Gil Dobie wrote:kalm wrote:
After NDSU & JMU, who would be heavy favorites to beat A&T on a neutral site?
UNI would do to A&T what they've done to Monmouth, SFA, McNeese State, EIU, etc. in the OOC portion of their schedule and playoffs the last few years.
And yes, I'd have no problem leaving JSU a head of A&T in a poll submission barring some kind of crazy performance against ECU this week
In 2016 Montana beat UNI 20-14 despite the stats looking like this
Montana 88 (2 ypc)
UNI 205 (4 ypc)
Montana 118 (14-30 3.9 ypa)
UNI 194 (16-38 5.1 YPA)
Montana 206 3.2 ypp
UNI 351 4.5 ypp
UNI had a better punt average, more inside the 20, 9 more minutes of TOP and held Montana to 4-17 on third down and 0-1 on fourth down.
The difference in the game? Montana returned a punt for a TD coupled with UNI going 6-17 on third down.
UNI was clearly the better team that day. Montana won. The better team doesn't always win - contrary to that bullshit cliche that people love.
JSU had over 400 yards of offense. The difference in the game? A kick off return for a TD....and the extreme undisciplined nature of JSU.
I'm not arguing JSU deserved to win - but it's pretty damn clear that they...as bad as they were...were the better team.