Can anyone comment about the quality of defenses SJSU has faced compared to
BYU's, and specifically players like Ziggy and Van Noy? Their ability to
pressure quarterbacks may be key to this game.
SJSU runs a high octane offense that could run BYU out of the stadium if the
Cougars don't take this game very seriously. The Spartans have a much
better offense than Notre Dame and about the same as Georgia Tech, the
difference being, where Georgia Tech's run-heavy offense played into
BYU's defensive strength, SJSU's pass-heavy offense plays into
BYU's defensive weakness. It'll be a long day for the Cougars if BYU
gives San Jose State time to throw.
Well they did face USU's defense which I know isn't as good as
BYU's but it still is nationally ranked. Or at least the time I checked it
was. I need to look that up... But they did put some points up on Utah
State's defense. Something we barely did....
The key to beating San Jose State is pressuring their QB. Utah State set the
tone early by sacking Fales four times on SJSU's first three possessions,
including the first play of each of SJSU's first two possessions.Even so, BYU's defensive will only be good enough to slow down
SJSU's offense, not shut them down. BYU's offense is going
to have to score early and often to keep pace with the Spartans. Anything less
than 35 points and the Cougars will be in serious jeopardy of losing this game.
Should be a good comparison of coaching philosophies. SJSU - Passing game with
exciting offense, outscore the opponent, compensate through the air for player
personnel disadvantage. BYU - Run & Option based offense, use the clock,
brute strength, have an opportunity to win at the end. I know which
philosophy I prefer.