Saluki football fans have been down this road before. They know where it leads, and quite frankly, would be very disappointed to follow that same track again.
SIU was outscored 21-7 in the third quarter of its 31-28 loss at Marshall on Saturday. Sure, the game proved that (once again) the Salukis could compete with an FBS foe -- and probably could earn a bowl bid in the MAC. But allowing 21 points in the third quarter isn't going to look good -- especially when FCS opponents get a hold of that game tape and figure out where they can exploit the Salukis.
Competitive against the next level is one thing. But SIU needs to re-focus its efforts to its FCS opposition. And a good starting point would be fixing its third-quarter deficiencies.
More later when the Maroon Kool-Aid shipment comes in.