Illinois won our first game of the Tim Beckman era yesterday. We didn't crush Western Michigan, but in the land of Illinois football, a win is a win. MAC teams are vastly underrated, by the way. Just ask Penn State, who lost their home opener to Ohio.
I like a lot of what Beckman has done.We tried to feast on the mass team defections from Penn State, even sending a team of coaches to their campus. Many poo pooed this move but as it turns out, we didn't talk to any recruits that didn't call us first. Even that said, I think it is FANTASTIC that we tried to scoop some of those guys out of there. College sports is about winning, and only winning. We also just poached an offensive lineman from Nebraska which is great. He will have to sit out a year but will contribute next year. We haven't won anything yet, but Beckman is doing all the right things trying to get the local high schools and community involved in the Illini Nation theme.
But lets get real. I watched a lot of the Michigan Alabama game last night. Michigan ranked 8 in the country, Alabama ranked 2. Haha, I don't think so.
Alabama came out and absolutely crushed Michigan from the opening whistle to the closing one. It wasn't even close. The difference between an elite SEC team and and elite Big Ten team is stark, and was out there for everybody to see on national TV last night, as plain as day. Their technique is better, they are faster, more fierce, and more athletic.
College football is the SEC and everybody else. In fact, I will go a bit further and take it another step. The rankings should as of now be:
1-7 in no particular order:
You can sort the rest of the national rankings any way you want. You can even take a team like Vanderbilt, toss them into the Big Ten and they would finish in the upper eschelons every year.
So I will take the Illinois win, but at least I know how to keep these things in perspective. College football is the SEC, and everybody else until further notice.