Playing a D2 (I refuse to use the new naming system for college football) is never a good thing. If you win, you beat a D2 team. If you struggle to win, like we did, then you are very nervous. And if you lose, then you are Michigan vs App St and your season is lost and your coach is fired.
The important thing is that we did win and Issac never hit us. (It is Sunday morning as I write this and I’m still waiting on that Issac rain!) But after the game, listening to some of the post-game, I think people forgot that barley beating Indiana State is not a great place to be. There were not questions answered last night about anything. Last year we had a similar experience with South Carolina State, so if we know anything, it is that we are similar to last year’s team, which is not a great thing.
I say we take this for what it was, we beat a D2 team at home. With that, let’s hop onto some random thoughts from the game:
- Our shotgun draw running play up the middle. Did that make up 90% of our running plays? I also remember that play being a big part of the Lynch offensive. When you are taking pages from Coach Bill Lynch, I’m not sure we get to call Kevin Wilson a offensive genius yet. He’s going to need to edit his playbook a bit more, just like I do in NCAA Football 13.
- Watching Indiana State run through our punt blocking coverage and tip one punt and be very close to all the rest, I’m calling it now, we are going to have a LOT of punts blocked this season. I’m setting the over/under at 8.5.
- Back to Wilson as an offensive guru. I’m just confused with what we are going for. At times, we play a hurry-up style, going so fast that the band can’t even get in our first down march before it is even second down. Yet on the same drive, we are getting to the line, then looking back to the sideline for the play and running down the play clock. It makes for very disjointed drives.
- Hate to harp on coaching, but our clock management at the end of the first half was horrific. We line up to go for it on 4th, then waste a Time Out, just to punt. If you are going to punt, save your time-out, with hopes of pinning ISU deep in their territory and maybe make a play or get a safety. Instead, when ISU is scrambling to get their FG team set-up, we call a time out for them. Then ISU runs another play, and gets a 5 yard easier FG thanks to us.
- In the post game conference Coach Wilson said our defense came up big when we needed them and won the game at the end. In the call-in show, everyone seemed to agree that we took care of business. I know it gets exciting when IUFB wins, but in their second to last drive, ISU receivers dropped TWO wide open passes that would have kept their drive going, and might have tied the game. If our definition of the defensive stepping up, is hoping that WR’s drop open passes we are in for another long season.
- Last I checked Tre Roberson is not a typical drop-back QB. So I’m very curious why our play calling for him is like he is the next coming of Ben Chappell. Let’s get him out of the tackles and running an option or something. He has gotten much better with his passing, and that was evident, but it is still not why he is our starting QB. Trying to make him into a traditional QB is perplexing.
- Speaking of QB’s, just in pre-game warm-ups, watching Cameron Coffman throw is a delight. That kid throws a perfect spiral each and every time.
- Can you imagine what it will feel like to sit through an entire IU game and not see an offsides. Is that possible?
- Big props to the students. They really showed up, for the first half and did give the stadium some buzz. Had there not been the threat of a downpour, I think the crowd would have been even larger. It is not out of the realm of possibility that we could start 3-0 and be 3-1 going into Homecoming. That would be good and would help bring people back to Memorial Stadium before we all turn all attention to basketball
- In the end, this is a win. We haven’t had enough days where we can Win with Wilson, so let’s savor this.
Current Record – 1-0 (0-0)
TJH Projected Final Record – 3-9 (1-7)
Enough from me. What are your thoughts?