At the beginning of the season I ran a football survey. Suffice to say the result was as ugly as our football team, as out of a possible 10 points the average is a paltry 1.2. Over 25% of entries gets everything wrong!! The best goes to Hummels' figurines and hoffdaddy83, who each gets 4 correct. There is no official tie-breaker since I only use it as a survey to get a general sentiment, but if there is a "winner" I'd say it should be Hummel, since he is the second-closest to predict only 4 wins (hoffdaddy 7).
Here are the questions in the survey:
How many REGULAR season games will Purdue win?
Henry is the starting QB against Cincinnati. Will he start at least 10 games?
Will Etling be red-shirted?
Other than Hunt and Cottom, which RB will have the most rushing yards?
Who is our top WR (in terms of yards)?
For our offense, how many passing yards we'll have per 100 rushing yards? (To give an idea, IU passed for 238 yards per 100 rushing yards last year, while Wisky passed for only 68 yards per 100 rushing yards. Purdue was 146, fourth highest in the B1G)
In terms of yards gained, where will Purdue rank among B1G?
In terms of yards allowed, where will Purdue rank among B1G?
Where will Purdue rank among B1G in terms of turnover margin?
How many missed PATs this year?
I also asked for what qualifies as success, and what is a bare minimum to be acceptable. Needless to say, we did none of the thing that met a success criteria, and by all measure, we didn't even do the bare minimum to be acceptable.
Obviously this is a "burn-the-tape" season for us fans, but I hope the players and coaches won't. They should burn the pain and humiliation in their head and use that as motivation to work their ass off so that it won't ever happen again. As Hazell said, "THIS IS NOT PURDUE FOOTBALL! DON'T GET USED TO IT!"
I think all of us are ready to move on to basketball season. Instead of angry rants and blame-hunting, the last "food-for-thought" question I keep wondering is: if you are a Purdue fan as many claim they are, what will you do to support the team over the next 9 months?