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Actually, no, Rob, we had a bad coach. He neutered out clock-eating, defense-friendly offense and made the QB worse.
#9 is dead wrong. MSU should have beaten both U.K. and UF. We were instantly worse the minute he took over.
MSU needs to keep Iowa out of the end zone. If they do, it will be the first defense IN THE COUNTRY to give up less than 1 TD per game.
Easy. The neutering of the ball controlling, defense friendly, clock eating offense Dan Mullen had built at State. Who saw that coming?
McSorley carried the ball 144 times last year. He doesn't mind running the ball or using a QB to run it.
MSU goes against a mediocre offense looking to become the first defense since 2011 to give up fewer than 1 TD per game.
Disappointing season. The defense was better than it shows in the stats. Moorhead's O hung them out to dry too many times. It's good that they improved as the season wore on. I believe they would best UK and UF if they played today.
If they played today, MSU would beat A&M, UK, and UF. Easily. And they would probably take down LSU, as well.
It was a fumble. Everybody knows it. LSU won.
Why would UM have an advantage in the passing game? Alabama averaged 6.0 YPA, and had averaged over 11 the rest of the season.
He was fully recovered from the injury before the season started. Last year, the top two backs averaged 24 carries per game. Williams had more carries per game than Fitzgerald. This year, they are averaging 16 carries per game. Rankin missed a ton of time last year, leaving us several games with the tackles who are starting now.
One difference only between this year and last for Fitzgerald.
Not the QB....at all. With the same OL, same skill players, we have fewer passing yards, more INT's, more sacks, fewer rushing yards. Moorhead neutered Mullen's offense. With Mullen's playbook, we are 8-1.
No coincidence...despite returning everyone, the offense is worse in every measurable way.
Your offense is fine. Played the 2nd and 3rd best defenses in conference last two weeks.
MSU's offense better progress. The defense will be losing elite players on the front and back. Seriously.
They are very good. Could lead the league in scoring defense, except they have to play Alabama's offense. The UK and Alabama defenses don't have to do that.
Oops. I don't know why I posted that as a response. Not at all related to your comment.
First, Fitzgerald is not playing the best football of his career. That mostly came in 2016. Second, the team would be undefeated if Moorhead had simply used Mullen's playbook. Third, in either case, with Mullen or Moorhead, they come out of Tuscaloosa with a loss. Still, 6-3. 1980.
He should. He already has a lot of carries.
Hate to beat a dead horse, but Fitzgerald would have blown past 50 rushing TD's with Mullen as coach. He would have threatened Tebow. Snell might still hit 50 TD's, though, depending on how Stoops uses him.
He's got 3 good ones left, but I don't see them stopping him. LSU, MSU, and Auburn all have good defenses.
With Mullen as coach, Fitzgerald is no lower than 4. He would have more rushing yards and more passing yards. Without Mullen, Franks would be lower. The dude can get production from his QB's.
That doesn't silence critics. They already knew he was a good runner.