The University of Northern Colorado (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) did a decent job answering questions about their abilities earlier this season under head coach Ed McCaffrey, but now lost 33 points. After that there are more questions than answers. in the state of Montana.
Will Dylan McCaffrey and crime find some more chemistry?
Offense can be one of the more frustrating aspects of a UNC team, simply because it has been able to perform well but lack consistency.
McCaffrey has proven that he can make good passes, but he has also been known to make some bad passes. The offensive line has been strong at times and others have been struggling to defend it backfield. Receivers and running backs have also shown brilliance of excellence and failed in plays.
UNC has what it takes. When the offense is on, it can act like a well-oiled machine and is easy to drive. Players say they trust each other.
Now, it comes down to routine execution, and that is yet to be seen.
Can the coaching staff get things done at once?
After the team’s performance on Saturday, there is uncertainty about the team’s preparations. This is on the coaching staff. So they are paid for their posts.
McCaffrey said Wednesday that it falls on him, as he is ultimately responsible for the program, but that things are going to get just as tough from here on out.
The Bears play one of the nation’s top teams, East Washington, at home on Saturday. Then, they travel to UC Davis, one of FCS’ top 10 programs, a week later. Montana and Weber State, historically Big Sky powerhouses, are on the slate for the end of this season.
A lot can be expected from a team that has a new coaching staff and a mostly new roster from 2019. The way things have gone, despite improving in a few areas, it is still a matter of wonder whether the team can lift itself high enough. Season.
Also, offensive coordinator Max McCaffrey’s clipboard incident at Montana State took time and diverted attention from preparations for this upcoming week. While UNC says there was no malicious intent, MSU fans disagree. It is not clear whether there was a misunderstanding that was handled poorly, but the UNC will have to leave it behind.
The coaching staff needs to be laid off to ensure the team some more wins.
Can they make it to the FCS playoffs?
Short answer, probably not. The Bears’ overall record is in a position that would make it difficult to earn an FCS playoff spot, at least based on former teams’ records.
If UNC can win, it will still have a shot, but the chances appear slim, especially after the performance at Montana State.
MSU is one of the top teams in Big Sky and the nation, and the Bears didn’t impress in either position group. The Bobcats commanded the field from start to finish.
Additionally, the remaining teams on the schedule will make it more difficult. Eastern Washington and UC Davis are ranked higher than the state of Montana, so there’s a lot of work to do to keep the beer going.
It’s possible that Northern Colorado could shock the football world and earn the playoff berth the team wants, but no one should get their hopes up at this point.
The Bears will face East Washington at 1 p.m. on Saturday to return home. Tickets are still available for the game, or fans can watch on ESPN+.