USD: Avoiding the “winnable” tag

BY JEREMY HOECK

At 1-3, the USD football team is no doubt looking to today’s (Saturday) game with Western Illinois as one the Coyotes should take.

Not that they’ll say as much.

Publicly, the Coyotes have said all the right things week in preparation for the Leathernecks (2-2, 0-2), but you would have to think they see today’s Missouri Valley showdown as a refreshing change from underdog to favorite.

When I asked USD sophomore receiver Terrance Terry this week about today being a “winnable” game, this is what he said.

I wouldn’t say that. We try not to take any game like that. We try to take every one with the thought that if we execute and play mistake-free, we can be in every game. We don’t think any one is going to be a sure win.

Examine USD’s first four games: at Montana, home vs Colgate, at Northwestern and home vs Illinois State. In three of those games, the Coyotes were not expected to win (though they led at Montana and nearly came back to beat Illinois State).

As newcomers in the Valley, USD does not figure to be favored to win many games. Which is why the string of the next two weeks is a change. The Coyotes host a Western Illinois team that has struggled mightily on offense, followed by an Oct. 20 road trip to Missouri State — the bottom feeder in the conference.

Of course, being in the Valley means USD literally has a tough test every week. No more Missouri S&Ts or Northwestern Oklahoma States or Lindenwoods.

In the words of USD senior linebacker Darius Hogans, anything can happen. Nothing is a given.

I don’t look at any game like that, especially in today’s world. Every team is prepared. We don’t look at this team any differently, you still have to go out there with the same level.

Our USD game chat is here

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