Monday, September 04, 2006

Early look at Texas

As far as in-depth game analysis goes, look no further than BuckeyeCommentary where Kieth does an incredible job breaking down every aspect of the game, most notably the defense.

Week 1 of the college football season culminates what could be the best game of the week in #11 Florida State vs #12 Miami in the Orange Bowl. Last year's game was some of the worst football I've ever seen two top 25 teams play, and if that happens again this year, I may just shoot someone. I have to go with Da U on this one, their defense will be too much.

Now, on to the Texas game. I'll go in-depth later, but as an initial thought, I feel that this game is going to be won and lost on the lines. Now Texas has one of the best offensive lines in the entire country (if not the best), which will make getting into the backfield a much more difficult task than it was last Saturday. Granted, the ends did a heck of a job with Doug Free, who will probably hear his name called in the first round of the draft next year, the rest of the NIU line was relatively undersized. However, the coaches should be able to rotate people in constantly, giving the starters rest when needed, which definitely gives us a bit of an advantage there. Alex Barrow played like he should be starting, Gholston should have been credited with 3 sacks, not just 1.5, and Pitcock was being forced to be double teamed all game long. We may have to take some risks as far as blitzes are concerned (which totally backfired on Saturday), but that's just something we'll have to see the young quarterback adjust to. If we can get to McCoy early and often, it could really shoot his confidence down, which means that the Longhorns will become much more one-dementional.

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