Don’t get me wrong, this was an absolutely ugly loss that I don’t want to remember. I was going to be sad with a loss by a few points but wouldn’t be surprised.
I was genuinely surprised by a blowout loss, though.
Illinois is a much better team than a 24-point loss to the Western Michigan Broncos.
Even with an embarrassing loss, I don’t think the momentum of the Lovie hiring is gone. I still think fans should be excited about the future of the program.
What Lovie is doing here in Champaign is a lot bigger than one game against a MAC program that didn’t go our way.
Lovie doesn’t have his personnel on the team. He is playing with a combination of Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit players.
I can’t wait until 2017 and beyond when Lovie starts to get his players in the program that fits his system. This is going to make worlds difference.
But, the one concern I do have is the players that Lovie is recruiting seeing a loss to the Broncos by 24-points. That can’t look good to a recruit, despite it actually solidifying the reason the Illini need those players.
So, while this loss was ugly and terrible, don’t give up Illinois fans. This is only the beginning of the Lovie Smith era.