The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the Illinois Fighting Illini’s Week One match-up with the Southern Illinois Salukis. This weekend will be Illini Nation’s first look at the Bill Cubit offense. Writing Illini gives their opinions about what to expect from Bill Cubit’s offense against SIU this weekend.
Ricky: This weekend will be a really good chance for the fans of the Fighting Illini to get a look at what kind of an offense they will see this season from their team. SIU isn’t the biggest powerhouse in the NCAA and should be a fairly nice opponent for Illinois. The only question I ask is how many quarterbacks will we see from Bill Cubit in Week One? This week, Cubit mentioned how the team would not redshirt quarterback Aaron Bailey because Bailey can “help Illinois win now.” I wouldn’t be surprised if Cubit uses both Scheehaase and Bailey against SIU.
Ryan: In short, I think Illini fans can expect an offensive explosion. A quick look at the recap of the Salukis final public scrimmage shows that their defense is not very good to say the least. With the first team offensive line missing both starting tackles, the Saluki offense managed to rip off two separate 99-yard drives with each one culminating in a touchdown.
I expect the Illini offense to hit a lot of quick passes, and I expect the running game to have a huge day as well. Anything less than 42 points against the porous Saluki defense should be viewed as a letdown.
Austin: With the Cubit offense implementation beginning on Saturday, I expect two things: an improved passing game and more points on the board. Cubit is a great offensive coordinator, and his teams are known for putting up good numbers and being successful on the offensive side of the ball. That being said, everyone knows that there will be a learning curve, but there is no reason to think that this team will not put up points in their week 1 matchup against SIU from the Missouri Valley Conference. I expect 450-500 yards on offense and 5 TD’s….maybe overshooting, but I think it is a definite possibility.
Rees: We can expect something more than what we have seen in the past decade. This does not say a lot though, considering what we have had to deal with. Hopefully we can see Donovonn Young get off on the right foot and carry that momentum forward. Cubit as a coach is not a dramatic change to the offense. There has only been two seasons that Western Michigan was among the top 3 scoring offenses in the MAC.
What do you think, Illini Nation? What can we expect from the Bill Cubit offense in Week One against Southern Illinois?
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with staff writers, Austin Jabs, Rees Woodcock, and Ryan Kraemer.
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