10 Things I Learned From Indiana

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What in the world just happened? Seriously? Were we really up 30-0 at the half? Against a Big Ten team? Seriously? We won 47-7? Are you sure?

I have to say that a day later, as I write this column, my reactions to the game still are pretty scattered. So expect the “random thoughts” at the end to be a bit longer than usual, as there is plenty on my mind at the moment.

Virginia’s play has improved a lot during the two-game winning streak.

1. A Sunny Perspective. The game is winding down and a friend says to me, “You know, we really should be a 4-1 team.” I suspect because I gave him an odd look, he continued, leading to the following back-and-forth:

“Do you think we would have had better results if we had not played merry-go-round with the quarterbacks to start the season?”

“Yes.”

“If we played William & Mary again, do you think we would win?”

“Yes.”

“Were we up big on Southern Miss?”

“Yes.”

“Do you think we should have beaten Southern Miss?”

“Probably.”

“So there you go. 4-1.”

So do I buy that logic? No. Personally, I am more from the same camp Al Groh calls his own, the one that says that you are what your record says you are. That makes us a 2-3 team. And some of the decisions that led to the 2-3 record – such as the decision regarding how to handle the quarterbacks – were completely within the control of the staff and so have to be part of what “this team” is.

But I will tell you what else our record that makes us. That makes us a team on a two-game winning streak, 1-0 in the conference, and coming off an absolute behind-the-woodshed beating of a Big Ten team that was far from a pushover, a team that started 3-0, that gave Michigan all they could handle, and that played Ohio State a heck of a lot closer than they played us. That is what the locker room has to remember, and it will.

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