First I said lets pretend we all are actually hoping Lovie is going to do a turnaround in the last 6 games of the season. I don't think he will, nor do most on here. Don't tell me losing to Wisconsin while looking like an actual B1G team by 11 is not progress from the ish show they put on at Minnesota. It is. Year 1 year 3 year 8 does not matter in the context of my question.Losing is not progress. Moral victories in year 4 of your tenure is not progress. There is no score that involves losing that anyone should consider progress.
The bar for success at Illinois is low enough. Lowering to "Well we only lost by 11" in the 4th year of Lovie Smith is crazy.
It is not a crazy, It is a simple question that if we lived in a universe where Lovie Smith and the D staff all of a sudden turned into good college coaches, what is the worse score they could lay yet still have a twinge of hope?
Wisconsin is head and shoulders above us and anyone we have played so far. But if we lost by 1 in quadruple OT still doesn't make you tilt your head just a little, so be it. It's your opinion.