The obvious point has been made multiple times that we have a less-experienced offense, (compared to the rest of the nation) that is in the process of learning a new system, with the wrong personnel, and that for these reasons we are struggling.
I am behind our program and its coaches and have been impressed with several facets of their short tenure, and somewhat disappointed in others.
However, even in patiently waiting for our expected ascent to the top of the college football ranks to occur, I have been searching for a "yardstick" to measure reasonable progress by.
I propose looking at Texas A&M: New head coach (with a new offensive scheme), new DC, sophomore QB who played very sparingly last year (replacing a returning senior who is "ill-fitted" to the new system), only 2 part-time starters back on O-line, WRs all less than 19 catches last year; the only advantage is experienced RBs (which you could argue we had if not for injury)
This year they are 4-7 (2-5 conf) with their remaining game against their hated rival Texas, who should trounce them. Wins are against 2 weak out-of-conf and 2 lesser conf foes.
Recruiting-wize they are not as a "power" like UM, but doing decently.
Is it fair to say that if we fall behind their progress in the next year or two that we should have serious questions?