Purdue head coach Danny Hope during an NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. Notre Dame won 23-12. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Updated: Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012, 8:06 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012, 8:05 PM EST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue coach Danny Hope is relaxed heading into the final two football games of the season.
He's urging his players to take that advice, too.
On Tuesday, Hope told reporters that his team was looser in Saturday's 27-24 victory at Iowa than it had been most of the season, and that his team must continue to play that way if they intend to win these final two games and become bowl eligible.
It's certainly possible. The Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5) head to Illinois this weekend, then host rival Indiana the final weekend.
And while this isn't the way Purdue envisioned finishing the 2012 season when they were talking about playing for a Big Ten title or playing in a New Year's Day bowl game, this is their best chance now.