The doom and gloom fans (full disclosure: they include me) are for the most part not thinking the program is in for a decline. Rather, I worry about how motivated our players will be for The Game, and also, can't quite get over the MSU loss that was 100% preventable. You could make a case that this team is the most physically gifted to ever wear the S&G, and yet they likely won't even win their own division, let alone a B1G or National Championship. It's just a sad, sad waste of talent from the coaching staff.
And no matter what you say about motivation against TTUN, these guys have played for and won a NC. It has to be disheartening that they likely won't even be playing for their own conference title this year. Add on the fact that many of the starters are going pro next year, and the general frustration the players expressed about the MSU game, I'm not exactly filled with confidence they will be a solid, angry team.