One thing that strikes me about the ISU game is that we still didn’t run any counters in the run game, even with Trevor Knight at the helm. If you’ll remember, Baylor took advantage of this in their game plan by having their LB’s (and the safety in the box) aggressively attack the hole that the tailback (or QB in the bell-dozer) initially start toward at the snap. They didn’t fear the cut-back or counter at all.
That aggressive pursuit by the LB’s made them impossible to block with our OL. Their DL slanted to the strong side so when we tried to run strong from a formation that we have a high run tendency from they had their DL and LB’s moving toward the hole. That’s insane!
You have to assume that KSU will learn from that and do the same thing. If they do, then they will kill our offense just like Baylor did. Unless, of course, we run a bunch of counter plays (specifically some QB counters) designed to take advantage of this. But, even if we do run counters it will still be hard going until we can make them drop their safeties.
The fact we didn’t run any counters vs ISU tells me that either they are waiting till the KSU game to put them in the gameplan, or that our OC’s are oblivious to our tendency and what Baylor did to take advantage of it.
We’ll see which one is the truth on Saturday. Now, the zone read helps because the defense won’t know which hole the ball carrier will end up in, and with Trevor we’ll most likely run a ton of that. However, if we run the veer read the defense still knows which side of center to attack.
Assuming the zone read doesn’t scare them into running Baylor’s defense, we’ll learn a lot about our OC’s. If we don’t run a bunch of counters, then we’ll know just how oblivious they are!