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Don't have much confidence we can win 4 out of 5 to finish the season. But if that happened I would consider it a success, no doubt.
 
10-19-2017 02:24 PM
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(10-19-2017 02:13 PM)Nobones Wrote:  
(10-19-2017 01:53 PM)doss2 Wrote:  
(10-19-2017 01:45 PM)Bruce Monnin Wrote:  Oh, a win this week leads to at least 6-6 and a bowl game. Which would be amazing considering what we've seen lately.

I'm not counting on it, but hope springs eternal as I come to Nippert Saturday.

Sending this team to a bowl makes about as much sense a Harvard accepting a student with 1,000 SAT's

Just asking for a beat down.

Dud you must have inherited most of your money. At this stage it is not about the beat down they may get.Iit is about the coaches getting 15 more practices with the players. Right now that would be great for this program.

Nope made it all myself.
 
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Nice to see it's not double digit spreads for a change...

SMU 4-2
UC 2-5 +7.5
 
10-20-2017 03:34 PM
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Dallas Morning News article...

Quote:Why SMU is shaking up its defensive backfield against Cincinnati

By Adam Grosbard , Staff Writer Contact Adam Grosbardon Twitter:@AdamGrosbard

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Coming into the season, SMU knew it was playing with fire with the young pieces in the secondary. Junior Jordan Wyatt was surrounded by three sophomores in the starting lineup, with more underclassmen serving as second-stringers.

After six weeks, it seems that head coach Chad Morris is tired of being burnt by the unit, because he promises changes will be coming during Saturday's game against Cincinnati.

"The DBs have been very inconsistent. I've been very disappointed in the overall play there from the safeties to our corners," Morris chastised at his press conference Tuesday. "We're gonna move some guys around. We're gonna have some position changes, shake a few things up, try to get some guys' attention."

It's not that Morris thinks the position has been a black hole of production through SMU's 4-2 start. Safety Mikial Onu leads the team in tackles with 47. Wyatt proved his worth without playing against Connecticut, when SMU's pass defense stumbled without him.

The issue is consistency. Each of SMU's losses featured breakdowns by the secondary. There was the disastrous Hail Mary defense against TCU. Or maybe you're more bothered by the litany of missed tackles by Rodney Clemons and Christian Davis against Houston.

So then the issue comes down to consistency.

"To get where we want to get to, we've got to become a lot more productive in several key areas there and being more consistent would be a great start," Morris said.

Defensive coordinator Van Malone concurs with this diagnosis.

"The greatest teams, the greatest defensive teams, they are consistent," Malone explained. "When they are consistent and they have confidence, they make plays. When they make plays consistently, they have confidence. It's a cycle."

Cincinnati presents a good opportunity for the group to find some rhythm. The Bearcats rank in the bottom half of the FBS with 221.9 passing yards per game. Junior quarterback Hayden Moore has his own issues keeping a steady hand, throwing for 10 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. 6-foot Kahlil Lewis is the team's best receiver but has yet to record more than 89 yards in a game this season.

As for what the specific changes to the SMU rotation will be, Morris declined to share. Davis and Clemons appear to be the most vulnerable of the starters as their play left a lot to be desired in the two games before last week's bye.

Morris also sees room for improvement for SMU's most valuable player on defense, Wyatt. The corner is a member of SMU's leadership council but the third-year head coach wants to see Wyatt be more talkative on the field to help bring his younger teammates along.

"He's a great player but the challenge for him is to grow his game, to get himself better, he's got to become more of a vocal leader," Morris said.

The American's West Division is wide open, with each of the six teams possessing at least one loss. A strong finish to the season by SMU and enough chaos around them in the conference and the Mustangs could earn a spot in the championship game. In a conference that likes to air the ball out, though, SMU needs its secondary to be at the top of its game for that best-case scenario to become reality.

We'll see Saturday if the mix-up gives SMU the boost it needs down the stretch.

SMOO
 
10-20-2017 03:40 PM
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No sh_t Sherlock...

