The game today has a big meaning for a ton of different reasons. Firstly, it’s a game against a quality opponent. Secondly, it’s homecoming and we always want to win that game no matter the opponent. My final reason is something that we are all aware of if we are on Twitter at all. This team has not shown up for the Iowa State game since 2015. Last year we put up a tiny bit of a fight but ultimately lost.
This was a real problem to the point that I didn’t even bother watching most of the game. That game last season was also the first of five straight losses to give Kingsbury the golden parachute. It’s almost like showing up to a party that you know is going to disappoint, and it’s the same reason that a ton of students would leave the game in the third quarter last season.
This season has been different so far, especially at home and it’s a good sign because if you can’t win at home then why bother? Here’s a very interesting stat for you: In the last three seasons, the team has gone 1-8 in the final three home games of the season with that one win being just over a year ago against Kansas.
For whatever reason, the team didn’t want to show up or wasn’t coached to show up at home late in the season. It made the Jones a very easy place to play when the opposing team knows the student section wouldn’t even stay for the entire game and the opposing coach couldn’t coach well with leads or in the 4th quarter at all.
That is what today should be about, not just winning the game but showing that this program is done rolling over in the second half of the season. I haven’t been throwing tons of praise towards this coaching staff just yet because the real challenge for this program isn’t the first half of the season, it’s the second half when the team is mentally tired. That officially starts today and in years past, it’s often been where the wheels have fallen off.
This team has a great chance to show up today and proclaim to the rest of the Big 12 that this is no longer a program that will just roll over and not finish games. I think it’s also a great chance for these fans and this student section to show that this team is something worth staying for because it is. Ultimately, we’ll see what happens but I believe that the Red Raiders will show up in this big moment!