So I did these last year, been slacking thus far so I thought I would resurrect this series.
- Make J.W. Walsh prove he can complete a pass to a receiver who's beyond 14yds away from the line of scrimmage. Oh and coach Hayes, just because Walsh might not necessarily have a down field arm, that doesn't mean playing 15yds off the receivers "works" because you kept the play in front of you. Move your DBs up, please! We'll take 7yd off the line of scrimmage. But whatever you do tackle in space. If Walsh can't complete a pass to a receiver over 14yds down field, keep in mind the defense will also have to respect his running ability.
- Speaking of the defense, let's use 29.5 points as the magical number. If K-State leaves Stillwater with a victory it's likely the defense held Oklahoma State below that. All other scenarios probably show more points on the scoreboard than that for the Pokes.
- Oh wait, are we still talking defense? Yes. Was Rome built in a day? No. We don't need improvement clear across the board, but we must see significant improvement from one unit (DL, LBs, or DBs & safeties) in this game.
- @Probably didn't see this coming@, but we need a decent K-State Factor* Score.
K-State Factor: A phrase coined by the EMAWdio guys last season(2012) that looks at how the team excels in limiting turnovers and penalties and scoring on special teams. This year it was turned into a statistical metric. Where you Subtract the number of penalties from the amount of points scored on speacial teams^ and add the turnover margin.
^A missed FG is considered -3 points. If KSU blocks a FG, they get +3 as well (UMASS game). PATs of an offensive or defensive touchdown are not included, but PATs from special teams do count.
Here's the K-State factor from all of the games this year:
NDSU: 0 (ST pts) - 0 (penalties) - 1 (TO margin) = -1
LaLa: 13 (ST pts) - 0 (penalties) - 1 (TO margin) = 12
UMASS: 6 (ST pts) - 1 (penalty) + 0 (TO margin) = 2
@Texas: 0 (ST pts) - 5 (penalties) - 3 (TO margin) = -8