It has been a good day. It is the first college colors day with my son, who was repping the Gold and black as he went off to ay care. The first Boilermaker Circle Tailgate was a rousing success as well with several thousand Purdue fans on the circle in downtown Indianapolis taking it all in. Here are a couple of pictures:
T-Mill: What else can really be said about this game? Purdue is a 10.5 point underdog on the road against a really good team, but has a lot of positive momentum that discipline issues left over after the Hope Era have been cleaned up. I am honestly not sure what to expect. A 200 yard, 3 TD game from Akeem Hunt? Sure. Rob Henry throws four interceptions? Yeah, could happen. Cincinnati wins in a blowout, dashing Purdue's hopes for a quick turnaround? Yeah. Purdue coming out focused, disciplined, and sharp on its way to an easy win and a 9-3 season? Wouldn't shock me.
What I want to see most of all is a competitive team that doesn't make the same mistakes that we dealt with for four years under Danny Hope. I am talking about dumb penalties, missed assignments, missed blocks, and turnovers. That was the biggest struggle for Hope's teams. They always shot themselves in the foot. I want to see a game that is competitive and Purdue at least has a chance to win in the fourth quarter.
I do have a good feeling, however, and I think we're going to surprise some people. Purdue 27, Cincinnati 24