Actually, we probably have more raw talent on our teams than most of the B1G teams we play. I just get frustrated knowing if the coaches and players would play to their ability they could beat the IA and MSU of the B1G! It is disappointing knowing that we should play better but some how we do not capitalize on our skills. IMO we are a better team than IA and probably are on the same level of MSU. I like what Mattison is doing on defense, and I think the D played well enough to allow us to win. The offense is frustrating since we have skill players for some reason they do not mesh well enough to get the results necessary to win.
I will not give a final grade to the current coaching staff until the final game of the season. But from what I see now we will probably lose our last 4 games and finish at a disappointing 7-5. I was hoping for 8-4 which may still be possible but I think B1G teams know how to play the spread, so I think there is a good chance we will loose the remainder of our games. I'm still hoping that Hoke can pull out a win against OSU at home, and if he does a it will be a successful 8-4 season breaking a big losing streak against OSU. However, if we finish with 4 strait losses I will be quite disappointed in Hoke's first season.
Next season we will be lucky to finish 7-5. We'll have to play Alabama in Dallas and ND in SB, these could be two non-conferences losses. I expect we'll be a better team but maybe not so much better. I'm still be worried about losing at home to MSU and on the road to OSU next year. Though we should beat some of the middle B1G teams but we may have a worse W-L record. I think 2013 will be a break out season...but I'm still worried about finding a top RB to take over what will be a true pro set and how well will Gardner play?
Secretly I was hoping Hoke would have a first season similar to Bo but now I know this dream is fading, and we will end up in some lower terr bowl game. I felt like we got a true groin punch from today's loss. But Hoke still has 4 games to prove himself, so I will pass judgement until the end of the season.
I will always root for our team and I love watching our team and kids playing their hearts out, no matter their record. I will always root for them.