I think we should stop using the short week as an excuse. Meyer said he would not use it as a excuse, we should follow suit. Virginia Tech, also, had a short week and they played well. I know they did not have to travel home after the Monday night game, but they had to get their 2nd string QB ready for their game on a short week.
I felt going into this game it was a potential trap game. As Cardale said, "we are not as good as we thought we were." Lots of work needs to be done this week. NIU has a solid team. And, as I think this weekend showed, the top tier MAC teams can play with any Power 5 team. I expect a battle.