At least the Zips are honest.
There's no other explanation for their first-half performance against Winston-Salem State than they overlooked the 1-11 Rams.
Is that troubling? Maybe a little. But as a player or coach, how would you inspire yourself to have a peak performance after a tough road trip, and before a challenging home stand? Especially when the opponent might be the worst Division I team in the country.
If the Zips played like that against almost any MAC foe, they would lose. Hopefully it's a lesson learned.