let's recap our kickoff's from saturday,
1. Returned to the 44, They get a FG
2. Returned to the 46, They get a TD
3. Returned to the 29, They Punt, we get the ball on the 20
4. Kick out of bounds ball at 40, They get a TD
5. Returned to the 35, They get a FG
6. Returned to the 43, They Punt, we get the ball on the 11
7. Return + penalty to the Michigan 42, They punt for a touchback
8. Return to the 18, they punt. we get the ball at the 31
What exactly would we be losing by trying a few onside kicks? Obviously you can't do it all the time, because it's only high percentage when it's a surprise.
They scored on half of their possessions. The other 4 had us pinned back pretty far. A successful onsides would get us the ball with much better field position.
They started 5 of 8 of their drives at the 40 or better. Even if we failed an onside kick, we're only giving up 5 or 10 yards.
Hopefully we won't need to do onsides vs. Purdue, but against wisconsin and especially OSU, we really need the extra possessions.
AND ABOUT OSU. You can say that you prepare for all the games the same, that's a great cliche' for the media. But if you really believe it, you won't be here for much longer. You've been outclassed by fricken MSU's coaches for 3 years because they understand what a rivalry is about. OSU is the last game of the season, there's no reason to leave anything in the tank.
Lloyd Carr had a much better record than you, and people still wanted to run him out of town because of his record vs. tressell. You really need to do something every week, (if not every day) to beat OSU.
You got your six wins and a bowl berth. That only bought you time. If you want to be here for more than a couple years, you'd better find a way to beat OSU. Trick plays, onside kicks, going for it on 4th when our kickers are bad, you need to do these kinds of things.