Game number six is here, and it’s Homecoming!
There has been quite a bit made of the meeting between the school where Mullen got one of his first coaching gigs and the school where he is serving for the first time as a head coach. None of that is really what matters here. What matters is how the Dawgs dismantle the Falcons (or fail to do so) and which quarterback will get the nod.
My expectation for this game is for both quarterbacks to play, for them to play well, and for us to still have a really pointless quarterback controversy. I fully understand that both quarterbacks bring something completely to the table. I just want us to pick a direction and stick with one of them. This switching back and forth will eventually lead to a breakdown in the offense, which I think is a big reason the offense fizzled out in the fourth quarter against LSU last week.
I know a lot of people are clamoring for Dak and there are others that think it should be Tyler. I will go on record as saying I just want to pick one and stick with that guy. If we want to be a ground and pound team, lets give the ball to Dak and pound the other team into submission. If we want to use an aerial attack, lets give the ball to Tyler and start tailoring the playcalling to his attributes. Just pick one and stop the nonsensical musical chairs we are currently playing with both of them.
And once again, we are stuck with a game where if we don’t destroy the opponent, then there will be lots of questions. This is another thing that has made this season so confounding for State fans: against the big boys, we have looked good at times and then just flame out. Against the cupcakes, we look like Alabama 2.0. It is perplexing to figure out the stark differences in play. If we were a bad team, Troy would have racked up some points on us. If we were a bad team, we would have been out of the game last week against LSU at halftime.
The only way I think this season is going to get any traction is to pick one guy at QB and stick with them. Just don’t expect that to happen today.