I had to be in St. Louis this morning for work, so I was driving home during the game. Thanks to the fact that there are no IUFB radio affiliates in the state of Illinois on I-70, so I wasn’t able to pick up the radio feed until I got within range of 1070 AM Indianapolis, which was right at the start of the 3rd quarter. Not only was I unable to watch any of this game, I was only about to listen to 1/2 of the game on the radio.
In my mind, there are two things for us to discuss, the injury to Tre Roberson and the win. Let’s stat with the win.
Much like last week, we are still in a position where we should enjoy every win that we get from IUFB, even if it is against a team that just joined D1. So while I am very happy with this result, I am not sure if this proves anything about our team yet. Anyone who is now looking at the B1G and thinking that we might be able to make some noise is getting way ahead of themselves. We are in a great position to start the season 3-0, but next week will be a good test against a team that is much closer to our level than UMass. This week, we were supposed to win and we did. That’s good. And that’s all it is.
As for Tre’s injury, as mentioned above, I did not see what happened, but do know the he broke his leg and is now out for the season. While this is not what I would have wanted to happen, I also do not believe that it is as big a loss as some might think. So far, we don’t have enough evidence to say how much better Tre Roberson is than last year. (Although his stats before the injury were impressive. Certainly seemed he was improving)
He did come into this season as QB #1, but I don’t believe that means anything. Remember that last year, Coach Kevin Wilson had Tre at #3 in the depth chart and played a few games with Dusty Kiel before we went with Tre. That tells me that while it is easy to say Sam Bradford is my starter while at Oklahoma, Wilson has not impressed me with his judgement of quarterbacks thus far at IU.
Last year, it turned out that our #3 QB at the start of our season was the the best QB we had. Why couldn’t it be possible that our #2 QB (Cameron Coffman) was our best QB coming into this season, but Wilson had pre-season QB evaluation a bit off, again.
Crazy as it sounds, next week is a very important game for the momentum of this program. I believe this is the most important game since we played Michigan in 2010. If we beat Ball State next week, we will start 3-0 and be guaranteed to be a .500 or above team until October 20th. Since we lost to Ball State last year, it would also show some tangible improvement over last season.
Yet, if we lose, we could very quickly be a 2-4 team going into a game against Navy and staring down another winless B1G season. People will write off our wins as coming against a D2 school and a first year D1 program.
So yes, it is crazy, but next Saturday is the first big game of the Wilson era. Every other time in the last few decades of IUFB, when we have had these types of “fork in the road” games, we find a way to lose, like always picking the choice option in your Choose Your Own Adventure book where you die 10 pages into the book.
I’m hoping that this time, we choose to read more!
Current Record – 2-0 (0-0)
TJH Projected Final Record – 3-9 (1-7)
Enough from me. What are your thoughts?