it's taboo for players and coaches to dwell on excuses but we've no lack of them to discuss as fans. Here's my list:

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By escargray on 09:41:55 01/13/21

covid casualties
half as much game experience during the season as opponent
lost 1st string running back first play
played with an injured qb

That's a pretty unusual and impressive list.
I'm sure there are other more conventional factors.
And it doesn't mean we'd have won otherwise.
I'm just saying, for recruiting and prestige and wounded pride purposes, it saves us face somewhat.

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