There is typically a huge athletic/coaching talent disparity but protecting I-AA athletes from embarrassment/injury is stupid. Let schools schedule whoever they want. If the fans want to see their team, they will pay to see them no matter the opponent. The only repercussion should be post-season considerations when considering National Title contenders (e.g. Auburn for dropping Tech and picking up Citadel in 2004).
Now that I've finished my rant, here's the breakdown of basic stats from this year's version of the JSU game versus last year's:
Stats-wise we didn't play as well as last year defensively but honestly I thought our starting secondary played outstanding football and most of JSU's yardage came in garbage time. I am more confident in the Butler/Tarrant duo than I've ever been with any other group of cornerbacks going into the season. Butler had some sick plays down field in one on one situations.
Offensively, how can you argue with scoring on the first play of the game. One touchdown per 18 seconds or as Vu commented, "We were on pace to score 1,400 points." Sadly, Spiller scored on the opening kickoff meaning Clemson was on pace to score 1,800 points. Block-C may be allowed to predict a 400 point victory.
Finally, here are some WTF's for the weekend:
1. Duke and
2. Ponder and Harris are probably the best QB's in the ACC. We all saw Ponder's ability last year but who woulda thought Shannon would pull Harris out of the gutter like he has.
3. Russell Wilson = overrated. His stats were inflated by the conservative play calling of Tom O.
4. Jon Dwyer, CJ Spiller, and Dez Bryant should be front runners for the Heisman. I didn't see any QB play worthy of the Heisman this year.
5. Georgia Tech's schedule got harder and easier after watching several games this year. Virginia should be 100% win. Forget any of my preseason predictions. Miami will be tough as Hell and UNC may struggle breaking in their new O line and receiving corps.