Okay, first I have a confession to make: an apology for leaving the USC game at the end of the first half; I went out with a friend to a bar and watched the Miami-Ohio State game with him (he's a Miami fan), and I did have them put on the rest of the SU-USC game so I could watch with whatever little remaining faith I had that we could come back and win. Then I remembered we were playing our second and third-string defense because our starters were all hurt. So I was watching the game; just not at a computer.
And for today's game I was out with family but I did catch the end....and saw more of what I saw wrong with us against USC.
And obviously during the week I was focused on the ACC hubbub as a distraction from the USC game that I really wasn't thinking as much about football as I should have, and this is why I'm making this post: to share my observations about the football team so we don't need to point fingers at each other or flip out and just say "we suck, we don't deserve to win, we're never going to win" and so I can try and restore faith in HCDM and this football team.
Our offense actually seems to be clicking somewhat now, and to be honest I'm not really upset with how the offense is playing, even against USC. The offensive line is still a little shaky though.
That being said, our pass defense sucks and it's why we're allowing so many damn points to teams we shouldn't be. Somebody obviously needs to teach people how to tackle because we're not doing it properly. This is probably a bigger concern than the coverage; that play at the end of today's game with the facemask call really made me feel like we need to get better tacklers. Our only sure tackler, Shamarko, is out with an injury.