WRS and myself already touched base on this earlier this morning. I love my Mocs AND I'm a realist. Tennessee is playing Florida in Knoxville at noon (11:00 AM my time). Mocs play at 4:00 PM BUT , we're not playing Coastal Carolina, Montana, Villanova, Montana State, or anybody of ranked importance. I know how homecoming works but WRS put it best: By halftime, Finley is going to be so empty you would think the Chattanooga Locomotion were playing. I don't think even die-hards like Mr. Belding and the good General will stick around past the end of the 2nd quarter.
My only problem is the catastrophic fantasy of them becoming complacent with the win the week before going toe to toe with Mother Knoxville and not having the juiced up drive to go full steam.
Case in point: I know Georgia Southern can't beat mother Athens but that doesn't stop them from trying. To paraphrase one announcer when I saw the last match up on the Tres online: "They fight tooth and nail with these Georgia Bulldogs because they have that chip on their shoulder that they're not good enough to play between the hedges"
(I know that reads dumb but I have nothing else to throw in the verbal crockpot today)
As always Mark, I love your write-ups in Mocland when you do them as well as the Sports Department doing the morning Mocs write-up on the front page this morning. That being said, I really find it hard to imagine anybody in the 423 a buzz over homecoming week for the simple reason: Tennessee plays Florida at noon and the Mocs aren't playing anybody "important" (Like NUMBER 3 Coastal Carolina is playing Furman this weekend). I know how homecoming works but when you can't get less than 8,000 into Finley for a home game against the very school that cost us both the conference title outright and the playoffs, how's super-duper doormat VMI going to be any different? Just saying.
"Jax St. and Coastal Carolina will probably get 1st round byes. Which means if we host a 1st round game, it will be against someone else."
DOH!!! >.< Forgot all about 1st Round byes. Although, if we win the SoCon, don't we get an automatic bye as a conference champion?
Jay- Totally understandable. I'm just use to seeing 10+ comments by lunchtime during FB season.
Wow, 12:50 PM Chat-town time and only three comments. Everyone must be completely out to lunch or we have breaking news somwwhere.
The Mocs are a playoff team.
The answer is true. However, I see it more as a team participating in the playoffs. I don't wish to use the phrase "Easy A" but when you're the only team in your conference in the top 15 and the only other FCS non-conference team is also unranked, it makes for a "mild" race to the playoffs to say the least.
Can UTC compete with ranked teams?: Yes.
Can they compete against top-tier ranked teams?: The jury is out.
As much as I harp about Fargo, Coastal Carolina is ranked #3 in the country and will be playing Furman this weekend. In the event the Mocs host a playoff game, that school will be probably be who we will be hosting them or a rematch with Jax State. UTC's Offense is like me learning to juggle (which I am by the way). I can juggle three balls in a holding pattern but freeze in doubt when trying to do it in a continueous pattern. The sooner the Mocs realize we "can" hold the line against the top tier teams, the better our chances are for being a serious playoff contender.
Jomo wrote -
Jomo would be more pleased with UTC hosting a playoff game only because option B had the Vols being bowl-eligible.
I have to go a) Winning the SoCon and hosting a playoff game.
1) The only 100% sure-fire way to sell out Finley which hasn't been done since game one.
2) Excuse to make the Luau mega huge. Big as in no pick-ups at Jax Liquors. Just call Bacardi to send one truck. :P
3) Extended coverage by the local media (if the game is played on a weeknight)
4) No excuses 423. No matter how your favorite SEC team is doing.
5) Extra: convince the local businesses (including the Aquarium)to change the light color skemes to blue/gold. If they can do it for CFB, they can do it for the college half of these SEC diehards send their kids too. :P
6) Laugh my butt off if I see someone tailgating serving "Fargo Bison Burgers!" XD (be like "too soon" or "lets get through the first game")
Thanks to ASN, no Mocsvision so I had to rely 100% on JR to provide me the game and watch it like I'm Ray Charles. However, my folks weren't game to the idea of doing another night game for safety reasons but were happy to watch the whole thing on their 50 incher mounted on our screened-in porch. Still, I was able to react to every position as if I were watching it.
Announced crowd of 8,872? WEAK! I know Ironman was this weekend (more on that later) but that was on Sunday. If we got that for Samford, I don't WANT to imagine what VMI is going to look like this weekend.
PA System: Tonights attendance, 400..and some crickets.
I'll give Mother Knoxville credit: They kept Georgia's feet to the fire all four quarters. And I don't think anyone (even Vegas) was going to have such odds.
On Mondays, I pull up the scanned print edition to see stuff normally not online (like the Monday stock exchange). I have to say I loved the new layout with the Ironman coverage. Chalk another one for "yeah, we exist" department (in reference to the jerks who imagine Tennessee being just Memphis and Nashville)
Back to the Mocs. Even though Samford is not ranked, they were picked 2nd so I'm interested to see later today if we moved up or not. Aside from the Tennessee game, I want to predict the Mocs to at least crack the top ten before the start of playoffs. Also of note is something I thought I would never see in the years I've followed UTC: Western Carolina listed as number 1 and Western Carolina beats Furman. WHAT THE FRUIT???? O.o
On Michigan. Yeah, I saw that game against Minnasota (again, what the fruit??). Oh, and the local Fox Sports affiliate carries FCS Southland games. They were showing Central Arkansas and some other school.
O.o You thought Boise State had an egregious turf dye job? CAU took it to the WHOLE other level!! (Google it)
Jay- Not that you are a heavy reader but if the opportunity presents itself, pick up a copy of the Jim Henson biography which was published late last year. I gave a copy to my best friend of 20 years (also a Henson fan) but not before I read it weeks in advance. ;)
Jim actually HATED people associated with him as "just" a kid smile-maker. To him, his puppet world was intended for people of all ages although given the typical American adult mindset, it was hard for people to imagine that. However, if you watch some of the classic episodes of the Muppet Show, it was so un-PC back then that as Jeff himself once said, "it was the adult version of Sesume Street".
If Jomo does a roast pig, we'll talk luau. If Durden doesn't produce then obviously we need to bring Satterfield (SATTTTTTTTTT!!!!) back in.
All satire aside, I am more vigulant then concerned. I would feel better about our chances had we at least beat Jax State by a TD. Will be interesting to see how many of the orange faithful still pay Finley a visit given the time space between the two games.
Welcome back to the fold.
I admit the Sun Belt is about as exciting as jackalope hunting in the South Texas desert but apparently GSU seems to be at least "holding" well against FBS foes: One point loss to NC State and a near upset of Georgia Tech is pretty impressive. But I agree the conference itself is pretty weak. Aside from Navy, I would say you're only "challanging" conference opponents are going to be Duck U. out of Monroe and long-time rival App. State. But yeah, hosting a SEC team (in general) is going to pack a house vs. the VMI of your conference.
Chalk another one up for "Just because you're FBS doesn't mean your conferance is the SEC!" XD