The 6 Elements of NIU vs Toledo

Wind blows... Fire Burns... Water Falls... Earth Quakes... Huskies Attack... Rockets Explode

Head Coaching: Jerry Kill vs Tim Beckman

After various assistant coaching positions at smaller schools, Beckman latched on as Bowling Green's defensive coordinator in 1998 until he left to be Ohio State's secondary coach in 2005.  From 2007-08 he was Oklahoma State's defensive coordinator.  So if he's a defensive guy, where did this crazy offense come from?

That goes to credit Toledo OC Matt Campbell who championed two D-III Mount Union national title teams from 2004-05.  The two of them met up as he was an offensive line coach at Bowling Green soon after.  Then they've got something called a "Passing Coordinator" and his name is Scott Satterfield.  You saw Appalachian State's upset over Michigan right?  All him.  Well he at least coached the QBs.

You all know Coach Kill's story.  He still has yet to lose a game that he was "supposed to have won" and the Rockets come in with a .500 record and losses to 2 teams that we have beaten.  Here's one stat that I think really stands out between the two of them:

Record as a Head Coach

Kill: 110-64.  Beckman: 3-3

Advantage: NIU

Team Mentalities

Toledo has to be extremely pissed off after losing badly to Western Michigan on their own turf on homecoming nevertheless.  NIU is coming in after a bye week.  The Rockets may jump out early and have some success, but the extra rest and preparation the Huskies have put in during their week off will seem to have the advantage.  But who knows as both of these teams are inconsistent as hell.

Advantage: Push

NIU's Rushing attack vs. Toledo's "Defense"

The Huskies host two of the more quality Running Backs out there in Me'co "UPS" Brown & Chad "Superman" Spann in a Lightning and Thunder type of situation.  All of this success on the ground equates to a running attack that ranks 21st in the Nation and 1st in the MAC.

To quote OTP, "To call Toledo’s defense "dog shit" would be an insult to dog shit."

I'm just going to list the numbers, they speak for themselves:

Rushing Defense: 105th in the country, 11th in the MAC

Total Defense: 113th in the country, 13th in the MAC

Scoring Defense: 119th in the country, 13th in the MAC

It's not like they've been playing Ohio State every game.  Ball State's 116th ranked offense put up 30, FIU's 82nd ranked O put up 31 and CU's 104th ranked O put up 38.

BTW, Toledo's D-Line is ridiculously tiny.  Check out the size of these guys:

DE         40  Alex Johnson 6-2      244     Jr.
89  Skylaar Constant 6-4      285     Sr.

DT         56  Derrick Summers 6-2      258     Sr.
 97  Malcolm Riley 6-3      267     So.

DT         98  Maurice Hill 6-2      286     Sr.
               97  Malcolm Riley 6-3      267     So.

DE         58  Douglas Westbrook 6-3      233     Jr.
(Leo)      23  T.J. Fatinikun 6-2      230     Fr.

Advantage: NIU

Special Teams

If you look at NIU's stats the only thing we lack in is that we rank 114th in the country in Net Punting.  That's surprisingly only 10th in the MAC.  Toledo averages only 4.22 yds per return, good for 106th in the nation and last in the MAC.  So those cancel out each other.  Toledos' Net Punting?  Somehow worse than us at 119th in the country.

NIU ranks 20th in the nation in Kickoff Return Defense and Toledo only ranks 103rd in the nation in Kickoff Returns.  In comparison, Toledo's KOR D is 57th and NIU's KORs rank a surprising 39th overall.

Advantage: NIU

NIU's D-Line vs Toledo's O-Line

Toledo's got some big boys on the offensive line and they rank 16th in the nation in sacks given up averaging only 1 per game.  NIU only ranks 88th in the nation in getting to the QB.

LT          74  Mike VanDerMeulen , 6-7      315     So.

LG         68  Jared DeWalt, 6-4      318     Sr.

C          69  Kevin Kowalski, 6-4      290     Jr.

RG         65  Nate Cole, 6-2      305     Jr.

RT          72  John Morookian, 6-5      291     So.

versus

LE  56        Brandon Bice ................................... 6-4, 250, Sr.-R
  90        Alan Baxter .......................................... 6-0, 241, Fr.
      OR        44        Darnell Bolding ................................. 6-2, 224, Jr.-R

NG  92        Brian Lawson ....................................6-3, 272, Fr.-R
  93        Adam Coleman ...................................6-3, 266, So.
      OR        99        Nabal Jefferson .................................5-11, 270, Fr.

DT  98        D.J. Pirkle ............................................. 6-0, 285, Jr.
  89        Ron Newcomb ................................ 6-3, 265, So.-R

RE  54        Jake Coffman....................................6-5, 255, Jr.-R
  95        Sean Progar ..................................... 6-3, 255, Fr.-R

Advantage: UT

Stephen Williams vs the entire NIU Secondary

WR-X    88  Stephen Williams 6-5      199     Sr.

Holy crap this guy has some size.  How are we going to stop him?

Here's what Tracy Wilson has to say about this subject:

"Big wide receivers are usually hard to guard because corners are usually smaller. The main thing is just don't let them get into our bodies. We have to get on them before they get on us. We can't let them get on our bodies, and stay over the top and don't let them throw jump balls."

So here's our secondary:

LCB  33        Patrick George ................................... 5-11, 190, Jr.
  20        Tommy Davis ................................. 5-11, 190, Fr.-R

SS  25        Tracy Wilson .................................... 6-2, 204, So.-R
  39        Garrett Barnas ..................................... 6-1, 205, Jr.

FS  4        David Bryant .................................. 5-11, 210, Sr.-R
      OR        38        Mike Sobol ........................................6-0, 198, Jr.-R

RCB  5        Chris Smith ........................................ 5-10, 185, Jr.
      OR        23        Kiaree Daniels ................................... 5-10, 193, Jr.

I sure hope PG or somebody can stop this guy somehow, otherwise we're in for a long, long day.

Advantage: UT

Bonus: Mascots

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OK, so they've upgraded the costume on the left, but still have the inflatable blue penis as an extra on the sidelines.

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Don't know about how much of an upgrade that was...Victor E. Huskie trumps all of these atrocities

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Advantage: NIU

So there you have it.  Of a random list of matchups between both of the teams, NIU has the advantage 4-2.  Go Huskies.

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