Is Dana Holgorsen making excuses, a crybaby, or right by his comments at Big 12 Media Days? We think he is hunting excuses for a Vols win.
Dana Holgorsen took the podium today at Big 12 Media Days, and he had a few things to say about how unfair his 2018 schedule is. It got me thinking is Holgorsen a comedian or football coach?
His Mountaineers take on the Vols in the first game of the season on September 1st. The past few years have brought big games against power five opponents within the first two games of the season.
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Remember last year, Georiga Tech took Tennessee into overtime. And, in 2016 the Virginia Tech game wasn’t the opener, but it was a power five opponent in the second game of the season. A home and home series with Oklahoma came in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Playing power five opponents is something Tennessee has always done. And, if I remember correctly, done complaint free.
However, Dana Holgorsen sees playing a tough schedule differently. He thinks his schedule is “not quite fair.”
He is complaining that his team will play 11 power five schools. Which, is quite a feat by reading the headline. However, the more you dive into their schedule it is a cake walk.
Of course, the Mountaineers open with Tennessee followed by Youngstown State (oh no), NC State, Kansas State. Not sure what is so scary about those four games, other than a Tennessee team that is being overlooked.
The next two games are Texas Tech and Kansas. Honestly, is Kansas good enough to be considered a power five opponent? Vanderbilt would beat them by 30 points, mark it down.
Next comes a trip to Iowa State and then back home for a game with the big bad Baylor Bears. Another team Vanderbilt could beat by 30 points.
So, there you have it. Their first eight games. What in the world is Holgorsen crying about? I’m sure Jeremey Pruitt will be more than happy to give up his five-game gauntlet for that eight-game cake walk. I would bet my last dollar Tennessee would be at least 7-1 or 6-2 during that span.
The last four games are considered the tough part of the schedule. It goes as follows at Texas, TCU, at Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. That’s tough four-game span no doubt.
However, I’m not sure any of those four teams could beat Auburn, Georgia, or South Carolina.
I’m willing to speak for every coach in the SEC and say they would much rather have Dana Holgorsen’s schedule than their own.
We are going to keep track of how many excuses he can make before the big game on September 1st. Sounds to me that he is afraid of Jeremy Pruitt and the Vols.