------------------ showing good condition and toughness and good depth in the defensive line paying off late in games. Our top receivers and pass rushers are all from the portal and they seem to be settling in better each game. KJ is doing a very good job of taking what the defense gives, mostly throwing accurately (that lone interception was our TE Knox fumbling a good pass) standing in the pocket and running. MizzouState sold out to stop our run and he made them pay as the game went on. Running game is good and getting better. (Expect addition of DJ to be significant against A&M.) Special teams are improved and could get better still.
Injuries in our secondary being exploited is going to force us to out score folks to get wins. Our defensive line is just not strong enough to allow going to a lot more zone to help cover the passing game. Odom will just have to gamble more and get creative to compensate and good teams can take advantage of that but hopefully not too often.
We are a good team with some very good strengths but still thin in some key spots (secondary, tight end, & defensive line). We are way ahead of schedule on Sam’s restoration of the program. We just took the best shot from a very good coaching staff and a reasonably good team with a mobile QB and talented enough receivers to hurt us. It was their Super Bowl against a hated neighbor. We were looking ahead some and still survived pulling away. If this is our “ugly win” for the year, I am very satisfied with that. Go Hogs.