The Jaguars of the University of South Alabama are a lot like the late stand-up comedian, Rodney Dangerfield. This team “gets no respect.”
Led by Head Coach Joey Jones, now in his third year, the Jaguars, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, produced a Won-Loss record of 6-6 in 2014, winning four out of seven Conference games, as well. That record made this squad bowl eligible, but the team never received a call or an invitation.
The Coach and his players believe they are not respected. And they want to change things and improve the way college football pundits perceive them.
While they readily admit that they are a small college that plays what can only be called a “small college schedule,” this squad wins games, in some seasons lots of them.
That is worthy of respect. Determined to show the college football community that the University of South Alabama is a force to be reckoned with, the team began its 2015 Season on September 5th with a home game against Gardner-Webb University. The Jaguars won easily by a score of 33-23.
Game two, on September 12th, was played on the road at the University of Nebraska. The visiting Jaguars were outmanned by the tough and rugged Big Ten team. The Cornhuskers rolled over South Alabama University, beating them by a score of 48-9.
There are five home games remaining on the schedule for the University of South Alabama. The squad from the Deep South will host North Carolina State University on September 26th, Arkansas State University on October 13th, the University of Idaho on November 7th, Louisiana-Lafayette University on November 12th and Appalachian State University on December 5th.
Of course, the Jaguars still have several road games that need to be played. The first of them is taking place today, September 19th, at San Diego State University. In the weeks that follow, South Alabama University will travel to the University of Troy on October 3rd, Texas State University on October 24th, Georgia State University on November 21st and Georgia Southern University on November 28th.
It appears that each of these games will be competitive. The Trojans have the ability to win many of them, but they can just as easily lose some or all of the games. As is always the case in college football, it will take rock-solid performances from all of the team’s players, good game plans and probably “a little bit of luck.”
If the stars align properly for the Jaguars, the University of South Alabama may finally get what it wants most – respect for the football program and for the players that implement it.
Courtesy of AL.com