCU game in 17 is where he gained my opposition.

I'll treat Morris the same way. Show a trend towards improvement and I'll support the coach. Show a trend towards decline and I will not.

Well, but if Bielema won 6, 8, 9 and 10 like he should have in those years and then regressed this year he would still have support and job.

I think trend up is important as well. But number of wins also matter a great deal as well
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #140 on: January 21, 2018, 11:47:20 am »

I unconditionally support any new coach until they prove to me they don't deserve my support.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #141 on: January 21, 2018, 12:06:44 pm »

I unconditionally support any new coach until they prove to me they don't deserve my support.

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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #142 on: January 21, 2018, 12:38:36 pm »

This being ok with 5 wins in the first year thing is asinine! Have you seen our schedule next year?

Sept. 1 – EASTERN ILLINOIS - win
Sept. 8 – at Colorado State - should be win
Sept. 15 – NORTH TEXAS - win
Sept. 22 – at Auburn - loss
Sept. 29 – vs. Texas A&M - probably a loss
Oct. 6 – ALABAMA- loss
Oct. 13 – OLE MISS - win
Oct. 20 – TULSA - win
Oct. 27 – VANDERBILT - win
Nov. 3 – Open Date
Nov. 10 – LSU - loss
Nov. 17 – at Mississippi State - 50/50
Nov. 24 – at Missouri - probably a win

I'm counting 8 wins that's definitely doable. Anything less than 6 with this schedule is unacceptable.

That’s how I see it.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #143 on: January 21, 2018, 01:07:02 pm »

This being ok with 5 wins in the first year thing is asinine! Have you seen our schedule next year?

Sept. 1 – EASTERN ILLINOIS - win
Sept. 8 – at Colorado State - should be win
Sept. 15 – NORTH TEXAS - win
Sept. 22 – at Auburn - loss
Sept. 29 – vs. Texas A&M - probably a loss
Oct. 6 – ALABAMA- loss
Oct. 13 – OLE MISS - win
Oct. 20 – TULSA - win
Oct. 27 – VANDERBILT - win
Nov. 3 – Open Date
Nov. 10 – LSU - loss
Nov. 17 – at Mississippi State - 50/50
Nov. 24 – at Missouri - probably a win

I'm counting 8 wins that's definitely doable. Anything less than 6 with this schedule is unacceptable.

Why is Mizzou, at their place, probably a win?

Why do so many people straight up disregard Mizzou? They've had our number recently and they're returning one of the top QBs in the country.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #144 on: January 21, 2018, 01:14:25 pm »

Why is Mizzou, at their place, probably a win?

Why do so many people straight up disregard Mizzou? They've had our number recently and they're returning one of the top QBs in the country.
Beats me but some here keep counting Mizzou as a win. Maybe it is because we will be in the spread now. Everyone knows this is the key to winning.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #145 on: January 21, 2018, 01:37:39 pm »

Why is Mizzou, at their place, probably a win?

Why do so many people straight up disregard Mizzou? They've had our number recently and they're returning one of the top QBs in the country.

I've seen some call that a win but not many. I call it a tossup but I believe it's a winnable game because the mastermind of Missouri's offense is now the Head Coach at UCF.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #146 on: January 21, 2018, 01:50:45 pm »

Beats me but some here keep counting Mizzou as a win. Maybe it is because we will be in the spread now. Everyone knows this is the key to winning.
I've seen some call that a win but not many. I call it a tossup but I believe it's a winnable game because the mastermind of Missouri's offense is now the Head Coach at UCF.
You both have the same avatar, yet yours Guv is facing oppositely.
When displayed on a flat surface, I've always thought the Razorback was to face forward, ie left to right.
Am I wrong... or does it matter, technically?
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #147 on: January 21, 2018, 01:57:39 pm »

A football coach deserves two full seasons of playing and recruiting to get his system going.  My opinion is that they can fairly start to be judged starting in their third year.  However, you should see glimpses of what can be and hope (Petrino Years) in seasons one and two or concerning signs (Bielema’s first two seasons).  I think, with the way Morris is, he’ll get this year as a honeymoon and most of next year from most people if we seem to improve as the season progresses.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #148 on: January 21, 2018, 02:45:42 pm »

Why is Mizzou, at their place, probably a win?

Why do so many people straight up disregard Mizzou? They've had our number recently and they're returning one of the top QBs in the country.


Add vandy to that too. Ole miss hasn't had the departures I thought they would due to sanctions so I'm not sure they will be a walk in the park either.
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Re: Unconditional support for Morris
« Reply #149 on: January 21, 2018, 03:05:37 pm »

You both have the same avatar, yet yours Guv is facing oppositely.
When displayed on a flat surface, I've always thought the Razorback was to face forward, ie left to right.
Am I wrong... or does it matter, technically?

Well great question. On the helmet one faces right and one faces left but both face toward the front.
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