Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Avoiding the OT hangover

The Clemson game provided a huge boost of confidence. Yet a going through the physical and emotional ringer like that can also lead to a letdown the following game. With the win Saturday, TOB is now 3-3 in OT games. Here is how his teams did following his five previous OT games.


YearOT GameFollowing game
1997 L to MiamiL to Notre Dame
1999 W over BaylorW over Navy
2002 L to PittW over Notre Dame
2004 L to PittW over Notre Dame
2005 W over ClemsonW over Ball State



TOB followed the first Miami loss by getting crushed the next week in South Bend.


The Navy team BC faced following the Baylor win was not good and the game was much closer than it should have been.


The two losses to Pitt were both crushing. Yet the team did rally both times to defeat two good Notre Dame teams the following week.


Last season, the team followed the Clemson loss with a sound victory over a undermanned Ball State team.


So what does this short history tell us? Not much. The quality of opponents varied so much that there isn’t much to conclude. But to TOB's credit a 4-1 record post OT is encouraging.


This year might be the toughest test. The Clemson game has the team thinking big things. There is a chance the team could over look an improving BYU. If this is going to be a special season there can't be any letdowns.

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