If we can go 2-3 on the front half I am amazed. It is rough and the inflection point being the USC game. Gottlieb will be early in her tenure and is a really good coach..but the team was lacking in talent.
In the second half we should go at least 5-1 (6-0 really but URI with Tammi and Nae concern me as they will want to kick UVA ass). Richmond is a trap game also (Aaron can coach as well and just look to Bucknell). The rest of the schedule, outside of a GW dead cat new coach bounce, is softer than extra soft Charmin. And that is a credit to the staff (as OP said) to get the memo.
That being said, I did have one contact in the ACC tell me he wouldn't be shocked to see only wins as Fullerton, W&M, and Texas Southern. So at least the bar is low in some peoples eyes?