I'll admit it. I'm more down about my Boilers than I have been in a long, long time. Back when I went to class at Purdue, I never expected too much out of the football team. I had season tickets each season, as did my BS counterparts...and I think it's fair to say that we didn't expect to win on Saturdays, but were at least hopeful.
One game in particular comes to mind. In 1996, Purdue hosted aOSU. The Buckeyes were #1 in all of the land...but, Purdue fans were actually pretty up for the game...too bad a ton of nimrods with nuts strung around their necks were in the stands at Ross-Ade that afternoon. The Brian Alford-led Boilers flew out to an early lead of 14-0 on two vertical passes to Alford...Purdue lost 42-14. I can honestly say, I didn't leave the stadium angry...I didn't expect anything. The program was in the can and had been for about 10 years at that point.
Now, it's different, as opposed to being used to a lifeless team that never beats an opponent other than a lower-third conference foe, D-IAA team or MAC squad, many Purdue fans expected a bit more coming into this season. Tiller thought this season would be fun for the fans...he liked this team...yada yada yada. Purdue fans are not IU fans afterall...we come to watch the game, tailgating is just an added bonus. Football is the centerpiece of our Saturday afternoons.
What we've seen so far is sad...and I'm grieving, I guess. Guys that are hopelessly optimistic like J have been reduced to cynical realists. Pessimists like Tim have been rendered uninterested and overly-emotional types like myself are kind of in-the-dumps. It's not just that Purdue has lost more than it's won, it's the fact that this team simply can't or won't beat teams they're not "supposed" to beat...Furthermore, this same group of young men had no emotion v. UND, seemed pretty lethargic v. PSU and now has to play a juggernaut led by a young, stone-cold quarterback. Conversely, our QB, after being pulled last week, simply stood on the sidelines with a blank stare on his face. Where's the fire, yo?!?
Regardless if they're ready to play or not, our Boilers will be going to Columbus tomorrow...here's what we think is going to happen:
The Boilers lost 23-7 last year at home to OSU, in a game that the team and school and students were really, truly up for. Why should we think things will go better this year? On the road? At OSU? At a ranked team? When the team is looking this listless?
OSU - 31
Purdue - 14
Greg Orton, Kory Sheets and Desmond Tardy have all been unstoppable during portions of each game this season. If the stars were to allign, and Curtis could remember how to run the offense, Purdue could give the Bucks a run for their money.
He won't, and the scheme seems prohibitive in the way of letting a player or players take over a game. Look for Purdue to strike first...and fizzle after a very early lead.
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95% of BS readers think Purdue loses this one...100% of the BS staff agrees. Purdue's winless streak v. ranked opponents is currently at 16 games.