In a discussion about O'Korn's performance, I saw a couple people say "yeah, but it was just Purdue." Which, granted, it was. But how does Purdue's defense stack up against the ones we've played and the ones we have coming up? Here are the S&P+ defensive rankings for our opponents (LINK):
- Florida: #10
- Cincinnati: #64
- Air Force: #103
- Purdue: #73
- MSU: #24
- Indiana: #31
- PSU: #12
- Rutgers: #23 (LOLWHUT)
- Minnesota: #15
- Maryland: #60
- Wisconsin: #4
- OSU: #9
According to available information, Purdue is not the worst defense we will see this year--it's the second worst, after Air Force, with Cincinnati the 3rd worst.
Obviously this is subject to change, as more games are played. Somehow I doubt Rutgers will remain the #23 defense, and PSU's seems inflated by bad competition. But the lessons for the O'Korn/Speight question, in my opinion, are:
- Yes, it was only one game against a not-great defense.
- It was still a much better performance than against two other not-great defenses, one of which is appreciably worse, statistically speaking, than Purdue.
- It does only get harder from here on out.