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Looking Ahead To Bowling Green

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Posted: 9/3/2014 9:43 AM

Looking Ahead To Bowling Green 


Looking at the box score of the WKU/BG game, one thing sticks out. BG had a tough time defending the pass. The rushing yards were pretty even for both teams. We haven't seen the passing attack of the Hoosiers yet this season. Can we expect it to be in the neighborhood of the last few seasons, or are we going to play to our strength, and become more of a rushing offense?

You have to think that IU chose to not show too much in the opener, especially when ISU couldn't stop our running attack. It's not like we have an unknown behind center. We don't have the luxury of having big, physical Wr's like we have had the last few seasons, but a the system used by CKW uses every receiver.

We need a 2-0 start this year, but will we be able to be one dimensional against BGU? Thoughts?
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Posted: 9/3/2014 10:20 AM

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Like most I was a little disconcerted about the lack of any passing attack by IU last weekend.  I think Coach was right in saying they couldn't stop the run, so why pass, but.....   From listening to the game, it sounded like the few pass play they tried there was something off.  

We have seen Nate's ability as a QB, so I am not worried there, but I think it will take another game or two for Nate to get truly comfortable with the new receivers.  

Overall I am slightly concerned, not worried. tongue

I think we will come back with a much more balanced offensive attack next game.


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Posted: 9/3/2014 12:42 PM

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Dyedinthewool wrote: Looking at the box score of the WKU/BG game, one thing sticks out. BG had a tough time defending the pass. The rushing yards were pretty even for both teams. We haven't seen the passing attack of the Hoosiers yet this season. Can we expect it to be in the neighborhood of the last few seasons, or are we going to play to our strength, and become more of a rushing offense?

You have to think that IU chose to not show too much in the opener, especially when ISU couldn't stop our running attack. It's not like we have an unknown behind center. We don't have the luxury of having big, physical Wr's like we have had the last few seasons, but a the system used by CKW uses every receiver.

We need a 2-0 start this year, but will we be able to be one dimensional against BGU? Thoughts?
I'd like to see us run until somebody shows they can stop us.  We have one of the best offensive lines around, and the tandem of Coleman and Roberts is second to none.  With a punishing ground game, we can move the chains, eat clock and take some  pressure off our D by keeping them off the field. When opponents start putting 8 in the box (and they will if Coleman continues to run wild), it will open things up for Sudfeld and the receivers.   While I know this is "old school," I'd like to see us grind it out on the ground first, and throw second.  Let's maximize the Coleman advantage for as long as we can, since this guy is destined to be playing on Sundays before too long. 

Finally, while games are often needlessly referred to as "must wins," I agree with you that a 2-0 start is absolutely essential this season.  Our schedule is brutal, with Rutgers looking surprisingly formidable following their road win against a Pac 12 team, with Maryland boasting one of the best corps of receivers around, and with a bunch of other tough games.  The task (bowl eligibility) becomes much more daunting if we start 1-1.
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Posted: 9/3/2014 1:48 PM

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Looks like BGU lost their starting QB
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Posted: 9/3/2014 2:31 PM

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Didn't realize that comeback. I just read the linked article. Huge blow for their program.

www.cbssports.com/collegefootb...-out-for-season
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Posted: 9/5/2014 11:41 AM

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There's been a lot of discussion about perceived problems with IU's passing attack in the ISU game.  There's no doubt that what we saw last Saturday was a very different offense from what we were accustomed to last year.  I think a big part of this, as many have mentioned, is that the coaches didn't want to open up the playbook and show too much against ISU, and also the fact that the Sycamores were dropping 8 into coverage.

But I also think the ISU game may signal a very different approach this year.  Our strength last season was Cody Latimer and the receivers.  Our defense was so bad that we knew we had to get the ball to those guys as often as possible, and score almost every time we had the ball, in order to have a chance to win.  While we still have talent at WR, our greatest strengths now appear to be our offensive line, Tevin Coleman and D'Angelo Roberts, so Sudfeld shouldn't have to air it out nearly as much this season.  This, in turn, would suggest less of the no-huddle, hurry up strategy, and more of a ball control, grind it out, use the clock approach.  I'm fine with that, particularly if it goes hand-in-hand with an improved D.  Hopefully this year we won't have to score 40 or more points in most games to have a shot at a W.

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