This season once again there is room for optimism. For the second straight season Coach Christensen is claiming to have better, more physically gifted athletes than a year ago. This team has more depth and more experience than last years squad, especially on defense. As for the offense, last season the Cowboys ranked near the bottom in almost every statistical category, so in reality, things cannot get worse. The Cowboy offense will thus be better, even with a freshman quarterback and a bunch of raw skill players. A bold prediction: The Cowboy offense will be better across the board in every statistical category. Year 3 of the spread teamed up with a new, proven offensive coordinator and the Cowboys are going to average 400 yards per game (the last 3 years the Cowboys put up about 300 yds per game).
Not only will the Cowboys be an improved team this season (fingers crossed), but the competition will be significantly worse. In Phil Steele’s college football preview magazine he ranked the Cowboys’ 2010 schedule as the 44th most difficult in the nation (last season 7 of the Cowboys’ 12 opponents went to bowl games and one of the teams that did not was Texas) and he perceives this years schedule to be the 85th most difficult . While ranking this year’s strength of schedule is pure speculation, the drop should benefit a team that is trying to establish itself. This season the Cowboys could very easily be 5-1 at the season’s midpoint. If talent can take them that far then confidence and optimism can be added to the mix down the stretch and Poke fans may once again pack their bags for a bowl game. A Christmas vacation to San Diego, Las Vegas or Albuquerque sounds rather nice.