So that’s what a 1-11 season feels like!
When Purdue went up by 16 in the 4th, I had seen enough to know that I had seen to much, and started the drive home to Carmel. So I missed what sounded like a horrific call on the duel possession catch. It sounded not only like the wrong call, but made no sense that the reason it couldn’t be reviewed was because it dealt with a change of possession.
Here is the way that I see it, and you should see it also. Had the refs decided to review that call, it would have taken at least 4-5 minutes, meaning that this 2011 Football season would have lasted an extra 4-5 minutes for all Hoosier fans. That would be a tragedy! This season could not end fast enough, so let’s all thank the refs for getting us out of this season quicker!
I know there is a lot to be nervous about after an 1-11 season, but here are the highlights for me:
- We are going to hear a lot about young players getting experience for the future. But even with 2-3 years of game experience, aren’t 4 & 5 star recruits at Michigan State, Ohio State, etc, going to be better as a Sophomore or Junior playing in their first game? Using EA Sports NCAA 2012 terms, maybe our players are progressing from overall 65 to 78, but if other teams are getting guys starting at an 80, are we really any better off?
- Our schedule next year is brutal. First looking at the non-conference, we should beat Indiana State and maybe UMass. You would think we could beat Ball State at home, but after this season that is no gimme. At Navy is probably a loss. But B1G season is where it starts to hurt. @Northwestern, @Illinois, @ Penn State & @Purdue, all teams we couldn’t beat at home this year. We host Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin. Three of those teams beat us by over 14 points this year. I’m not sure I see a B1G win next season. Ugh!
- Sitting with friends during the game, had two fun conversations. First we discussed that if we started the BEST player we have ever had at each position, would we win the B1G against today’s teams? We also discussed if we would ever play in the B1G Championship game. I think that is has to happen sometime in the next 50 years. My friend seems to think that it will not happen in the next 100 years.
But instead of ending the season on a negative, I’ll leave you with this image that I found online that should help you get through the post-season. If we ever have that one magical season, this is what our helmets could look like!
I think we go 3-1 in the non-B1G games, with a loss to Navy. Right now I can’t tell you where we get our one B1G game next year, but I HAVE to think that we get 1 B1G win next year. No way we go two years with a B1G win.
Enough from me. What are your thoughts?