I was impressed with the defense yesterday saving the offense's butt a couple times. At one point Illinois could have been up 21-7 if it wasn't for the defense. Also, I noticed the defense only gave up 14 points in the second half (regulation). Interestingly, I did a little research and sure enough the defense gave up less points in the second half than the first in all but the Notre Dame and the UMass games.
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half|
What does this mean?
A defense that gives up less points in the 2nd half is a good sign of coaching adjustments. I'm not saying GERG is a great DC but he is making adjustments and it shows in the numbers above. I also understand there is alot more to analyzing a defense than just points allowed. On the other hand there is much frustration when a defense does give up more points in the 2nd half.
Yesterday I actually saw signs of hope in the defense. The Barwis conditioning showed yesterday as they were ready for triple overtimes. If the defense can keep the points low in the 1st half there is an excellent chance of victory.