Ok, this may get me negbanged to infinity and beyond, but here goes...
Through the ups and downs of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, I always thought that the team played hard. This was especially commendable in 2008 given the talent level and some lack of buy-in from some players. Even the second half of the Ohio State game seemed to be much more a mismatch of talent than of effort.
For 2009, up through the Penn State game, I always thought the team tried hard.
The second half of the Illinois game was the first time I have ever seen what I thought was a less than all-out effort. Frankly, that scares me.
My hope is that this is just a one-time blip, a bad alignment of the stars, and it will be forgotten in the wake of a good effort vs. Purdue.
Curious if people's reactions are: "You're overreacting, calm down", "I saw it too, but I'm not worried", or "I saw it too, and I'm more worried than you."