Tigers win their 22nd straight (AP Photo)
It wasn’t all pretty, but the Tigers did what they needed to do to come out of Louisville with a 45-10 win. There is no getting around the fact that this offense did not play well in the 1st quarter. It wasn’t much better in the second quarter for that matter. A lot of mistakes, most of the self inflicted variety. That stuff still needs to be cleaned up. We are seeing what happens when a teams roster is mostly made up of underclassmen just a season removed from losing a ton of leadership.
- That was the Tigers 10th consecutive road win. That is an impressive feat, even in the lowly ACC. Having said that, this team isn’t a “road warrior” like the teams we have seen the last two or three years. They seem to struggle more so on the road, and that hasn’t been the case in recent years.
- Travis Etienne was ballin’ today. Over 100 of his 192 yards came after contact. Yes, Lyn-J Dixon is a fine back, but he is not that kind of back. ETN does most of his damage after contact, and no other back in the country is better at that than him. Keep your fingers crossed he stays healthy. Healthy as possible anyways.
- After a HORRENDOUS start, Trevor Lawrence played very well. He had the two terrible picks early in that first quarter, but finished 20-29 for 233 yards and 3 TDs. After that second pick he was 17-22 for over 220 yards. Still needs to look for his checkdowns more instead of always going for the homerun ball, but when you have an arm like his, you are always going to think you can make every throw.
- Tee Higgins, one catch for three yards. This team needs its best receiver more involved, but he isn’t 100% either.
- Another false start for Cervenka, and in a critical situation. That is his third of the season already.
- Steven Sawiki is not the guy you want kicking FGs in the clutch. Nor PAT’s for that matter.
- Nice to see Diondre Overton making some plays. 3 catches for 43 yards off the bench and a couple of nice grabs. That is what I expected to see from him every game once Amari was back.
- Isaiah Simmons is the best player in the country, hands down. That is all.
- The defense was outstanding today, despite giving up a 100 yard rusher for the first time all season. This D is going to give up some rushing yards, and that’s alright. The goal is to keep them off the scoreboard and they’ve been very good in that department. This was a good Cardinal offense they held in check.
- Finally, no this team isn’t ready for the playoff today. There is still work to be done. Some of the sloppiness and mental mistakes have to cleaned up. You do not want them to be peaking right now. If this is a national title caliber team, they will be at their best when it counts.