As our games this year can attest, we have been losing the time of possession battle too much, which is probably not a good thing. The first time it ever came back to bite us, though, was in the MSU game, where we simply didn't have enough drives in the first half. However, I think throughout the year the shortness of our drives can be attributed to Carlos Brown in the back field.
Brown has a unique style of running, where he usually gets 1 yard, -1 yard, 15 yards, and then 60 yards, seemingly on most drives. Though this does lead to good scoring, it also hampers our ability to give the defense a blow and lowers our time of possession.
However, we all know Minor is a bull-moose when healthy, and seemingly on every run gets 4,5, or 6 yards, with the rare 20 yard scamper. What this does is lengthen the time and number of plays on a drive, but I would venture to say that it doesn't make our offense any less potent than when Brown is in the game. So, this is all to say that with Brown out and Minor completely healthy, I think we may have a chance of a little bit more grinding on Saturday and a little bit better TOP, regardless of if we improve significantly.