Within the past week we've had two major milestones--the NCAA exonerating RR of the most damning charge and the elusive 6th victory which qualifies us for our first bowl game under RR.
Both are incredibly positive outcomes, but what concerns should we have about having emptied the tank emotionally, not to mention physically, as we head into yet another critical game?
There are numerous examples of the letdown game phenomena, even among the best teams. While I'm extremely hopeful for this team's future, I'm not sure we're good enough yet to beat the competition, even potentially inferior opponents, if we come out flat.
So if you put yourself in the position of the coaches and the players, what's your mental approach this week?
As a fan, admittedly irrational at times, I see it this way:
- Another win guarantees a winning record
- More wins = better bowl game
- Purdue, on paper, is by far our best chance for another win
- I'm f*cking tired of losing to Purdue
- Danny Hope is a tool