On Friday I finished The Champaign Room's season previews of each team the Illini will be playing this season -- if you missed any, catch up here -- and at the end of each post I put a poll asking if you thought the Illini would beat that team.
Well, I asked and you answered. And your answers just helped prove how low expectations are around here this season. Here's how you all voted game-by-game.
Southern Illinois Win
Miami (OH) Win
Michigan State Loss
Penn State Loss
Ohio State Loss
Tally it up and Champaign Room readers see the Illini going 4-8 this season with a 2-6 record in the Big Ten. Of course, you also see the Illini starting Big Ten play 0-4 which means our conference losing streak will have reached 18 games before the Illini knock off Indiana in Bloomington.
As for my feelings on the subject, I think 4-8 is probably about right, though I'm also optimistic about the team's chances of upsetting Michigan State. At least, I'm more optimistic about that than I am the Illini winning both road games against Indiana and Purdue.
Of course, what really matters is that two weeks from today we'll no longer be predicting what we think will happen but instead be watching it happen.