Of 10 overall wins, only 3 FBS opponents were above .500. Another 2 wins against FCS opponents that were 7-5, verses only one game for us against FCS. Their only quality win was against a 9-3 Auburn team. So, even at 10-2, they only have 1 quality win. Nothing we can do about how the opponents work out down the stretch.
We beat the teams in conference we were supposed to beat. Something we haven’t done in forever. We’re not yet to the point of complaining about the quality of conference wins, imo. We took care of business in the conference, if you will.
I'm curious who all of the still doubting CJP crowd would prefer as head coach? Scott Frost and Chip Kelly were on the wish list before CJP was hired, they're both tearing it up in year 2 and inherited the same or better situation. Gruden? Really, was never gonna happen and me personally I'm glad he isn't here. Mullen, good coach poor recruiting, but wish he wasn't at Florida. Kiffin? Behr just absolutely nailed it about that idiot. Gundy, so glad I don't have to look at the mullet watching Vols, and CJP is a better coach. Leach, I admit it would be fun and I swear I would have went to Neyland in an orange pirate suit, well just because. Doreen, oh hades no. Schiano? Hahahaha. Peterson was mentioned he just quit at Washington. Patterson, ain't leaving for Vols. Cut? Likely to retire at Duke. My point is CJP did indeed inherit a mess as Freak's OP began this discussion, but just who do you guys wish we had hired? I'm glad we have CJP and feel the future is bright, defense is gonna be stingy nasty from here on out. Defense wins championships.
The first two games were Pruitt dealing with the past. Perhaps he wasn't forceful enough in setting expectations and getting rid of dead weight. Hardly inexcusable because of the challenge in getting players who were not a part of your vision to buy in. Thankfully he was able to get this core group of players to circle the waggon and buy in, that was the spark and they responded.
Pruitt is learning to be a head coach, next year will be a challenge but he's on the right track, there may be setbacks but if he can continue to close and develop we will close the ground between us and the next level in the the conference.