Expectations and Reality PickSicx Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 3,056 Likes Received: 5,106 Sep 6, 2017 #1 Perhaps this is borrowing a page from Greg's O/NSO meme, but there appears to be a serious need for some people to bring their expectations into alignment with reality. Expectation: USC will win every game. Reality: Its rare for a college football team to go undefeated. At the most, only one or two teams do it a year. It is entirely possible to lose a game and still win a National Championship. Expectation: USC will blow-out every poorly ranked opponent by 4 touchdowns. After all, those guys in Vegas set the point spread that high for a reason. Reality: Point spreads don't mean jack. Blowouts are for supermodels and drag racers. Expectation: USC should never struggle to win a game. Reality: Even in the height of the John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll eras, USC teams had to fight tooth and nail to win ball-games. Nothing comes easy. On any given Saturday, anyone can upset anyone, which all those coaches experienced. Expectation: There is some mythical mystical coach out there that will bring with him the magic dust that cause USC to contend for a national championship every year. His name is Urban Chip Saban. He's 7 feet tall, throws a beautiful spiral, has never missed out on a recruit, and has 7 fingers on each hand (to fit the 12 championship rings he'll win). Reality: Yes, there are great coaches, and they are proven over the long-haul. They have a brand and they mold their team into their image year after year. But even Bear Bryant only won 4 National Championships outright (a split title 2 other times). Joe Paterno only won 2 outright. Bud Wilkenson, 2. Bobby Bowdon, 2. Tom Osborn, 2. Saban is the exception with 5. He is a freak of nature. If a coach contends for a Natty every 3 or 4 years, and wins 50% of their chances, we later call them one of the greatest ever. But year to year, the expectation of contending annually is completely unrealistic. Expectation: Coaching, part 2: Every year, there is a flavor of the month coach who everyone just KNOWS would come in an turn their program around. Realty: And every year, there are a handful of former coaches who once held this title, who are fired by their current team. Nobody ever lives up the hype of being super-coach. Such expectations only make it harder for them to do their job. Expectation: That our FG kicker will kick .850 or better, simply because we think they should. Reality: If your kicker makes 70 to 75% of their kicks, they are pretty good. Expectation: Some kid who is given 5 stars next to his name by some recruiting service will automatically come in and adjust to the college game, continue to grow along the trajectory he had been on, and start for us his freshman year. Reality: The football world is littered with former 4 and 5-star recruits who never lived up to their billing. Its not fair to the player to blame them for your heightened level of expectation—they never asked to this. Expectation: Freshmen should be able to come in right away and contribute to the level of they guy they are replacing. Reality: An 18-year old kid doesn't know anything about handling the pressure of playing in a stadium with 75,000 screaming fans. 19-year olds are still years away from physical maturity. Expectation: Here come the trolls, to shout down this thread, saying that it is UNACCEPTABLE for USC football to expect anything other than a National Championship year after year. Reality: See below. Here come the comments. T-Morgan Jr, TrojanFireHorse12, in2nation and 3 others like this.