The Anti-Preview is in a rush. In fact, it is in as much of a rush as this season has gotten itself into. This season has already got out of hand according to many fans. Tommy Rees sucks and the defense is now a charitable organization that just gives yards and points away like a local soup kitchen gives away, well... soup.
Mark me down in the "other" category. The Irish have not looked great, but they certainly still look like they have all the potential to make 2013 a great season. I'm not cashing in, and I'm not fast-forwarding to next season- but I am in a rush to see the next game.
Can this team improve as its competition stiffens? In a lot of ways, the improvement can be seen merely by execution of fundamentals. The defense needs to take better pursuit angles, they need to breakdown and wrap up the ball carrier, and generally play better assignment football (which also falls in Diaco's lap). The offense has got to get off to a better start and establish themselves physically along the line of scrimmage. Above ALL, this team has to, has to, has to, has to be mentally and emotionally ready for this annual game of brawn. That "fire" has to be there.
That shouldn't be too hard to ask as the Irish welcome Sparty to the Bend.