Big Ten Football Preview Keys To Every Team: Offense

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Big Ten Football Preview Keys To Every Team: Offense

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Big Ten Football Preview Keys To Every Team: Offense


Biggest Key To The Penn State Nittany Lions Offense

It really would be nice if the passing game could be more accurate. It was effective with Sean Clifford at the helm, but in a day and age when hitting 60% of throws is just okay, completing 58.8% of throws isn’t good enough.

But that’s been Penn State. Before Clifford, Trace McSorley was a gamer, but he wasn’t all that accurate – the Nittany Lion offense only hit 60% or more once in the last ten years.

The downfield plays were there under Clifford, and there weren’t that many problems on third downs, but take the completion percentage to at least a pedestrian 63ish% on a consistent basis, and things might be even smoother for an already good offense.

Biggest Key To The Purdue Boilermakers Offense

As long as there’s a healthy and effective quarterback, and as long as Rondale Moore is Rondale Moore again for the receiving corps, the Boilermakers will spend more of their time traveling by air. However, there has to be something happening with the ground game.

Purdue will never be Wisconsin when it comes to grinding it out, but it didn’t even get to 1,000 yards last year – 999 isn’t 1,000 – and averaged fewer than three yards per carry.

It’s the average that matters. The total yards aren’t that big a deal if the passing game is doing its thing, but get to over four yards per carry and everything should be okay.

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