"Second seasons are like this," -John Beilein, while making a roller-coaster motion during the Duke post-game presser.
He warned the fans that there will be times when everything clicks, and runs smoothly, and looks like a team full of veterans. But he also warned that there will be times when the team showed its youth.
He said this before disasters like:
* Home collapse v. Wisconsin early in B10 season.
* Spotting worst-team-in-the-history-of-IU 20 in the first half.
* Spotting worst-team-in-the-history-of-ever Savannah State 20 in the first half.
* Collapsing down the stretch against a bad Iowa team, and losing in OT [with our best player benched for making poor decisions (which, in hindsight, what a great decision we played awesome in the following weeks. Does not everything Beilein touches turn to gold?)].
My point is simply, be wary of statements like "IU, PU, DSU, and EMU are in the bag." I don't see us losing any of those, but I do doubt that we play all of our games at the same level we played this past Saturday. I think probably some of those games will be uggg-lyyy.
Like Beilein with hoops, we are incredibly lucky to have such a good football coach and I have no doubt we are going in the right direction. But I believe our football team is exactly one year behind our bball team: look for us to be a fringe top 25 team and go to a respectable bowl, and make an exciting game in our post-season.
And, like the basketball team, look for us to be a pre-season top 10/legit contender the following year.