But, if you beat a better team, then that is an positive indicator of your coaching ability. I wasn't clear in my original post but - for the TEAM this game is just as important as any other game and the coaches and kids need to keep that in mind. When you're a player, EVERY game is important, and losing any particular game can't negatively affect your performance for the next game. But as a fan, as someone who has to deal with UM scrutiny every day, this would be a big win. I won't be devastated with a loss, I'm still going to make the trip out to Penn State, but this would be a big win if we can pull it off. And I have a feeling that 2 years from now, people will look back and point to this game (a big win over a top 15 team that is solid on both sides of the ball, coming off an emotional loss to Iowa) as the date that RR turned it all around.
If we lose - the chance for that kind of game doesn't pop up again till maybe OSU or next year's MSU game (maybe Wisconsin, but I think they're a bit overrated).