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    Re: Thoughts on 2002

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclones500 View Post
    Aside from the nuts & bolts described here regarding offensive deficiencies, a simplified perspective 10 years later is, that team just wasn't quite as good as some of the promise and excitement suggested early in the year.

    The only very good team ISU beat that season was Iowa (and we didn't know that yet, at the time); only one conference team Iowa State beat was above .500 (TT). Nebraska was a big win when it happened, but NU finished 7-7.

    UConn loss was embarrassing, yes, but there were losses to four 10-win teams.

    Perfectly mediocre.


    This....feasting on a pretty weak early schedule...


    If only CPR teams had to navigate the schedule Mac's teams had during those years.


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    Re: Thoughts on 2002

    Depth was the issue, plus we were playing 12 games. We should have removed Tennessee Tech and put UConn in the date instead of playing UConn in the end of the season.

    IIRC Mac also mentioned why running game didn't really work: the offensive philosophy was to give the ball to your best offensive player, so they gave the ball to Seneca and neglected the running game.



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    Re: Thoughts on 2002

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone13 View Post
    Depth was the issue, plus we were playing 12 games. We should have removed Tennessee Tech and put UConn in the date instead of playing UConn in the end of the season.

    IIRC Mac also mentioned why running game didn't really work: the offensive philosophy was to give the ball to your best offensive player, so they gave the ball to Seneca and neglected the running game.
    Actually was 13 games (14 w/ the bowl) --- but I agree with your point. The season seemed to last forever. Three full months with one bye week. After the brutal stretch of 4 road games in 5 weeks (OU, UT, KSU, CU) team was bound to run out of gas.

    Re: offensive philosophy — In retrospect I figured I just imagined that transformation. It did seem like it became reduced to, "have Wallace drop back, look to pass, then run." It didn't appear to integrate rushing game or use the scramble out of pass-first mode.



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    Re: Thoughts on 2002

    Quote Originally Posted by redrocket22 View Post
    I concur with your analysis. However, at the time - it really felt like OU stole our mojo.
    Definitely some mojo-theft with that loss.

    Question is, was there enough confidence-killing that bled over into the Texas game maybe that one goes the other way. Would the ceiling have still been about 9 wins anyway?

    As I've said before, it seemed like a 10-4 team in many respe, but also was close to being 5-8 (fine line w/ Iowa & Missouri wins).



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