« on: January 24, 2017, 12:23:07 pm »
I think it's a great time for teams to schedule UWW. Although their record the last two seasons is really impressive, the difference of late seems to be that there isn't a dominant aspect to the team. In 2009 UWW had both a great offense and defense (maybe their best team of the era)- IWU simply ran into a buzz saw that year. All the other Stagg teams had at least a dominant side of the ball.
A coach looking to get his players confidence from playing "one of the big boys" might be wise scheduling UWW now.
I like this. I think the same way. If you are a second tier team you can schedule UWW now and know you are still playing an elite team, but you might not be scheduling a buzz saw the way you were a few years ago. I think it's small degrees of difference, and in any given year there is a big probability you get buzz sawed again by a national Championship caliber UWW, but it's not the same probability it was before. That being said, it's not going to matter to a team like TCNJ, who wasn't a tier 2 team, but that cuspy championship type team from those top 5 conferences? Yeah, there's something to learn, some kind of a chance to take a big scalp, and a chance to at least build confidence you can play at that level.
Don't ask me to quantify those options however, we are still talking about one of the few perennial contenders.