Quote:The biggest thing Cincinnati needs to do to pull off an upset over SMU

By Adam Grosbard , Staff Writer Contact Adam Grosbardon Twitter:@AdamGrosbard

In preparation for SMU's matchup against Cincinnati on Saturday, SportsDay spoke with Bearcats beat writer Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here are some highlights.

How have you seen Hayden Moore develop as the starting quarterback?

Groeschen: "Hayden Moore is moving up the charts on the UC career passing list (5151 yards) but remains remarkably inconsistent. Has 30 career TD throws, 24 picks. Some good games, some not so good, some just bad. Never sure what you will get each week."

Cincinnati's rushing attack is ranked near the very bottom of the FBS. Is this a result of playing from behind or poor execution?

Groeschen: "I would say mostly poor execution. The blocking often hasn't been there. Also, sometimes the backs struggle to make their own yards. The offensive line was the biggest question mark entering the year, and is still finding its way. Playing from behind certainly does not help."

Who are the X-factors on the Bearcats' defense?

Groeschen: "DT Cortez Broughton is a hammer, their best player over there. Middle LB Jaylin Minor piles up tackles, with a course plenty of tackles to be had over there. But he also is a very solid, fly-around defender. Pass rush remains an issue. DBs have had trouble covering and been beaten for several deep balls. Lack of QB pressures plays into that too."

What needs to happen for Cincinnati to pull off an upset against SMU?

Groeschen: "They must find a way to contain the potent SMU offense, or it will be a long day. The memory of UCF scoring on all 8 of their possessions two weeks ago remains fresh, although they did keep USF from running wild last week, relatively speaking.. UC absolutely must not turn the ball over. The Bearcats could pull an upset if they sustain some drives and make TDs instead of FGs in the red zone. The defense, in turn, must force some turnovers to give the offense more chances."

SMOO 2
 
10-20-2017 03:47 PM
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(10-20-2017 03:47 PM)UCGrad1992 Wrote:  No sh_t Sherlock...

Quote:The biggest thing Cincinnati needs to do to pull off an upset over SMU

By Adam Grosbard , Staff Writer Contact Adam Grosbardon Twitter:@AdamGrosbard

In preparation for SMU's matchup against Cincinnati on Saturday, SportsDay spoke with Bearcats beat writer Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here are some highlights.

How have you seen Hayden Moore develop as the starting quarterback?

Groeschen: "Hayden Moore is moving up the charts on the UC career passing list (5151 yards) but remains remarkably inconsistent. Has 30 career TD throws, 24 picks. Some good games, some not so good, some just bad. Never sure what you will get each week."

Cincinnati's rushing attack is ranked near the very bottom of the FBS. Is this a result of playing from behind or poor execution?

Groeschen: "I would say mostly poor execution. The blocking often hasn't been there. Also, sometimes the backs struggle to make their own yards. The offensive line was the biggest question mark entering the year, and is still finding its way. Playing from behind certainly does not help."

Who are the X-factors on the Bearcats' defense?

Groeschen: "DT Cortez Broughton is a hammer, their best player over there. Middle LB Jaylin Minor piles up tackles, with a course plenty of tackles to be had over there. But he also is a very solid, fly-around defender. Pass rush remains an issue. DBs have had trouble covering and been beaten for several deep balls. Lack of QB pressures plays into that too."

What needs to happen for Cincinnati to pull off an upset against SMU?

Groeschen: "They must find a way to contain the potent SMU offense, or it will be a long day. The memory of UCF scoring on all 8 of their possessions two weeks ago remains fresh, although they did keep USF from running wild last week, relatively speaking.. UC absolutely must not turn the ball over. The Bearcats could pull an upset if they sustain some drives and make TDs instead of FGs in the red zone. The defense, in turn, must force some turnovers to give the offense more chances."

SMOO 2

Make TD's not FG's.

When did start making FG's?

Gantz, Pasley now Jones. Pulled left, shanked right, short.
 
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"What needs to happen for Cincinnati to pull off an upset against SMU?"

Score more points than they do.
 
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(10-20-2017 06:20 PM)JackieTreehorn Wrote:  "What needs to happen for Cincinnati to pull off an upset against SMU?"

Score more points than they do.

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