Before the season began, this week's home game against Washington & Lee looked like a nice break for Centre College, a non-conference game after playing Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Rhodes.
But after a loss to Rhodes dropped Centre to 1-2, this week took on a new importance.
"This game is a big deal," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "We've had our best week of practice, and now it's just a matter of how that's going to turn out for what we want to accomplish. It all comes to a head when you're 1-2. This team definitely had higher aspirations, and now it's time to find out what exactly they aspire to."
Frye knows what he hopes his team aspires to: better intensity, both mentally and physically. Centre jumped out to a 10-0 lead at Rhodes last week before giving up 35 unanswered points and losing 42-19.
The Centre coach said he was disappointed with how the team played with a lead. He felt they relaxed, and said the key to getting the season back on track is the players putting their all into every play.