First, I always appreciate insight regarding the enemy from Ace (and Brian) from MGoBlog. During this painful, dark period waiting for football to resume, this article is quite welcome. Another angle to consider is how the enemy views us. Not that we should ever lose sleep over how others regard us, but it's interesting to evaluate outside analysis in light of the fact that we often view our own team through scarlet colored glasses.
Second, we do not need TTUN to be good in order to validate our team and our legacy. I hope TTUN remains in a pit of mediocrity and that we mercilessly beat them every year until the end of time. Nebraska comparisons are too kind. Minnesota was real good about 70 years ago. I'd like TTUN to be about as relevant as Minnesota is now.
Third, as has been mentioned, TTUN should not be taken lightly. (We witnessed that up close last season in that poorly designed stadium last November.) But this is not merely "throw the record books out" sentiment. The fact is that Hoke doesn't have to be a great coach (he's not); rather, he needs to be a decent manager. Greg Mattison and Doug Nussmeier are both competent coordinators. Mattison is a proven winner who worked for Coach Meyer at Florida and Nussmeier was an excellent QB in college and won a national title just two years ago as Alabama's OC and QB coach. (That said, I hope Mattison retires soon, Nussmeier turns out to be a bust, and TTUN never again qualifies for a bowl game.)