When PSU climbed back in with a couple of those long, disputed catches in the third qtr I thought we might lose. I expected we would lose on another long pass but not on a blocked kick.
At the start of the season, I thought we had some trap sections of our schedule - especially being as young as we were.
OK was the first one. I really thought we would lose. When we won and in the style that we won, I guess it gave me false hope that we were better than we really are. We also had the back to back games on the road after bye weeks for Wisc and PSU, where I originally thought we could drop one of those games, followed by back to back home games with NW and Neb and then closing out the season with MSU and um.
Originally I thought we might lose 2 games but perhaps only one and had a slight chance of being undefeated. Honestly thought we would lose at OK and then run the table.
I thought JT played about as well as you can when you can barely raise yours to throw the ball because of pressure. We have been regressing since OK and the main problem is our OLine. Last night had to be the worst OLine performance I can ever recall. It was much worse than the VT game because very often last night, they were getting major pressure on us with just a 4 or 5 man rush. I am not sure what is wrong with Prince but he looks like he would have trouble at the high school level. It was noticeably awful. PSU stunts had him totally confused and more often than not he missed a block entirely. Late in the fourth qtr, there were two plays where the guy lined up over him (to be fair, not sure that was his guy - but pretty sure) and one tackled JT as he was trying to get the ball to Weber and the other he met Weber head on as JT was handing him the ball. If that is the best we can do, then we will lose a couple of more games. WI and now PSU just gave everyone the playbook to beat us.
On the bright side, it has taken a loss each year, I guess for us to stop playing not to lose and to start being aggressive. Tom Hermann did not become "Tom Hermann" until after the VT game. Up until that time, he had many head scratching play calls. I thought maybe that got fixed last year after MSU but apparently - new year doesn't carry over.
If our oline and passing game is that bad (again, not sure JT is at fault here at all - or very little) we have to be able to do something to negate the issues with our line like quick passes or rolling out or traps/misdirection.
I hated to lose and really hated to lose to PSU, but this is a good thing. It was eventually going to rear it's ugly head either at um or in the playoffs and I fear we would have gotten blown out. Lots of room for improvement everywhere, but if the oline doesn't start taking some giant leaps forward, the remainder of the season is not going to be fun.