Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has some awfully high hopes for the Illini in 2014.
As in, Cubit thinks Illinois can have the best offense in the Big Ten. As he told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Steve Greenberg:
“Last year we talked about going from worst to first in total offense in the [Big Ten]. We didn’t accomplish that; we got to fifth. But I think we’ve got a chance to be the best offense in the conference.”
Illinois indeed had a decent enough offense last year, finishing 60th nationally in scoring offense (29.7 points per game) and 46th in total offense (426.7 yards per game). And while they’ll lose four-year starter Nathan Scheelhaase, the leading candidate to replace him is Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt. Nearly the entire offensive line is back, too.
Is that good enough to be a better offense than a Braxton Miller-led Ohio State? Or Wisconsin’s always-potent rushing attack? Probably not. But Illinois could very well have a potent offense this season with the talent and scheme they have.
Now, about that defense…