Illinois 42, Akron 3 POSTGAME

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New York City, N.Y. City
We crushed a mediocre MAC team. Big deal, I mean that’s what’a supposed to happen, right? But in 2017 we struggled our way to a narrow, too-close win against 2-10 Ball State. In 2018 we struggled our way to a narrow, too-close win against 2-10 Kent State. And I’d say both those games were ominous harbingers of what was to come later those seasons. So I’ll take this crushing and feel good for a week.
 
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I think we looked ok on offense. Defense looked much better. Be much more competitive team. I think we break through and make it to a bowl. Nebraska looks weak
 
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We crushed a mediocre MAC team. Big deal, I mean that’s what’a supposed to happen, right? But in 2017 we struggled our way to a narrow, too-close win against 2-10 Ball State. In 2018 we struggled our way to a narrow, too-close win against 2-10 Kent State. And I’d say both those games were ominous harbingers of what was to come later those seasons. So I’ll take this crushing and feel good for a week.
Sixty percent passing completion rate with three TDs and no turnovers. If that becomes a pattern, we'll go bowling.

Given how infrequent we've had the chance to take a week to feel good about the team, I think you're making a good choice. And I'm hopeful the opportunities grow more frequent.
 
#13
Cincinnati, OH
This was a great step forward. Complete beatdown of a bad MAC team. Now go out and comfortably defeat UCONN and it'll be much easier to believe in a six win campaign.
 
#14
Hard to take a lot from this one, as Akron is pretty bad. That said, dialing up pressure on defense is good to see.

Think we will be 3-0 heading into the husker game, and they certainly looked bearable. Their offense was really anemic today.
 
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#15
Minneapolis...Near PJ Fleck's Rowboat Emporium
I am glad the program took care of business in both style and substance just like they should have. I am intrigued to see where things stand by the Michigan game, but as far as I can tell it looks like the team is more athletic, better prepared, more talented, and more competent at key spots.

The secondary depth and OL depth are concerning, but I am certainly excited to see what Betiku and Eifler can do in conference play.
 
#16
OFL Supplier, BU's Brylcreem
Virginia
Only concern - other than the injuries - is the space their receivers had to catch balls. We could have blitzed more, but perhaps Lovie wanted to see what his D line could do on their own to cause pressure. They eventually did.
 
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Was good to see the beloved dominate against a team that we should. Lovie+Rod didn’t show much. We’re Still the best kept secret in college football! IW will have his time, Matt Robinson looked like the Akron qb
 
#24
Minneapolis...Near PJ Fleck's Rowboat Emporium
Peters has a habit of overthrowing into the endzone, but he'll be able to correct that. IW didn't play because I think they're slow-playing a recovery.

Feel so bad for Epstein.
Having a guy like Josh Imatorbhebhe and his ability to "post up" smaller guys will help Peters on some of the overthrows. Ditto for (next year) Luke Ford.

But I agree, some of his red zone throws were problematic.