They don't need to blitz much. Just a few well-timed A gap blitzes to confuse our fat linemen, and make sure to have a defender crashing the backside on our stretch zone runs to either run down the line unblocked and make the tackle or to destroy Petras for a sack on our PA.Illinois won’t need to blitz to slow down the run game. They had to against Wisconsin to overwhelm their OL, but such measures aren’t needed against us.
An Illinois win cashes my over 4.5 RSW bet, but I would prefer if they wait until later in the season to do it.
Lovie recruited some decent talent that Bert inherited. I think the biggest change that Bert made is bringing a winning attitude and playing smarter football.I forget. Did Bert inherit a ton of talent that just didn't put it together under Smith? Ie, the cupboard was fairly full when he arrived?
Our run defense is growing increasingly suspect as the season progresses and teams see more film of us.Wisconsin didn't play well. I don't think Illinois will run all over us. We'll need to sustain drives and avoid turnovers. I think we are starting to gel a bit on the offensive line in the running game and Luke Lachay is now another legitimate option at TE. Iowa wins 20 - 13.
In 1985 Miami Dolphins had the same problem with da bears. Shula had Marino roll out every play. Dolphins beat those nasty BearsSo, how does Brian attack their D?
Or, better yet, how would you attack their D?
I have not watched any of Wisconsin; is their OL as bad as ours? Normally, Wisconsin can still rush on an opponent, no matter how much stacking of the box there is.
This is Bert's 2nd year. Pretty impressive what he's done there so far.
And I would agree with you..............
I don't think anyone should suggest we're weak against the run.
Iowa has the exact same problems Wisconsin has, only Iowa is worse at it. At this point I'm debating whether or not I'm even going to bother to watch. I feel like I already know how the game is going to play out and I'm not sure I need that aggravation in my life.
It's hard to see why illini would go away from the formula they used against wisky on D. Selling out to stop the run is the go to move for any D coordinator against Iowa anyway. Stuff the run game and then deal with a QB who can't run and is more easily spooked than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
So Iowa, who can't seem to score against anyone, is going to put 17-24 on the best defense they have played against this season? I don't see that happening.Continued improvement in the run game (I like our improved blocking and running backs) PLUS lets hope to get some improved Pass Pro. I don't see Illinois scoring 31 on us. may 10-14 points, with Iowa 17-24 at least. Iowa wins 24 - 10.
That used to be our formula.From ESPN's game story:
Yesterday the Illini beat host Wisconsin by 24 points (34-10); in comparison, tOSU beat Wisconsin by 31. The Illini won in Madison for the first time since 2002. They play a physical brand of football and beat the Badgers at their own game.
Illinois got 17 points off 3 Wisconsin turnovers & scored the game's final 27 points.
They held Wisconsin to 2 yds rushing on 24 carries.
Chase Brown rushed for 129 yards. Brown, who entered the day with an FBS-leading 151 yards rushing per game, produced his sixth straight 100-yard performance.
Illinois' winning formula:
* The Illini outrushed Wisconsin 137-2
* They made fewer mistakes than their opponent
* They were more physical on both sides of the ball