Legendary golf coach Harvey Penick was fond of saying that confidence is that feeling you have before you know better. College football fans understand what he was driving at intimately.
You spend weeks avoiding getting too excited but as kickoff approaches even the most Munsonian among is eventually succumbs to the siren call of optimism.
Then you watch Florida play actual defense and South Carolina look relatively put together with a second year starter at quarterback, and Clemson may be a 600 pound gorilla with a chainsaw where its left arm should be. And you start to reconsider things.
Well, it’s too late to turn back now. You’re committed, baby. We’re all in this together.
All I want to see this evening is a relatively put together defense. Jim Chaney isn’t going to do anything he doesn’t want the Fighting Irish to see, and if he has to do anything exotic it will mean things went horribly wrong. Let’s just have a good effort, decent execution, put this one in the win column and start getting ready for the Irish. Friends, it’s Saturday in Athens.