I've seen a lot of posts and comments in recent days to the effect of "best offense ever!" Let me be clear -- I am extremely excited about this offense and our players, and can't wait to see what happens in Big 10 play. But to paraphrase Winston Wolf, let's not start sucking something something just yet.
Against Connecticut, a mediocre BCS team, we scored 21 points in our first four possessions, but then were held in check (10 points) the rest of the game.
Against Notre Dame, a mediocre BCS team, we scored 21 points in the first half (with the frequent benefit of a short field due to interceptions of backup QBs), and then were shut out until the final drive of the second half. We punted 10 times.
In our next two games our offense curb-stomped an FCS and a MAC team, and looked amazing doing so.
Again, this is not to say that I'm a doubter. I'm not. I think our line is amazing. I think Dernard is made of dilithium. I think we have a deep, talented and fast wide receiver corps, something I couldn't have imagined two years ago. I think we have some talented runningbacks, and hope that one of them (Touissant?) emerges as a true top-tier back to complement Denard, and make the team even more dangerous. I believe that the last two games showed a team coming together and perfecting the offense, and are NOT just the result of poor competition.
That being said, I also remember last year, in which we were extremely excited about our offense through four games, but then we managed to score fewer points per game in Big 10 play than we had in the disastrous 2008 season. (Do the math - sad but true).
Hopefully in the next few weeks we treat Big 10 defenses like glorified Bowling Greens. Until that happens, some tempered expectations might be advisable. Pride goeth before the fall, and all that.