I am of the camp that this year's defense is agonizingly similar to the 2008 version of the offense, where we are too young/inexperienced and the pieces don't fit right, at least not yet.
So, here's my prediction: Saturday's game will be our 2008 at Minnesota game. That was the most complete game of the year and one of only 3 games where our offense out-gained our opponent (ND and Miami (NTM)) were the other two. If you're a sadist (or want to see how far our offense has come) you can check this out for yourself here.
Other similarities--coming off a loss to an under-achieving team that was gut-wrenching for its own reasons (the week before MN, we lost to Purdue to officially become bowl ineligible) and we will be playing a team that is over-achieving pre-season expectations.
So, have we had our "Minnesota 2008" performance on defense yet? If so, who?
Will I look stupid?
DiscussEDIT: With the news about JT Floyd I recant my prediction.