Thursday, September 19, 2013
Irish Defense Has a Chance to Get Well Against a Struggling Offense
As disappointing as Notre Dame's defense has been this season, Michigan State's offense has been equally disappointing. I don't care that they put up 55 points last week against Youngstown State. That is not an FBS team so it is not the same level of competition. Against FBS teams Western Michigan and South Florida, they were only to manage one offensive touchdown in each of those games. Defensive Tackle Shilique Calhoun had three touchdowns in those games which is more than any offensive player.
The Spartans have been back and forth on quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook, and even Tyler O'Connor. It appears as though they have settled on Cook.
That seems like it would be a chance for Notre Dame to get well. The pass rush has been there but they haven't got the sacks they had last year. Not having Manti Te'o and Danny Spond in the middle to intercept or knock down the ball is huge. But the lack of an offensive threat should make a difference this week. Having said that, Purdue struggled offensively in it's first two games and they still gave the defense all it could handle.
However, this offense really lacks speed and our defensive line should dominate their offensive line which has had a tough time protecting the quarterbacks. The Irish defense has a chance to get well again this week. They better because if they can't stop this offense, I am not sure who they can stop.