Posted: 10/24/2012 3:01 PM
I think the game will be close and defensive. Both teams can run the stats up on lesser foes but I don’t see either marching down the field on either defense. Each team will have to score on big plays or turnovers.
No one in the league has run on Hutch any more than they have on Butler. It is highly unlikely that Butler will grind out rushing yards on Hutch and vice versa. The yards will have to come on big plays. (like they did last year) How much will the loss of Smith hurt Butler's big play ability? Thomas broke a long TD against Hutch in the 2nd game last year and will probably need to do it again. Will Jatavius Stewart play for Hutch? He has missed the last couple games with a knee injury. He is the Dragon's most explosive big play guy. It will be a factor if he doesn’t play or can’t play near his norm. Chief’s Fan for Life do you know anything about this?
Hutch has the best throwing QB the program has ever had ( and that includes the Lions backup QB, Shaun Hill) He throws like the kind of guy usually seen at Butler. Hutch now has a running back that has power as well as shiftiness. They still have the dart around speed guy as a backup. (their no. 2 is out) Butler will see a different kind of QB and different kind of RB than they have seen in the past from Hutch.
The O-line has gotten better at Hutch every year that Rhoades has been there and this is the best yet. They have protected the passer well until last week when Ft Scott just hammered the pass protection. Is Butler as good defensively on the pass rush? This will be the key offensive issue for Hutch.
Hutch doesn’t have Cordarrelle Patterson but has 4 fast, dangerous receivers. Still, I don’t expect Hutch to ‘matriculate’ down the field but will have to score on big plays.