What happened on Tuesday could be the turning point of the season, or it could be just another development in the learning process.
Matt Rhule spent the first half of his press conference on a rant about the seniors and their accomplishments, then said he gathered the group away from the rest of the team and put it on their shoulders to deliver the kind of leadership that beat an SEC team last and Penn State this year.
We shall see.
The Owls’ problems really stemmed the past two weeks from not getting enough pressure on the quarterback and fixing the problem might have to do more with a defensive scheme than an impassioned plea. Much was said about the Owls getting a sack on a three-man rush against Penn State, but much was forgotten about many of those other nine sacks being the result of seven- and eight-man rushes.
When it comes to the defensive side of the ball, the Owls seem to get in trouble when they sit back and react rather than create havoc.
So creating havoc will be the key on Saturday almost as much as senior leadership.