2021 FCS Season Preview: Cal Poly Mustangs

There is no way to sugarcoat just how awful the Mustangs performed in Spring. While every single team in the nation had a weird season there are few sympathies allowed for Beau Baldwin who is a proven program builder. A new coach, new quarterback, and new offense were simply too much for Cal Poly to comprehend last season and the deficits may be too much to overcome this season.

Schedule

Cal Poly SLO

Alex G. Spanos Stadium – Capacity 11,075. Via Cal Poly Edu.

Key Players

Spencer Brasch – QB – 6’4″ 200 lbs. – RS-SO – University of Cal Transfer

Brasch was originally recruited to Cal by now Cal Poly Coach Beau Baldwin. While he has limited playing time at the Division I level he will help Coach Baldwin transition the Mustangs to a Spread offense. Brasch will have to compete with RS-Junior Conor Bruce, but Baldwin likely wants to make a strict transition to an improved offense after a horrible spring performance.

Brandon Davis – DB – 6’0″ 195 lbs. – RS-SR

Davis is a scrappy corner that knows how to find himself in the right place and the right time. In spring, Davis tallied 14 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, and 1 INT for 55 yards and a touchdown. As a redshirt senior this will be Davis last time to shine for the Mustangs as Cal Poly will desperately need a defensive leader to help keep morale through the growing pains.

Cal Poly coach Beau Baldwin brings a distinct Eastern Washington flavor in his return to Roos Field | Eastern Washington University | nbcrightnow.com
HC Beau Baldwin. Cal Poly 0-3, Overall 95-38. Photo via NBC.

Predicted Finish

Last. Looking at the schedule, Fresno State, San Diego, Montana, Weber State, Montana State, and UC Davis in the first seven weeks is a brutal way to start off the season. The last three weeks of the season include offenses that can be punishing with big plays and overtly athletic skills players. The most winnable games on the Mustangs schedule are hosting a scrappy University of South Dakota team and traveling to Portland State’s Hillsboro “Stadium”,

Records
Best: 2-9
Worst: 0-11
Predicted: 0-11

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