Outside pressure can cause inconsistency, losses

There is more pressure on teams today than at any other point in college football history. A positive attitude and a good relationship between coach and player can go along way toward combating negativity, writes Bill Curry.

Updated: November 2, 2006, 12:23 PM ET
By Bill Curry | Special to ESPN.com

"How could a USC team that destroyed Arkansas in Little Rock lose to Oregon State?" ask the experts. "Why on earth would a team that won the SEC championship a year ago get beat by Vanderbilt?" howl the Georgia Dawgs. "Did a Yellow Jacket team that manhandled Virginia Tech in Blacksburg really get run over by Clemson?" "Yes indeed," shout the Chan Gailey critics.

Those questions are raised in anger. If the pattern continues, the anger turns to rage and things get ugly.

If you think ...

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