This....feasting on a pretty weak early schedule...
If only CPR teams had to navigate the schedule Mac's teams had during those years.
Depth was the issue, plus we were playing 12 games. We should have removed Tennessee Tech and put UConn in the date instead of playing UConn in the end of the season.
IIRC Mac also mentioned why running game didn't really work: the offensive philosophy was to give the ball to your best offensive player, so they gave the ball to Seneca and neglected the running game.
Re: offensive philosophy — In retrospect I figured I just imagined that transformation. It did seem like it became reduced to, "have Wallace drop back, look to pass, then run." It didn't appear to integrate rushing game or use the scramble out of pass-first mode.
Question is, was there enough confidence-killing that bled over into the Texas game — maybe that one goes the other way. Would the ceiling have still been about 9 wins anyway?
As I've said before, it seemed like a 10-4 team in many respe, but also was close to being 5-8 (fine line w/ Iowa & Missouri wins).