I gotta be optimistic or I might cry… But this does change my mentality for the season, it will be fun to win instead of a relief to not lose if that makes sense. But more importantly...
This could set up for a killer next year. Going into this year, I thought we were still a year away from truly having a great team across the board. We had too much that we lost with the O-Line, Hyde, and others to replace quickly. Couple that with a young defense and a new scheme and you have to have a lot fall into place to win it all. Even with Braxton we might have swept the Big Ten (still might), but IMO we weren’t going to be able to take it to the next level to compete with the elites like FSU, Alabama, etc.
Now looking to 2015… We will be better at every position going into the season compared to this year (except maybe D-Line if Spence leaves, but with Bosa will there ever truly be a dropoff?). The secondary will have a season to develop and learn the new schemes brought in by Ash while only losing Grant but we have the talent to replace him. The Linebackers will be solid as Raekwon goes HAM with Perry and Lee. The young Wide Receivers (Wilson, Dixon, Thomas, Marshall) will be much better off after another year of experience. Ezekiel will be running wild, and I think that he is capable of having a near Hyde-like season in production. And now to top it off, we have either XBrax or an experienced, instead of unproven JT Barrett.
Next year could be the year, boys, but that's still a year away and I'll still be watching every second of every game I can until thn.