How many interceptions did Stanzi throw in the Spring game? What 'string' was he going against?
In any case, I'm excited to see how we do. Iowa is rightly favored, but we are quite capable of winning this game as well.
Didn't Iowa beat Syracuse last year 35-0 in week 2 right before the Iowa State game? What happened the next week when Iowa had to play a real team? The same Iowa State team that lost to the Kent State team that they just beat by 20. This Iowa State team is a much better Iowa State team than the one Iowa lost to last year. I won't be predicting an outcome because anything could happen but I think it will be a very good game.
With the scrimmage... A) Defense is good. B) Defense knows the offense's plays. C) Defense should always be ahead of where the offense is early. D) Just one practice, apparently the coaches said that one was particularly bad. Some of our fans didn't do a good job putting A,B,C,D together.
Of course our competition has aided our offense. (same could be said for you guys -- you know, tougher defense, tougher scoring)
That said, our offense really gouged those defenses pretty well. Our YPC running were over 5.5 each game. It is tough to take away a lot from weak opponents, but, you can take some things. I mean, what if we had given up more scores? Or what if
our opponents had average 5+ yards on the ground? Or if we had only won by a TD or so. Usually, you figure, good teams will really pound bad teams. I think we did our part, and that says something. Not everything, of course, but at least we didn't perform poorly, right?
FWIW, FIU played Kansas the week before and somehow held them to < 400 yards, including a rather paltry run game. We had 500> and ran them over pretty badly. Maybe another clue? Who knows, guess we'll find out more soon.
Maybe you guys have faced some rather lousy pass defenses, maybe that's why you've moved it so well through the air? We'll see.
It's tough to take a lot from early performances like this. You don't have much history to go on. Teams improve, and teams go downhill... looking at their performances last season isn't perfectly telling.
That does not mean Iowa is a poor team that just beat up on worse teams. But I do believe they won't be as prepared as they could be and a bit overconfident.
I agree with your comments on us getting pressure without blitzing. I personally do not feel outside of K. Taylor we have anyone that can truly get pressure on their own. But, thats why you scheme and game plan to offset your weakness to their strength. The fact that neither Stanzi or JC could move your team against your defense may be writing on the wall of what will they will be up against this weekend as compared to what they've faced the first couple of weeks. I think Iowa's DL is much better then ISU, but, LB your physical were fast, and our secondary is far superior IMO. During the FIU game, they had guys running all over the place wide open - the qb could not deliver. Our qb mobility will remove that security blanket your defense has had up to this point and exploit your weakness. I see both teams blitzing a lot early trying to force a turnover.
So many keys to what will determine the game, turnovers, 3rd down conversions, weather -- i just cant wait!!!!!
what about conditioning? most of our guys have played 4 quarters.. most of theirs have not.
When playing bad teams, the only thing that can really be discovered are negatives (like ISU has problems on interior defense). You can't really determine if a particular unit is good against poor competition.
Arguing with Hawk Trolls will never get you anywhere.
It wasn't until they played CMU that they didn't have Endelman. Morgan played in that game and played quite well it seems, Kent State just gave up way to many points.
Morgan appeared to have gotten hurt in the next game and the other guy didn't fare well.
But KSU was already 3-5 before Endelman got hurt and QB play isn't the reason they were 3-6.