2. Does this matter for Charlie Strong?
It doesn’t help.
Strong is fighting a few battles. First, he set the expectations high with a 10-2 first season at USF and a 17-2 start overall. That’s where the program should be when it comes to rolling through the mediocre schedules it played over the last few seasons.
Second, there’s the tackling concern. The problem at Texas came on the defensive side with a group that couldn’t get guys to the ground. The loss to Marshall like this didn’t help that.
And finally, there’s that UCF thing going on up the road. The fan base wants to have the fun the UCFers are enjoying. They want to troll the world with national championship rhetoric. They want the fun offense, the excitement, and the winning streak.
Losing 38-20 by getting beaten up and by a more physical team to finish with six straight losses isn’t going to fly.
He’s fine – of course he’s not getting fired. But the margin for error next season is thin.