Well, here we are. A place I knew was right around some bend. A gut-wrenching Rutgers loss to an inferior team we should have beaten. As expected, the dire-hards are off the bandwagon, leaving behind those who were there in the first place. We, the fans who suffer and stay no matter what the current wind, are not surprised, although it stings nonetheless.
I remind myself and others that not winning a national title is a problem most schools in division 1 have and the fact that Rutgers' chances have diminished greatly doesn't change my allegiance or enjoyment of the team. I still like seeing players develop and mature. I enjoy the process of this team learning and evolving. It is not that far removed from the crappy days of autumn where a three point loss was a victory, not a sad feeling that something slipped away. And if I try hard enough, I can look at the 7 teams in the top 13 that lost and take some solace that maybe it isn't over yet...maybe we can rise through the rankings again and since it was early enough in the season, we still have time to reload the bandwagon and the press votes to have a run at it. But if all I have to look forward to is a chance at a conference championship, that wouldn't suck too bad.
And beyond my Rutgers fandom, I enjoy college football, so the upcoming match-ups with Cincy, USF, Louisville and WVU are still games I anticipate greatly.
Things could be worse, they can always be worse. I could be a Temple football fan.