Wally did a halfway report in the NCAC board and I thought it was insightful so I put together some thoughts on the CCIW halfway through:
IWU - D+. You hit the reason right on the head -- their QB issues aside, the Albion and Simpson results were well below what I think was expected of the Titans this year.
Thank goodness you weren't one of my teachers. Beating a team whose only other loss is at #13 Stevens Point by 11 is well below what was expected? I don't know what you thought IWU would be at the outset of the season, but I was thinking it would be a major rebuilding year for a team who lost by 34 in round 1 of the playoffs, lost 30+ seniors and was starting a freshman QB.
To me, so far, the Carthage loss is the big disappointment. I put that one on the defense as much or moreso than the offense. They needed to step up and completely shut down a team but didn't. The Simpson loss? Doesn't look great now, but again, I think most realistic Titan fans thought this was going to be a rebuilding season coming in and going on the road to play a mid-tier IIAC team was going to be a challenge.
I snuck a look at USee's grade book for IWU's 5 games so far to see exactly how each game was graded:
Franklin--82 (B-)---> Only a 7 point win, but against a team well regarded in the pre-season.
Albion----70 (C)----> Another slim 7 point win against a very average team.
Simpson-42 (F)----> Playing WITH the starting QB, an unexpected loss to another average team.
Carthage-54 (F+)--> Another unexpected loss, but a few more points for playing WITHOUT the starting QB.
Millikan---92 (A-)--> A dominant win while playing with a NEW QB.
That's a total of 340 points. Divided by 5 is 68 which is equivalent to USee's D+