Purdue Football: Purdue Fans Shouldn't Have Much Confidence Against Indiana

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent INovember 22, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 12: Caleb TerBush #19 of the Purdue Boilermakers throws a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 12, 2011 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue defeated Ohio State 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Purdue football is on the verge of a Bowl game this season, which would be their first under Danny Hope. After a season that has been full of ups and down, Purdue fans shouldn't go into Indiana with much confidence.

This Indiana team has a 1-10 record and has yet to record a win in the Big Ten, but don't overlook this squad.

In college sports in general, in a rivalry game you, can throw out records and talent. The fact of the matter is, no matter how horrible this Indiana team is, they will still come out and give Purdue one heck of a fight. Although this Hoosier team flat stinks, it's going to be a hard fought game in Bloomington. 

Purdue does have history on their side though in this one. The last time Indiana won two Oaken Bucket games was in the 90s, something they wish to do after winning a close game in Ross Ade a year ago.

There is nothing more the Hoosiers would like to do than ruin Purdue's bowl hopes.

This Purdue team can't look at IU as a bad team. They will need to treat this game like a big game, like the biggest game they have ever played in their lives.

This win would mean a lot the Boilermakers, and it really announce to the world that they are back in the Big Ten. It's amazing what a Bowl berth can do to a team's moral and overall fan support, and let's face it, that's lacking right now. With attendance at Ross Ade stadium steadily falling, this program needs something to be hopeful about.

This game is going to be hard fought, so don't look at this like a stomp game, or you may be unpleasantly surprised.

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