Take out one long run by JM and 1 by JN, and our team average rushing was 3.0. One of our RBs was 8 attempts for 4 yards. This is what boggles my mind is our OC's propensity to bash the middle for no gain, repeatedly.FWIW our average yards per play against Purdue was 4.
For the record, I take no issue with anyone saying they would've preferred BB had gone for it. There was also reasonable basis for taking that risk. What I have taken issue with in this forum are those castigating BB for his decision and claiming he went against the "odds."EasyR is exactly right. While on average, a certain course of action may be superior, it's the coach's responsibility to make the best decision based on his own team's strengths and weaknesses, and how those match up with the opposing team. In other words, no matchup is "average." There are many variables, and going with the decision that an average calculation supports isn't always the best option.
That said, like all fans, I support going for it on 4th down and replacing whichever QB is currently playing.
Juiceman -- I've never said it wasn't reasonable to criticize BB for deciding to punt. (Nor have I stated what I would have preferred BB had done. ;0! ) I have made the case that his decision was -- reasonable.This is true, you have to take the data, and apply it to your real world situation, with all necessary adjustments. I don't think anyone is actually arguing otherwise. But if you really don't think your offense is capable of moving the ball one or two yards a play against an opposing defense, you may as well just go ahead and punt on 1st down and hope your defense scores you some points I guess. FWIW our average yards per play against Purdue was 4.
MSU and Wisconsin both gave us chances, for whatever reason.no one gave us a chance in 2019 against Wiscy or Sparty
repeats of those outcomes against Iowa, Minny or Wiscy just not very likely . not more than maybe 10%~20% against any of those teams .
Rutgers will also likely be favored over us
Yes it is, enter your zip code and provider in the link below to find the channel:Illini game not on BTN tomorrow.
He should be working on those weaknesses during practice. Once the game rolls around we need to throw everything at defenses or we would become even more predictable and easier to stop.I hate to say it, but I'd like to see an incredibly short playbook. BP has shown he can't execute the full playbook, any throw further than 10 yards is an area weapon, so stick to throws that leave his hand in two seconds, no option. If that means Barker, Ford, Barker, Ford, RB up the middle, do it.
BP should throw more than ten yards again until he has proven he can hit the short stuff, and not eat sacks. He'll lose the game if he's given more to do than that, so don't bother asking. Maybe completing a bunch of short passes will help him get the timing down and gain some confidence.
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