What a Week + Tribe Playoffs
The unbelievable Auburn-Alabama game, the unwatchably late Boise State game, Barcelona's astonishing dissection of Real Madrid, LeBron manning up in Cleveland, and culminating in the Tribe's return to the playoffs on Saturday, it's been brilliant.
For the Tribe fans out there, it appears as though the game is not being broadcast on "TV", however their may be a stream on the NCAA's website. Visit TribeAthletics.com for the link. It's a 1:30 kickoff. Georgia Southern is the opponent and it's not the greatest draw that a #2 seed could hope to have. They lost 4 games this year, all of which were within 8 points. One loss to Navy, 2 to 1-AA playoff teams and they beat App St. in OT. They're far from the 1st round pushover that seeded teams are accustomed to facing. As usual Georgia Southern runs the option and JMU ate us up on the ground three weeks ago. It's also a rematch of the 2nd best Tribe game I ever attended -- back in 97 we went into their packed house and knocked off #1 GSU led by the other Adrian Peterson 29-28. Awesome game. Fantastic atmosphere. And, the good folks of Statesboro were more than happy to provide refreshing beverages to a bunch of guys who may not have been eligible to receive them at the time. Great people.
This Tribe team is as good as anybody in the country and they are fully capable of winning the national championship. We've already beaten Delaware and Villanova, each of which are title-winning caliber. Every game up to a potential final will be in the friendly confines of Zable Stadium. We're also fully capable of losing this game -- we're 9 point favorites, but the experts at the SportsNetwork picked us to go down. On the plus side, we sort of had 2 weeks to prepare for their offense, as we had a by last week and GSU were heavy favorites in the play-in round.
It's not easy to get 1-AA injury info, but it sounds like Callahan will start at QB and Paulus might still be a week or two away. We might also see some wildcat with QB/WR DJ Mangas behind center.