Is there run defense so good becasuse everyone throws on them? Was thinking their pass defense was very weak. Or is their run defense so good that everyone is forced to pass it? KSU usually likes low scoring, slow, boring games (UI style). I think we match up with them well, but have had trouble at their venue.
Hmmm. Shutting down power running? Not sure I agree with this, unless you are making a subtle difference between a rushing attack out of the spread vs a more conventional rushing attack.
I think our defense matches up well against a passing team (Tech), or a team that relies on a playmaker that LJ can help shut down (Iowa, OSU). A team that is balanced and can effectively run the football has caused problems.
MU and Baylor really ran wild on us. I am encouraged that we will do better against KSU, but I don't think we are very stout against the run. KSU will probably get 24 points. The key is that our offense needs to sustain drives, protect the football, and find a way to get to 28. I like 28-24, ISU victory.
And I'd hardly call either of those two teams "power running" teams. They're both spread "zone-read" style (whether they actually run the zone read or not) type of running games. The difference being when we throw Woody in there we add a power component to it.
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After looking at those, it kind of makes one wonder how KSU has a better record than we do. The only thing I can see as a differentiator is Klein who has been kind of an x-factor for them, but we now have Barnett on our side so I see that as an equalizer. I really expect it to be a good game.
I think they have roughly 1/2 the number of turnovers we do on the season. That probably has something to do with it.
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