Appalachian State is no gimme game
at Notre Dame is no gimme game
Mississippi State is no gimme game
at vols is no gimme game
at Vanderbilt is no gimme game for us
at JAX Florida is no gimme game
at Auburn is no gimme game
Kentucky is no gimme game
at Georgie tek yellowjackets damn well better be a gimme game this season
South Carolina and Missouri are gimme games for Kirby year two ?
That leaves Samford.
And Samford was # 24 in the FCS Coaches’ Poll for all of 2016. Remember Nicholls game last year ? This team is a LOT better than Nicholls last year. Trust me.
This is not an easy schedule for Kirby.
And the toughest games for us are away from Sanford as always.
I sure am reading a LOT of blogs saying this is an EASY schedule for Kirby year two.
This is ludicrous talk.
Kirby gets Notre Dame 2017 at South Bend at Touchdown Jesus Mississippi State who played in a bowl game 2016 and Appalachian State who won their bowl game 2016 and were Sun Belt Champions at 10-3. Appalachian State gave the vols all they could handle in the opening game 2016 for both teams losing by only by 20-13 in overtime at Neyland so Appalachian State is not coming here to Sanford September 2 as some opening game warm-up for Notre Dame for us.
Samford is game 3 and that is the only game which is a breather September 16 for Kirby all 2017 season. If the players and coaches take any other game all 2017 for granted we’ll lose. 11 of our 12 games before SEC Championship and then the Bowl Game could easily be a loss.
Kentucky was a Bowl team 2016. Vanderbilt was a Bowl team 2016. Mississippi State was a Bowl team 2016 too. Appalachian State was a Bowl team 2016. vols were a Bowl team 2016. In fact vols won their Bowl Game 2016 against # 24 Nebraska 38-24 and vols were # 21 in College Football Play-Off Poll 2016 by virtue of them beating The Mighty Georgia Bulldogs on a last-gasp Hail Mary. We ruined Auburn’s season 2016 beating them at our house but Auburn was still # 17 in the College Football Play-Off Poll 2016 and ended # 17 in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls after losing to # 7 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl 2016. I’ve been to many Sugar Bowls through the years but Kirby certainly did not 2016 like Auburn.
Mississippi State won their Bowl game 2016 too and to get to the Bowl game 2016 Mississippi State beat Texas A&M and South Carolina and Ole Miss before beating Miami of Ohio in Mississippi State’s Bowl win 2016. So that is no gimme given our blow-out loss to Ole Miss whom Mississippi State handled AT Ole Miss by three times their score 55 Mississippi State 20 Ole Miss at Ole Miss. Texas A&M whom Mississippi State beat 2016 too was # 22 in both the AP and Coaches’ Polls for 2016 and Mississippi State beat them by double-digits.
Brian Kelly in his 7th year at the helm for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat Mark Richt’s Miami of Florida Hurricanes at South Bend 2016.
And while that may not surprise Mark Richt fans – both of them – that Mark Richt went to South Bend 2016 and LOST the fact remains that Notre Dame RUINED Mark Richt’s season 2016.
South Carolina was a Bowl team 2016 and while they lost their Bowl game to South Florida South Florida was # 22 in the Coaches’ Poll 2016 and # 24 in the Final AP Poll. I think we all recall the game at South Carolina last year where they wouldn’t relent on playing it there in the 45 mph gusts. 5 passes ? STFU about 5 passes. It was miserable conditions for Jacob Eason and you know it.
South Carolina is a Rivalry Game to South Carolina and with Kirby’s best of buddies Will Muschamp picking-off the top Wide Receiver in the state of Georgia 2017 trust me Kirby and Will see this as a Rivalry game both of them.
While Mark Stoops at Kentucky beat all these teams. Mark Stoops watched us march into Lexington and was nonplussed with us losing by the slimmest of margins 27-24 The Good Guys. Mark Stoops went to # 11 Louisville and beat the shit out of Bobby Petrino who was # 13 in the College Football Play-Off Poll 2016 and # 15 in the Final Coaches’ and AP Polls. Mark Stoops also beat South Carolina Vanderbilt Missouri and Mississippi State. This is not the definition of a CUPCAKE.
Did I mention Florida beat us ? vols beat us. Vanderbilt beat us. The damn yellowjackets beat us. None of them of push-overs for 2017 either.