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The favorable matchup caveat notwithstanding, that was an excellent win. The spectrum of Tom Herman coaching performances has a Mo Bamba wingspan but that was up there with his best efforts. The interesting thing with Herman is the bowl prep is counter to the team’s week in, week out intensity during the season-long grind. I wonder if there’s anything to learn from that, anything at all.
Rather than come out slow and uncoordinated, they came out fast and well choreographed. They may not have converted big points early but they were in full control of the contest as they dictated from start to finish.
It’s going to be incumbent on Tom to figure out why his teams are so Jekyll and Hyde. Coordination plays a part in it but it isn’t everything. There are mental roadblocks that rear its head in-season that seem to dissipate as Herman takes his foot off the gas during bowl prep.
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