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What should we do?
just about everybody has written off the Stanford game as a sure or nearly certain loss.

Given a 99% chance of losing that game, should we:

a. Hold back on some plays and formations, etc., and save them for UTEP and/or UH?

b. Throw the book at Stanford in an all-out effort to win?
07-10-2017 11:37 AM
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RE: What should we do?
(07-10-2017 11:37 AM)OptimisticOwl Wrote:  just about everybody has written off the Stanford game as a sure or nearly certain loss.

Given a 99% chance of losing that game, should we:

a. Hold back on some plays and formations, etc., and save them for UTEP and/or UH?

b. Throw the book at Stanford in an all-out effort to win?

b--- prepare and play to win; otherwise don't enter the field. Plays and formations should be changed/developed continuously over the season.
07-10-2017 12:12 PM
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RE: What should we do?
I think the coaches go after every single win, it just hasn't looked like it because the team is never prepared. If the team is improved, there's a chance to beat anyone at home not named Louisiana Tech. None of the others will be much better than us. Our guys probably have some revenge on their minds.
07-10-2017 02:22 PM
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RE: What should we do?
With this upcoming young and inexperienced team along with a head coach whose job is on the line, I would think that we should pull out all the stops. Play with our hair on fire. Give them all we've got. Otherwise, what's the point?
07-10-2017 02:24 PM
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RE: What should we do?
Play to win, but the coaches should be mentally prepared to give guys down the depth chart snaps in the 2nd half if Rice pulls way ahead.
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(07-10-2017 03:31 PM)mrbig Wrote:  Play to win, but the coaches should be mentally prepared to give guys down the depth chart snaps in the 2nd half if Rice pulls way ahead.

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07-10-2017 04:22 PM
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(07-10-2017 04:22 PM)Baconator Wrote:  
(07-10-2017 03:31 PM)mrbig Wrote:  Play to win, but the coaches should be mentally prepared to give guys down the depth chart snaps in the 2nd half if Rice pulls way ahead.

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07-10-2017 09:32 PM
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RE: What should we do?
Of course you play all games to win. But we had this debate many times on other threads but IMO, a respectable performance of competitive game against a top P5 opponent > C-USA win(s) later in season.

When on national stage, more people are judging your program quality. I'd rather go 4-8 and beat a Stanford/lose a nail biter in 4Q compared to a 6-6 season that includes getting blown-out badly against Stanford but get a trip to whocares.com bowl game to play a MAC team.

This game matters even more than other early season body bag games as we will have national stage to ourselves and our brand/quality of play is being judged more than all the other games combined. Outside of Parliament, getting blown-out 56-17 or something to that effect make national/casual audience check-out for rest of season with 'same old Rice' takeaway. However, a 24-21 like game gets people to pay attention to Rice Football and bring hope back to a better lot in life.

We have shown ability to beat bad/mediocre FB teams. Have not shown ability to be even competitive against top competition. That matters more right now. Throw the kitchen sink at a W. Love to see all the tricks, gadgets, unconventional wisdom that we have at this game.....
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RE: What should we do?
(07-10-2017 11:48 PM)owl40 Wrote:  Of course you play all games to win. But we had this debate many times on other threads but IMO, a respectable performance of competitive game against a top P5 opponent > C-USA win(s) later in season.

When on national stage, more people are judging your program quality. I'd rather go 4-8 and beat a Stanford/lose a nail biter in 4Q compared to a 6-6 season that includes getting blown-out badly against Stanford but get a trip to whocares.com bowl game to play a MAC team.

This game matters even more than other early season body bag games as we will have national stage to ourselves and our brand/quality of play is being judged more than all the other games combined. Outside of Parliament, getting blown-out 56-17 or something to that effect make national/casual audience check-out for rest of season with 'same old Rice' takeaway. However, a 24-21 like game gets people to pay attention to Rice Football and bring hope back to a better lot in life.

We have shown ability to beat bad/mediocre FB teams. Have not shown ability to be even competitive against top competition. That matters more right now. Throw the kitchen sink at a W. Love to see all the tricks, gadgets, unconventional wisdom that we have at this game.....
Agree 100%
07-11-2017 02:30 AM
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RE: What should we do?
(07-10-2017 11:48 PM)owl40 Wrote:  Of course you play all games to win. But we had this debate many times on other threads but IMO, a respectable performance of competitive game against a top P5 opponent > C-USA win(s) later in season.

When on national stage, more people are judging your program quality. I'd rather go 4-8 and beat a Stanford/lose a nail biter in 4Q compared to a 6-6 season that includes getting blown-out badly against Stanford but get a trip to whocares.com bowl game to play a MAC team.

This game matters even more than other early season body bag games as we will have national stage to ourselves and our brand/quality of play is being judged more than all the other games combined. Outside of Parliament, getting blown-out 56-17 or something to that effect make national/casual audience check-out for rest of season with 'same old Rice' takeaway. However, a 24-21 like game gets people to pay attention to Rice Football and bring hope back to a better lot in life.

We have shown ability to beat bad/mediocre FB teams. Have not shown ability to be even competitive against top competition. That matters more right now. Throw the kitchen sink at a W. Love to see all the tricks, gadgets, unconventional wisdom that we have at this game.....

Correction-- we have not shown the ability to be even competitive against any team ranked within the Top 75 (Top 60 percentile) of D1. It's not only top teams; it's any team with even a steady heart rate.
07-11-2017 08:34 AM
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