When you finish strong like the Dallas Cowboys did in 2018 by turning a 3-5 mid-point record into a 10-6 finish https://www.dallascowboysfanshop.com/Demarcus-Lawrence-Jersey , expectations rise. With only one must-keep free agent, money to play around with under the salary cap, and a young roster that should only get better, there is a blossoming belief that the Cowboys will only be better in 2019. The offseason is all about optimism.Perhaps we need to temper that optimism with a reality check. Our own OCC recently did an article with a historical look at teams that finish 10-6 and how they do the following season. His conclusion? It’s hard to reach double-digit wins a second season in a row and that the Cowboys better be ready to make some changes to do it. Dallas has started that process by firing Scott Linehan. We’ll see how many more changes they make along the way this offseason. Another reason to worry about reaching the heights of last season with double-digit wins and an NFC East crown is the old “winning close games” theory. In general, it says if you won an inordinate amount of close games in one season, in the next season you will regress. Here is a quick explanation of a study done before the 2018 season.You might already be guessing that Dallas won an inordinate amount of close games in 2018. If so Ibraheim Campbell Jersey , you’d be right. According to ESPN, Dallas was 8-2 in games decided by seven points or less. In an article attempting to project the Vegas line of wins for 2018 (which is 8.5 in the article), they point out the fact that the “winning close games” theory just might get Dallas in 2019.The Cowboys faced a situation like this in recent history. In 2016 they went 13-3 with a 7-2 record in close games. The following year they went 9-7. Sure, there were some extenuating circumstances that year with Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, but it does serve as an example of what can happen.There is plenty to be optimistic about with the young and talented Cowboys who seem to be on the rise, but they’ll need to work overtime to beat historical trends for 2019.College football Week 9 game times Allen Hurns Color Rush Jersey , TV channels, analysis & predictions Last week was about as insane as it gets with Purdue knocking off Ohio State and Washington State staking their claim for the PAC-12. It’s going to make for some exciting championship-caliber football games in the coming weeks. 3:30 PM ET - #9 Florida at #7 Georgia on CBS - Who will reign supreme in the SEC under the big lights of ‘College Gameday’?These two teams are both 4-1 in conference play and still in control of their own destinies despite having one loss. The Gators lost to Kentucky and the Bulldogs lost to LSU. Florida beat LSU just a few weeks ago and have a pretty opportunistic defense. Georgia will need to run the football in this game because that’s where they can maximize their potential to win. The problem is that the Bulldogs are hurting up front on the offensive line.What to expect: Georgia got outplayed by a hungry LSU team but I don’t see them losing this one. They are favored by a touchdown and expect them to win by seven in the emphatic Game of the Week!3:30 PM ET - #18 Iowa at #17 Penn State on ESPN- The Hawkeyes are much better than the Nittany Lions were hoping when this one was scheduledPenn State was supposed to be knocking on the door this season but have already lost two conference games. In walks 6-1 Iowa, whose only loss is to Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have an intimidating defense and have found a passing offense with Nate Stanley. This game may not reach the 30’s on the scoreboard and Penn State has concerns on offense. Penn State has receivers dropping passes and questionable play-calling by their coordinator. Folks are pretty confident in Iowa taking this one:What to expect: Iowa is going to win this game in the fourth quarter by six when their defense makes a huge play.7 PM ET- #14 Washington State at #24 Stanford on PAC-12 Network - All the pressure is on Mike Leach and his Cougars to keep the pedal downLast week, we picked the Cougars to outplay the Ducks and we were right in that assessment. Now, the spotlight is on Washington State, and always entertaining head coach Mike Leach https://www.dallascowboysfanshop.com/Maliek-Collins-Jersey , to win the PAC-12. The Washington Huskies are right behind them at #15 and aren’t going anywhere yet. In Stanford’s two losses, to both Notre Dame and Utah, they were decimated by an average of 20 points. Outside of those two losses, Stanford has been able to limit opponent’s scoring. The Cougars will need to keep bringing it in the red zone:What to expect: The Leach won’t fail us now, expect them to be only the second team this year to put up 40 points on the Cardinal. 8 PM ET- #6 Texas at Oklahoma State on ABC - Sam Ehlinger returns for a possible BIG-12 barnburner in StillwaterThough Texas’ return to the top of the college world has been one of the best stories, they can’t afford to sleep on anyone. Fresh off their bye week Chris Jones Jersey , Sam Ehlinger returns to the lineup which is a huge positive for the Longhorns. Last time out, Shane Buechele was thrust into the starting role in the first quarter and they barely squeaked by the Baylor Bears. Ehlinger is the running game for Texas and without him, they just weren’t the same on offense. Oklahoma State’s powerful offense can be hard to keep pace with. The Longhorns must protect Sam Ehlinger to be successful and the Cowboys pass rush are no slouches:What to expect: The Longhorns are not running away from anyone in this one but we’ll take them by four points in a Saturday shootout. Next week’s game with West Virginia will be a big decider in the BIG-12.You can find the entire slate of games here.
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