We've all discussed the issues we've seen through on the defensive side of the ball during the first five weeks of the season, as well as the 3-3-5 scheme that's been used. The defense is currently 73rd in scoring defense and ranked 102 in total defense (37th in rushing, and dead last at 120 in passing, http://statistics.ncaafootball.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=ncaa-football&pa...). Not good.
Understandably, the defense is very young and inexperienced, particularly in the secondary. I'm willing to accept this for now. However, at some point this season I think it's reasonable to expect to see some improvement from the defense and some better play. Aside from "just enough defense to win", how much improvement is reasonable to expect? And, at what point can we expect to see this?
Given the numbers the offense has put up, it seems that if they play just average, middle of the pack defense (scoring and yardage), it could make the difference between 8-4 and a better record, like 11-1.