Season openers are always a major chess match with adjustments made on the fly

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There is always great anticipation in the week of the season opener. It’s always one of the most unpredictable games of the season as well.

Taking your game from training camp to game day is tricky. There are so many variables. The most obvious one is gauging how first-year players will perform before a crowd.

Equally daunting, according to Coach Paul Rhoads, is preparing for the opponent.

“You’ll spend game week and a decent part of last week preparing for this team,” Rhoads said, “and if it all changes you get on the field you are scrambling.”

Rhoads and staff have prepared for Tulsa largely with the aid of film from last season.

”But, you don’t know the wrinkles they’ve put in, so everything is potentially a sideline adjustment,” Rhoads explained, knowing full well his club has made alterations during the off-season as well.

Making adjustments is the real chess match between staffs, especially in a season opener.

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