- September 22nd, 2021, 8:46 am
If we use the analogy of LU climbing a ladder, the higher one goes up the ladder the more important each rung is and the more there is to lose if it breaks. We gained a little by beating ODU in 2018, but we wouldn’t have fallen far, either, if we lost. It was a fun and important game to fans, but it was not a program trajectory catapult either way. So, I agree with Kricket’s points on this. Because of what we have to lose, if we do lose, all those other wins pale in comparison. In my mind, I classify some of our big wins more as milestones vs. truly the “most important wins.” Our subsequent loss to Saint Francis, among other loses, in 2017 really unraveled the meaning of the Baylor win for me. Thankfully, our big wins in 2020 were part of a consistent winning pattern and not just a fluke, so I don’t think a single loss on Friday will take away from that. But, given our current trajectory, we have to win the games we could/should win to keep the chains moving. Hopefully Ole Miss beats Alabama. We may slide down a rung with a loss to them, but it seems like we may fall of the entire ladder with a loss to Syracuse.
I also agree it's not a make or break for our season if we lose, depending on what that means. We are still a good program and will have a good record, potentially. But, if we think in terms of the press Malik gets and our ability to get ranked, it is a make it or break it. A loss to SU bumps us way down. Then, by time we may be on the cusp of getting into the top 25 with an 8-1 record, a loss to Ole Miss will finish those hopes for the rest of the season.