Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
Now that we're 2-0 and have momentum on our side -- esp. as we face a team like Kansas St. -- it is VITAL that we take one game at a time. Yes, that means taking KSU seriously next week, even if we are at home and even if
KSU lost today to the likes of Louisiana-Lafayette. Next week is important because it allows us to do the following: 1) win a game and pad our stats; 2) win a game in SERIOUS fashion, and that means taking them to the cleaners, by pretending this is SC or Cal or some other tough team we'll be facing; 3) creates a setting where Prince and our bevy of sophomores and freshmen can gain some added confidence.
If we take KSU lightly, we may lose our momentum, and God forbid, we may even lose. These types of upsets happen all the time.
After beating TN, we may even crack the top 25 this week... that's important for our program... if we build this type of momentum, this not only helps recruiting, but it begins to build this one-game-at-a-time momentum we need... our schedule won't get any easier as we enter conference play where anyone can unseat anyone on any given Saturday.
This was a GREAT win for the program and it could and should be one that changes our perspective and even creates higher expectations -- hopefully across the country. Like most of us in Bruins Nation this morning, I found myself brooding a bit this morning seriously pondering the thought about being 1-1 after today and about having to toil away as a program that is forever 'rebuilding'.... I found myself going back 20 years to when Troy Aikman was here and when even then we had a difficult time defeating teams like Nebraska and even a mediocre $C team... Over the years we always seemed to lose to teams in the 'east' (TN clearly being the exception last year) and this seemed to be a perpetual curse (thinking ND three years ago in south bend esp.) and I began comparing us to SC who always seems to win BIG games especially on the road (they did it again tonight)...
But that all changes after today's big win in TN! This should be one game that gradually shifts our program in the right direction. Obviously, one key win alone can't do this, but this is one of those wins that SHOULD and could have that kind of impact.
Great win, gentlemen. Coach Neuheisel, kudos to you and your staff for a stellar victory and excellent preparation. Bruins Nation is grateful... and we can officially say that 'we're back on the map, baby!'... Go Bruins!