The staff of Writing Illini takes a look back in time to Illinois’ last game against the Washington Huskies. The guys discuss whether or not the Huskies just played extremely well or if they showed Miami (OH) and the Big Ten how to beat the Bill Cubit offense. Has the Cubit offense been exposed?
Ryan: I don’t believe Washington showed the B1G how to beat Bill Cubit’s Offense so much as they showed them the talent that they possessed on defense, and what happens when their opposition doesn’t cash in for touchdowns when they have the opportunity.
Make no mistake, Washington is a solid PAC-12 North squad that is going to challenge for no worse than a 3rd place finish in their conference when all is said and done. When Illinois goes up against a team that is as talented as Washington, they can’t afford to let opportunities pass them by, and most everyone would agree that Illinois left at least 14 points off the board. Make those plays, and suddenly we aren’t even having this discussion.
Ricky: I don’t know if Washington showed how to expose the Bill Cubit offense, but they might have shown how to get to Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase.
It’s no doubt that the Illini missed some key opportunities, especially on offense. It took Scheelhaase and the Illini offense an entire half to get things going and they were only in the game because of their defense. Yes, the Huskies are a good team with a great defense. However, I think it was the nerves of playing at Soldier Field that got the Illini rather than the Huskies exposing the Bill Cubit offense.
Austin: I know it is always annoying when people say that their team did more to lose a game that the winners did to win a game. However, after watching the Illini game a second time, one thing stood out to me. The Illini missed a lot of tackles and make some questionable decisions in their coverage. I believe had the Illini wrapped up their guys more consistently, the outcome may have been a little different. The Huskies defense got pressure to Scheelhaase all game long, and the Illini had trouble making in game adjustments to combat that fact.
If a team were to look at the schemes and styles the Huskies threw at Illinois, they could get some pointers to help a victory, sure. After the second half, though, Cubit made some good changes offensively, telling me that Illinois has ways to adjust their play when needed. I don’t think that anyone can really follow up a way to beat this team, especially with Cubit at the helm of the offense, primarily because I think changes will be made to fix that which is wrong.
Rees: Washington has been running through ever opponent this year. What this loss did for Illinois is show them what they need to correct. It helps to have a team like Miami(OH) so they can test what they have been practicing on over the last two weeks.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Did Washington expose the Bill Cubit offense and show Big Ten teams how to beat the Illini offense?
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with staff writers, Austin Jabs, and Ryan Kraemer.
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