Hard to get excited when a) you win 3 games the previous season and b) you have a fanbase looking ahead to watching the #1 hoops team in the nation tip off in November
If Dawkins even had an average arm, he'd be a Top-10 QB in the country. Dude runs about as well as Lamar Jackson. I think Khalil Tate is better than Dawkins, but doesn't know the offense as well. I think in due time, Tate will be the starter.
The magic number is six. Six wins saves RichRod's job. Five opens the discussion. Four or less he's guaranteed to be gone. I think we go 3-0 in OOC play, so it's up to RR to find three more in conference play. Oregon State is terrible, and we play them at home. Utah at home is winnable. I'm not sold on Colorado having the same sustained success it had last season. ASU is almost as bad as Oregon State, but that's the rivalry game, so anything's possible.
I will disagree with you on the inherited recruits part. Stoops left this program in shambles. He all but stopped recruiting after 2009; and the level of talent that RichRod inherited, with the exception of a couple of guys, was junk. In 2014, the Fiesta Bowl year, the primary contributors were guys like Anu, Wilson, Scooby, Jones, Parks, Grant, and Phillips; all guys RichRod brought in. His failure has been not capitalizing on 2014 and bringing in more talented guys. Also, why did it take until this season to find a recruiter with Texas ties?
In any event, I hope RichRod can turn it around. I think he's a great coach and the best we've had since Tomey. If he can't find a way to get to six, then this program needs new blood.