OK, maybe more than just "eh," but that pretty accurately describes my feeling today on yesterday's effort. There was some good, some bad, and a lot of things that need taken care of quickly.
Let's get to this, shall we?
- This game isn't meaningless, but it's important not to weight it too much. Just because Tennessee rocked Western Kentucky doesn't make them a better or worse team than Iowa, that sneaked by Northern Iowa. You get the win, get a better idea on what to work on, and you move on to the next week. With that said, you don't want to show as much weakness as we did at times yesterday.
- Kickoff coverage is an abomination. There is simply no ifs, ands, or buts about it. For the head coach of our football team to be in charge of this flaming pile of a unit is simply unacceptable. If there isn't marked improvement immediately, this will continue to cost us multiple wins this year. Ultimately, if the head coach's pet unit isn't up to par, and it's very obviously not, it could start to cause players to lose respect for their coach. We certainly don't want that, but it's the direction we're unfortunately headed. This is a huge litmus test for Stewart, and after week one, it's not looking good.
Next week is enormous. East Carolina will obviously be a much stronger test than Liberty, but based on what I saw at Mountaineer Field on Saturday, it's certainly still a winnable game.