For the 116th time, Purdue and Indiana will do battle on the gridiron for the Old Oaken Bucket. After winning nine of ten meetings during the peak of the Joe Tiller era, the game has been somewhat more competitive with Indiana winning two of the last six, and they enter Saturday's matchup as a heavy favorite.
The trophy is still cool, even if the game is terrible
Regardless, IU's program has been in the gutter for basically their entire history twenty years, and Purdue has regressed to Akers/Colletto era levels, starting with the decline in the final Tiller years, to mediocrity under Danny Hope, to the bottom falling out in Darrell Hazell's first season (1-10). Because of these slides coinciding, the "rivalry" has become an annual matchup of two of the worst programs in the Big Ten in recent seasons.
But, forget all of that, because you have to throw the records out, it's all about pride, can end the season on a high-note, something about seniors playing their last game, <insert tired cliché for meaningless game here>, offseason momentum!!!, THE BUCKET.
We got our hands on the not-yet-released Old Oaken Bucket Promo. Have a listen:
I don't really have anything to add about yesterday's no-show in Arizona. It's the second time in three weeks that the Colts have been blown off the field by an average football team, and it's the fourth-straight game that they've dug themselves an early hole (outscored 93-12 in last four first halves). One game might be a fluke, but this is starting to become a trend.
The good news is that even with a loss to Tennessee on Sunday, the Colts will win the division as long as they beat terrible Houston and Jacksonville teams at home. Football Outsiders won't update their Playoff Odds spreadsheet until tomorrow, but I would guess that the Colts' AFC South odds are still at around 90%. The bad news is: does anyone actually think this team will do anything once they get to the postseason?
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