Beef Zerkie wrote:DM (Depeche Mode fan?)
That's oversimplifying things a lot. It misses some of the more important details:
* Against your claim that they are new on both sides BSU's defense is returning practically everyone and adding some serious depth. Guys who started last year have been bumped out by young talent. Out D is loaded, experienced, and ferociously physical this year. I would be STUNNED if you could throw up 24 points in a close game. If it was long over it "could" happen in the fourth when the game is long over but I doubt it.
* Yes the offense is breaking in a new QB, and O-line. But that is superficial. Peel back the lid and you'll learn that the talent BSU has at QB and O-line is tremendous. We have a 6'7" son of hall of famer, a 6'5" big time recruit who was the #2 guy last year and they are not even the top 2 considered candidates. The senior has a brother playing QB in the NFL now, and the Freshman threw something like 65 touchdowns as a junior in HS and then 67 as a senior. We're talking video game stats here. No matter who get the job, they will be a serious playmaker!
* Then there's the O-line: Unlike many schools BSU has a frequent rotation that gives a lot of the non-starters some serious play time. The reality is that of the 5 on the line only 1 of them will not have considerable previous game time. Depth and experience so deep that what I think will be your top OL this year (Rudder) had to transfer to get some play time. And he's a great player too.
* Intangibles: while you think we are overlooking you, what you don't see is the dedication and commitment to make up for losing their last game last year. BSU never shows up playing lazy because they think they will just win as it is, but coming off a loss they felt they should have won, they will be out for blood and you better believe they will be showing up to make a statement in their next game. Whether ISU or USC, they are in attack mode now.
* With their dominance over the years and with the reputation for scoring a lot, BSU has been given a lot of respect when it comes to the point spread. And despite that, they are still one of the top teams in the country this decade in covering the spread. There's a reason for it and part of it is because whether they are favored by 3 or 50 they bring it and don't look past teams.
All that said, they do have some new things to work out, and they probably will be moving some players around to help figure things out for the rest of the season. Toss in the vanilla game plan and it won't be as big a blow out as the last one. But blow out it will be. It won't be a 10 point game, that's all I'm gonna say.
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