There’s no reason beating around the bush this week. The Illini played against a very poor Miami(OH) RedHawks team on Saturday at Memorial Stadium and came away with a 50-14 win.
So, aside from Illinois finishing the non-conference portion of their schedule a surprising 3-1, what can we take away from this contest going forward?
1. This team is capable of taking care of business.
The Illini came in to this game a 25 point favorite over the visiting RedHawks, but there is a segment of the fanbase that lives by a simple creed: We are Illinois Football, and we are not to be trusted.
I don’t count myself among that segment, primarily because each season is different and so are the players that make up each team. On Saturday, this team proved that they aren’t like past Illinois teams who may have played down to their level of competition.
Sure, some may point back to the SIU game and question whether or not yesterday was an aberration, but since that game against the Salukis we have also seen SIU hang with EIU in a 2OT Thriller. Yes, the same EIU who nearly toppled a tough NIU team that’s looking to bust up the BCS party once again this season.
So, for now, I feel fairly secure in saying that this Illinois team is a different breed, and it’s more than ok to expect them to soundly win a game in which they are favored so heavily.