Just three years ago, there as a damn countdown clock on ESPN. Now, it is just a noon fill on ABC with buzz only on our boards. Obviously, we did not keep up our side of the bargain by letting it get lopsided and then face planting the last two years, but man this is weird. I don't have any trash talk in my inbox, no texts or vmails like years past. The only calls I have gotten are from Iowa fans asking if we could try to make a game of it and luck out a win to help their bowl positioning. Not really a confidence boost. It is bitchy and whiny, but the only thing I have ever known is this being "the" rivalry. If I had been able to remember any different, maybe my perception of this would change.
the season has truly begun now