Originally Posted by Swampmaster
why didn't the coaches get the players better prepared for the sugar bowl??? that beatdown was embarrassing---it could have been a lot worse without those two missed FGs when lvill had the ball on the 2 yard line.
It's very surprising to see so many posters unaware of what I thought was common knowledge
: that is, that teams often play flat in bowl games when they get poor match-ups against lower-rated, no-name opponents.
I don't believe there's ever been a coaching staff that was immune to this phenomenon. And, a lot of great Hall of Fame coaches have been caught unawares that the team they thought they had prepared was not prepared at all. Yes, the flat team we saw in the Sugar Bowl was Muschamp's responsibility, but don't pretend that it's easy to prevent under those circumstances. That's why many of us moaned in dismay when the match-up with Louisville was announced. We've seen this movie before.
You can whine all you want that it should
not happen (and I agree wholeheartedly), but I've seen it happen so many times, I just chalk it up to human nature now.
I wish we had taken that game seriously and gotten the potential final No. 2 ranking, but I think the OP is correct in thinking this loss (and the lack of respect it created after a great season) could help in pushing our players in the off-season.