2012 was a bad year for the College of Wooster tackle football team. The Fighting Scots bottomed out at 2-8, steadily declining each year since an 8-2 record in 2008. After hiring a new coach, they rebounded in 2013 at 7-3.
The first half of 2012 wasn’t actually that bad, despite starting off 1-4. They lost those four games by a total of 24 points. In Week 6 they bounced back and beat up Hiram 45-14, but then the finished on a down note, losing their last four games by a combined 69 points.
The 7-3 record last year actually hides the fact they weren’t as good as they were in previous winning seasons. Their overall point differential (Points Scored – Points Allowed) was actually negative. Since 1999, Wooster has had an impressive 10 winning seasons, and 2013 is the only one in which they gave up more points than they scored.
They were crushed in their three losses in 2013 by an average of 34 points, while winning by an average of 12. They got lucky in two of their last three games (all victories), beating Kenyon by 10, while outlasting DePauw and Ohio Wesleyan by three and one points, respectively.
The 2014 season, which starts this Saturday at Washington & Jefferson College in southwestern Pennsylvania, will be a big year for Wooster. Will the Scots be able to build on a surprisingly successful year, or will they fall back to earth some? They face a tough test in week one. The Presidents – yes, W&J’s mascot is the Presidents – smacked Wooster 58-21 last year, and CoW hasn’t won a season opener since 2008.