Let's agree and accept that this is a down season. It happens. We've come off of three successful seasons, and a program like ours is bound to be cyclical since we don't necessarily have the guns to reload year after year. We lost our four-year starting QB who made it to the NFL and we've seen a variety of position coaching changes. And any way you slice it, this stretch of games has been absolutely brutal, including Nebraska in Lincoln, which is a difficult place to win regardless of how the team itself is doing overall. Objectively, you wouldn't expect another team with these circumstances to be doing a whole lot better. Which brings us to the second half of the season. Homecoming to be exact, against a team that we have historically played very well, regardless of whether they were rebuilding themselves or if they were a Top 5 team. This, to me, is the litmus test for the whole season. We are six games in, we know what we have (and what we don't), and we know that Fitz will bring the best he has against Iowa. As a frustrated fan, I don't necessarily need a win next Saturday. Iowa is a very tough team, and it would be unfair to consider a loss a total failure on the part of the coaches and players. I just need to see signs of life. I need to see us play hard and be in it for all four quarters. If we are, then it gives me hope for a team with a softer second-half schedule that traditionally does very well in late Oct/early Nov to hang in there and finish strong. If not, then it tells me we need to pray for 4-8, hope for 3-9, but prepare for 2-10.