Wildcats Thunder Football/Recruiting Analyst
No opponent should ever be underestimated or overlooked, and I know a lot of UK fans are still concerned about UK- FAU turning into a so-called "trap game" tomorrow.
FAU is a very respectable 3-1. Here is their 2007 record, to date:
- FAU 27 - Middle Tennessee 14
- Oklahoma State 42 - FAU 6
- FAU 42 - Minnesota 39
- FAU 30 - North Texas 20
But if we are going to look at this game realistically, UK fans need to understand a couple of things.
For one thing, Oklahoma State and Minnesota are mediocre D-1 football teams. Oklahoma State is 2-2. Minnesota is 1-3. In view of the fact that Oklahoma State scored 42 points against FAU's defense, and Minnesota scored 39 points, you can just about bet your automobile that UK will score at least 48 points tomorrow. And that, my friends, would translate into a comfortable UK victory, and a fourth quarter with Mike Hartline under center.
Another thing to consider....this game is a glaring physical mismatch. Florida Atlantic has a small, quick team. UK has a big, quick team that is much deeper than Florida Atlantic's smaller team. I can understand why Florida Atlantic gave Minnesota fits, since Minnesota is a slow, lumbering Big Ten team. But when faced with an athletic Big Twelve opponent (i.e., Oklahoma State), FAU got creamed.
Today I took a look at FAU's depth chart. This team is small. Really small. Their starting center weighs 245#. One of their starting guards weighs 260#. Both of their starting DTs weigh less than 265#. Two of their starting LBs are under 205#. Their entire defensive backfield is very small, and their CBs both weigh less than 170#.
Now, I fully understand how speed can erase a lot of shortcomings for a football team. But the SEC is a speed conference, and UK was just as quick as Arkansas last Saturday.
If I was Coach Brooks, I would line up and run the football down Schnellenberger's throat tomorrow until Howard's small defense proves they can stop it. And by the time FAU's defense figures out a way to limit UK's rushing offense, FAU's safeties will be too close to the box in run support....which means Andre can use play action to throw over them. And when UK's receivers match-up against FAU's smaller CBs, I don't think the kids from the Sun Belt Conference will fare any better than Arkansas' DBs fared last week
If I can see this, you can be sure Joker sees it. I'm sure they have looked hard at the FAU-Oklahoma State game film.