In the immortal words of the certifiably insane Lee Corso, “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!” What looked like a much more complete victory last Saturday than anything we have seen this season needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Illinois is ostensibly a better team on paper than they were last season, and we beat them by more than we did last season, but that doesn’t mean we are better than last season or even that we are getting better this season. While I do think we are getting better and have shown some improvement in that Illinois victory, expectations need to remain tempered. Illinois may be the worst team we’ve played thus far and it is still pre-season play. In a few weeks we’ll have a better sense of how meaningful our resounding defeat of Illinois was, whether that was a glimpse of future results to come or if that was a one-off in an otherwise mediocre-at-best season.
That being said, to those who were despairing earlier, those without level-heads, you knee-jerking buffoons, I told you so. Things are never as bad or as good as they seem. Just let it play out and this team continue to develop. Anything short of 4-0 is a bad start, but at this point the ends justify the means since the ONLY thing that matters is winning. The fact that we are winning the right way, with undisciplined players warming the bench just makes it sweeter.
Things still look fine. We have a functional qb and two serviceable running backs. Our DL looks to be a strength and if the rest of the units can just be solid we should be on pace to win more games this year than Sark ever managed to. At this point we need to just let it play out. The season is young and there is promise. Up next - Georgia State, where we'll learn a whole lot of nothing... unless we lose.