Ten down, two to go. The Iowa game has been circled on the calendar for some time now, and though both the Buckeyes and the Hawkeyes have had some big time bumps in the road in getting there this season, this is still a huge game for both teams (although maybe moreso for one than the other). Before last week's debacle (can you really call it that when the other team has won five of the last six?) against Northwestern, Iowa was looking to get back into the thick of things with the Big Ten race. Now, a week later, Stanzi and company are just looking to play spoiler against an OSU team looking to claim a share of a 6th consecutive Big Ten title.
Make no mistake, though. The Hawkeyes are down, but despite a loss and a 4th quarter onset of the horrible affliction known as the Dropsies, Iowa still has some outstanding playmakers on both offense and defense. Jim Tressel knows this, and in his weekly presser he talked about a variety of topics, including last week's game and halftime speech, some of his former players that have gone to the NFL, but most importantly, how his team will stack up against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Starting right off the bat, the Senator still seemed pretty peeved about how his team came out against the Nittany Lions:
COACH TRESSEL: Well, you were all at the game. We didn't exactly set the world on fire in the first half and we came out and played a good second half and when you get a couple key things happen in a game like a stop at nearly the end of the second quarter and defensive scores, you're going to have a chance to win and win decisively, so we felt good about that, then we felt good we could go back and study what it was we did well and what it was we need to get a lot better at because as we head to Iowa City we're playing against an outstanding football team and they're a veteran bunch, they're a confident bunch, they play extremely well at home, it's a great atmosphere, those of you who have been there, it's nice and tight and there's a lot of communication going on from the stands down to the field, so it's kind of one of those neat places, those places that as a player you never forget that you've played.
That's two sentences, by the way. Anyway, I think what Tressel wants to do here is put the last game behind both him and the team; the above is pretty much classic Tresselspeak for "if we come out like that again we are completely screwed."
Tressel was then asked by a reporter about this halftime speech, which several veteran players would say after the game was something they had never seen out of him before, and was something that really fired them up: