Spartans Need to Keep Eyes on the Rosey Prize

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The Spartans will be ending their home season portion of the schedule with the most important game to date with a battle against Purdue. A win will put the Spartans at 9-2 and likely headed for a New Years Bowl game. It will also keep them in contention of a Big Ten Championship in the finale against Penn State.

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Most importantly, the Spartans must also remember that every game counts as one and they have plenty of work to do between now and then. To be as honest as I can, they need to execute a lot better than they have the last three weeks. They made a bevy of mistakes against Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin and unless they execute better and play with more consistency, things won’t be as rosy as the Spartans want them to be.

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It’s not that they need more effort or super human play to win these last two games. They just need to execute the way they can to give themselves a chance to win a championship

and while the effort has been superb, the execution has been lacking. To win these last two games of the regular season, the Spartans must remember to NOT BEAT THEMSELVES.

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Mistakes can be made when you are trying to do too much individually or aren’t comfortable or sure of your assignment. Or even perhaps because you are afraid to make a mistake. Regardless, the Spartans need their A game to win out in 2008. Play to win or play not to lose. Those are the options and I know what I would pick.

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This Purdue team is getting hot and Justin Siller has been lights out as a quarterback for the Boilermakers. He gives them a run dimension to the spread offense that hasn’t been there before, making them difficult to stop. If there ever was a time to focus and not to look ahead, it is this game. Purdue can beat them if they don’t come ready to play.

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I understand it is that part of the season when guys are tired, banged up, sore and not feeling well. Yet, it is also the time to rejuvenate their minds and bodies for this stretch run. To get extra sleep, to eat some protein bars, to rehydrate, and mentally prepare for the tasks ahead.

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So far, the will to win has outlasted the pressure of succeeding and the subsequent mistakes we have witnessed in the last three games, but I am telling you right now, if they makes those same mistakes they will have a tough time winning the last two games.

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The good news is these corrections are relatively simply and mostly mental errors that can be corrected.