The biggest disappointments in every conference at the 2019 midseason are …
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D’Eriq King was supposed to be a fringe Heisman candidate, the Cougars were supposed to have the offensive makeup to be a factor in the opener against Oklahoma and keep up with Washington State, and Dana Holgorsen was supposed to be the upgrade of a head coach the program needed. The Cougars are 2-4, King redshirted after four games, and it’s going to take something big just to go bowling.
North Texas Mean Green
At the very least, the high-powered Mean Green were expected to explode offensively on the way to a possible Conference USA title. They can’t seem to convert on third downs, the scoring has only come against the really bad teams, and the team is just 2-4.
Army Black Knights
They’re still good, but it was easy to look at the schedule in the preseason and think there might be an honest shot at going 5-1 to start the season. The Michigan loss was acceptable, but after losing to Tulane and WKU – and with Air Force, Hawaii and Navy all away from home, this isn’t going to be a cakewalk of a season.
Northern Illinois Huskies
The defending MAC champs got former running back Thomas Hammock as their new head coach, and everything was supposed to keep on rolling. There’s a shot that they’ll be fine in the weak MAC – beating Ohio last week was a start – but the 1-4 run to kick things off was painful. Going on the road for seven times in the first ten games isn’t fair.
Fresno State Bulldogs
To be fair, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Even so, the hope for a quick turnaround in talent in Year Three under Jeff Tedford. There were late chances against USC and Minnesota, but the Bulldogs came up short. That was fine, but the blowout loss at Air Force to kick off Mountain West play – on the way to a 2-3 start – hurts.
Last year’s team started 6-1 with a win at Nebraska along the way. Head coach Neal Brown is off to West Virginia, and new head man Chip Lindsey hasn’t been able to find his groove yet, especially on defense. The two wins were against true layups – Campbell and Akron – and the D allowed 42 points or more in the three losses in the 2-3 start.