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7-2 a Season of Questions (Northwestern Game Review)

Well, we're not very good.  That said, we're not all bad either.  

 

After what looked like a terrible start of the season, at least defensively, I though we were going to be in a lot of trouble at this point in the season.  I started wondering if we'd even be bowl eligible.  But here we are, 7-2, my preseason prediction for where we'd be at this point.  Granted I thought we'd lose to Michigan State, not North Western.  Wisconsin beat us more than I thought they would, but 3 interceptions against a good team will do that to anyone.  

 

I have seen the O-line improve, and Taylor is doing better.  By that I mean they're calling plays that put him in fewer positions to screw up, and use his abilities.  Rex is the heart of the team, but even Superman can be stopped.  This offense will get us enough points to win, but can't afford to turn the ball over, not with this defense.

 

What is the deal with the D?  Well, they were recruited to play in the Big 12.  They aren't big enough to stop the Big 10 running game, and our backs are too young to allow for us to stack the box.  It's going to continue to be a problem until we get some experience and some bruisers up front.

 

So Northwestern... A game of "IF ONLY"'s

If only we didn't fumble a sure Touch Down.  We win the game.

If only we didn't fumble a pass reception that had us in field goal range at the least.  We'd be in overtime.

If only we didn't break on 4th down conversions.

If only we held them to 3 on one of the touchdowns.

If only we were that team.  But were not.  I see at least 1 more loss this year.  

 

We're a team that can't afford turn overs.  We're not very good.  But hey, we're not all that bad either.

 

 

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I agree.  With the way we play up and down(a ranked MSU held to not 1 touchdown) and NU puts 28 on the board and dominates the O line.

I basically see us possibly loosing all 3 or wining all 3 games, or we win some loose some.  I can't say I've been disappointed in this season completely.  I saw T-Magic make major strides in his decision making recently.  The secondary's are starting to show good signs of improvement as well.  I know we have newbees learning their positions too.  Playing in a new conference has to be a challenge for coaches to some extent as well-- I'd like to see Pelini pick his own offensive head coach though...(unless Beck is his pick...I can't recall).

I just can't stand watching Nebraska play a very good game against a ranked team and then take it on the chin against potentially the weakest team in the Legends division.

We are still a young football team. Our OL has several underclassmen and first year starters.  Our QB is only a sophmore, and think about how many freshmen we have contributing: Abdullah, Green, Turner, Moore, Bell, and Rome.

Now look at all of the Sophmores: Martinez, Enunwa, Rodriguez, Long, Ankrah, and Evans.

Then look at all of the recruits that are redshirting: Todd Peat and thee OL that were 4-star recruits just sitting in the stables lifting weights and learning the program.

I guess that's looking at the glass half full.

Correction: I mean't Michigan State has to lose one.

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