Written By: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited By: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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The Purdue Boilermakers have announced that they will be “Blacking Out” Ross-Ade Stadium this Saturday when the Ohio State Buckeyes come to town. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that Ohio State has never promoted such things in the past, because they have. However, I don’t think that the “Black Out” is really carrying the meaning that Purdue’s PR people really want it to.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, this “Black Out” is not just hype to get fans ready for the team’s biggest game of the season. Rather, this is a secret call to for appropriate attire to the most solemn of occasions, a funeral. You see, the PR people at Purdue can try to raise the morale of the fans and the team all they want, but deep down they know that the pallbearers are assembling and that time is running short for the Boilermakers.
Purdue has been having a rough season. They currently are posting an abysmal record of 1-6 under their new head coach, former Buckeye assistant, Darrell Hazell. This is not surprising as most college football teams experience a bad year when regimes change. Ohio State had a rough season when Jim Tressel first took the helm in Columbus. They also had a rough season when Luke Fickell took over as interim head coach before the arrival of Urban Meyer. What Meyer did in his first season at Ohio State is not normal, not by any stretch.
That said, I did some quick research on the Purdue football team in an effort to find some standout players for Ohio State to watch out for. My research did not turn out well, revealing that the only surprising players for Purdue were the ones who weren’t performing as well as expected. This Boilermakers football team is just flat out bad. They’ve had a couple injuries haunt them this season, but for the most part their lack of talent and lack of depth has really shown through.
Schools like Purdue face unique recruiting challenges that teams like Ohio State, Michigan, and other high end Big Ten schools don't have to face. Indiana isn’t exactly a go to destination for recruits. Apparently mile after mile of corn fields doesn’t spell out “party time” for 18 year olds with football talent. Combine that with the fact that they also lack the long standing football pedigree that Ohio State and others bring to the coffee table, and you’ve got a recipe for starting off behind the eight ball. Needless to say, Darrell Hazell has his work cut out for him as he looks to build this team over the coming seasons.
Meanwhile, all the arrangements have been made, the families are locating all their black clothing for the event, and the Buckeyes are getting ready to travel to Purdue to put them out of their misery. I don’t anticipate anything close to matchups we’ve seen in recent years. This one won’t be pretty ladies and gentlemen; black is most definitely the appropriate color for Saturday.