It is easy to forget how fast that those mid-90s teams were and how well the executed on both sides of the ball. They also played a very exciting brand of football. Those were some really, really good teams ... I will never understand how they lost all those games to Michigan.
Clearly offensive efficiency helps against a team like Oregon who can put up points in a hurry. But what's more, I don't see a lot of successful read-option in the NFL. Defenses seem more fundamentally sound and defenders seem more likely to beat the offensive lineman than in college football. The main thing that worries me about MSU is that they could be the most fundamentally sound football team we will face on defense. Luckily, I think Ohio State has the best offensive line MSU will face.
Ohio State was successful in defending Oregon's offense in the 2010 Rose Bowl (awesome game, was totally there). How hard is it for teams to consistently do that to a very good spread-run team like Ohio State or Oregon? Is there a nugget in there than Narduzzi can use to defend against Ohio State's offense?
Nice breakdown as usual. As a non-expert, it seems like the defensive coaching staff is suffering from some of the same philosophical issues as in 2012: namely settling on a consistent defensive scheme and linebacker issues. One would think that the coaching staff might have learned its lesson from last year on the former. Anyone have thoughts as to why a consistent defensive scheme cannot be settled upon by this staff?
31-3. That's right, no touchdown for you Douchlema.
A little late, but WTH, I've been busy. Condensation ....
45-7 ... Illinios has looked pretty bad, this is the silver bullets' coming out party.