How long have we been hypothesizing, analyzing, and predicting how things would be at the end of five games? A long time...since close to the end of last season sounds reasonable, as we anticipated who we'd lose and who would be left behind. Then the incoming recruiting class, and impact they would have on the '10 team. The spring game altered our perceptions again, the biggest change being that Denard truly had a chance at starting...and then it was on. So how wrong were we? Who out there anticipated just how potent this offense would be? Did anyone seriously consider Denard a heisman trophy candidate, let alone the favorite at this time? For the most part, we got the defense right, although from the moaning and wailing, you'd think it's results were be totally unexpected.
So now I believe it's time to re-evaluate our expectations, now that the beginning of the season has come to a close, and we know something more of ourselves and our opponents. My biggest question is can the defense get better? The guys practice during the week; is it reasonable to expect it to become a good unit by the time the OSU game rolls around, or just marginal improvement? If the defense performs with marginal improvement, I expect 3 - 4 losses as a reasonable expectation, a caveat being that Denard stays healthy. Without Denard, I think we're a solid 4 loss team, possibly more. If the defense gets markedly improved, I can see us....well, I can see us doing REAL well.
So what kind of improvement can we expect to see from the defense from this point of the season onward?