Obviously most UAB fans have high expectations for UAB football in 2017. I think a lot of people are underestimating the talent head coach Bill Clark has assembled to be ready to compete right away.
However, there are many valid reasons why people are skeptical about UAB football in 2017, so we need to set some reasonable expectations.
First, this is not a team that is going to win the Conference USA championship. If those are your expectations for this team in their first year of playing football since 2014, then you’re being unrealistic. Could it happen? Sure, but it’s not realistic to think this team is capable of that without seeing how they actually play on the field first.
Second, this is not a bowl game or bust type of season. I would love for the program to get to a point where the expectations every year are to compete for a Conference USA championship and at least make a bowl game. But again, those are unreasonable expectations in year one.
Now, I certainly think this team is capable of making a bowl game this year. That is what I am hoping for and I will be ecstatic if that happens, but it is not my expectation for this team.
So here is what we can expect:
- Football: Can you believe it!? We will be able to watch UAB football again. Something we haven’t been able to do in years. This year it shouldn’t matter about the wins and losses as much as about appreciating the fact you get to watch your school or former school play football again.
- Effort: Everything you hear from the coaching staff and media tells you that this team is going to give you effort. They know everyone is counting them out for this year, but they are doing their best to give the city of Birmingham a quality product on the field. You can expect this team to give you a ton of effort every time they play.
- 3-5 Wins: I think three wins should be the minimum to expect for this team in 2017, and six should be the maximum. Even though it is their first year back, I would be a little disappointed if the Blazers don’t at least win three games. I won’t be upset if they don’t win more than three games, but it would be a bit of bummer if they don’t win four or five games this year. If they do end up winning less than three games, it’s certainly understandable. But as far as expectations go, three wins is certainly reasonable and what UAB fans should expect in year one.
Three wins is probably not what UAB football fans are wanting to hear, but it’s realistic. Again, I think and hope this team will meet and surpass those marks, but if you are expecting more than that you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
While we all want to win and see UAB become a group of five powerhouse, this year should be about the return of UAB football and supporting those who made a commitment to this program.