I’m sure it was clear to anyone watching yesterday that we got completely annihilated by The Citadel. In fact, as bad as the score looks, the score doesn’t quite represent just how bad we got beat. Here is my attempt to make sense of it all:
#21 The Citadel – 52 / @ #8 Appalachian State – 28
THE DEFENSE looked like they had no idea what was going on against the triple option. That’s not good since Georgia Southern and Wofford also run a form of it.
THE OFFENSE looked like they had no idea what the score was (short throws & runs while down by 5 scores).
SPECIAL TEAMS was doing fine, but didn’t want to make the rest of the team look bad so they let a punt get blocked/returned for a TD.
FAN SUPPORT – The best thing about running this blog by myself (and not worrying about having to make money off of it) is that I can say whatever I want. Well I don’t care who hears it, this week – the only thing worse than our play was our fans.
I get it. I was as frustrated as anyone. To the handfuls of people that stayed the whole game or watched/listened to the entire game from home – I’m not talking to you. To those of you who left early, you really suck. The players didn’t get to leave early. You didn’t leave early when we were beating Montana last week. By the 2nd half, the stands were empty and now I’ve gotta listen to morons talk about firing the coaches. Did we lose BECAUSE of our fans? No, but the fickle support you just showed our players could mentally impact the next one.
It was 1 game people. You talk about a sense of entitlement from the perspective of the players? That’s nothing compared to the sense of entitlement that our fans have. Yes here at App we always expect to win. That doesn’t mean you have to be a douche when we lose.
D-II Glenville State – 0 / @ Chattanooga – 35
The worst part about this game is that it was played on Thursday. That gave Chattanooga 3 extra days to get ready to play us this week. Other than that, UTC only allowed 17 yards rushing from Glenville State & only 78 total. They also put up 477 yards in a pretty balanced offensive display. It’s hard to really judge against such weak competition though.
Liberty – 14 / @ #14 Montana – 34
I hope we respond to our loss this week as well as Montana did to theirs last week. They beat a solid Liberty team by double digits. Looking back I wonder how we won that game. It was like a totally different team.
D-II West Virginia State – 14 / @ Elon – 48
Elon played without the benefit of their head coach who was hospitalized on Fri for chest pains. Best of wishes to him and his family, but if it was going to happen, it couldn’t have happened on a better week. I’m actually surprised WVSU scored twice.
Samford – 44 / @ Gardner-Webb – 23
Samford is quietly maintaining their undefeated status. Our game against them is going to be a tough one. That being said, Gardner-Webb isn’t any good this year. But Samford should beat WCU next week and they will be 4-0 before going into the gauntlet of GA Southern/Citadel/App State/Chatty/Wofford. They could be 4-5 coming out of that.
Furman – 7 / @ FBS #11 Clemson – 41
The final score wasn’t surprising. It is interesting that Furman put up 352 yards on offense but only managed 7 points though. They’ve had a rough start going 0-3 but they’re better than their record indicates. They should win their next 2 games against WCU and Presbyterian. Then they’ll go to Wofford looking for an upset.
ECU – 24 / @ Southern Miss – 14
Personally, I thought ECU would lose here but it was a relatively close game. The good news is ECU isn’t atrociously bad, but it remains to be seen just how good they are.
#20 Eastern Kentucky - 35 / @ Coastal Carolina – 17
I thought that Eastern Kentucky was overrated, but apparently not. Coastal is a decent team, but this shows that they are pretty beatable as well. We can’t sleep on them but I think we’re a better team (depending on the week I guess).
Western Carolina – 20 / @ #9 Wofford – 49
WCU is getting better but they still have a long way to go. Meanwhile Wofford is doing everything they’re supposed to. In the new rankings, they should be the highest ranked team in the SoCon. They should win their next 2 games against Elon & Furman as well. WCU will really show us what they’re made of next week against Samford.
#11 Georgia Southern – Bye Week
1. The Citadel 3-0 (2-0 SoCon)
2. Samford 3-0 (1-0 SoCon)
Wofford 3-0 (1-0 SoCon)
3. Elon 2-1 (0-0 SoCon)
Chattanooga 1-2 (0-0 SoCon)
4. Georgia Southern 1-1 (0-1 SoCon)
Appalachian State 1-2 (0-1 SoCon)
Western Carolina 1-2 (0-1 SoCon)
Furman 0-3 (0-1 SoCon)