Bye week discussion. When I forced myself to put a number to it, the number was higher than I thought...
On a scale from 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with The Dawgs in 2008?
I'm going to say 8, though the bottom drops out of that if we lose to tech in 2 weeks.
Ten, for me, would have been a National Title, though in years past that high achievement wasn't necessary for my ultimate satisfaction. Nine would have been qualifying for and/or winning the SEC Title Game.
We've definitely disappointed this year with poor defensive and special teams play. The loss of fire and death-dealing on the defense is of particular concern, because I don't understand it. But this was a young, injury-riddled team, and our expectations were too high.
Plus, Alabama and Florida are freaking good. I'd prefer not to have been embarrassed by them, but in my heart I can't go lower than 8.
UPDATE: Westerdawg says 7.5, which I toyed with myself. And he notes how badly Michigan's season has gone, which I can relate to.
I've got several friends who went to Virginia Tech, and they can't manage to challenge for an ACC Title, so it's all relative.
But this is supposed to be our time, these years. And I want "our time" to be everything it can. Right now, it's not. But, if we beat tech, I'll consider myself generally satisfied by the season of 2008.