Tony Nicolette from D2football.com breaks down Chargers and Falcons as well as the rest of the league's Week 4 action.
#15 Hillsdale (2-1) at Notre Dame (1-2)
For me, the primary story here is to see just what the heck Notre Dame
will do on offense. After two weeks of moving the ball virtually at
will, the Falcons didn't do squat in week three. While I absolutely
give credit to Northwood's defense for their hand in that, I'm not
entirely certain that it was solely the work of the Woodies that netted
such a result. I mean, no offense to them but their rep over the last
couple of years has not exactly been that of a team that will hold the
nation's leading rusher to 64 yards and relegate a hard-running club to
throwing the ball for half of the game or more. So, will the Falcons be
able to move the ball on the ground against Hillsdale? With the youth
of the Hillsdale front there should be some room for Pedro Powell, but
given that Hillsdale as struggled more so this year in defending the
pass, going to the air with Ray Russ might be what NDC chooses to do.
Watch out for Powell to possibly have a low number game again, but for
the Falcons to potentially have more success overall on offense.
While we sit and wonder whether or not the Notre Dame offense will be
able to regain its effectiveness, one thing I'm about 99% sure of is
that the Falcon defense isn't likely to lend much of a hand. To this
point, they just have not shown the ability to consistently get stops.
They have forced only five total punts in three games, and the eight
turnovers they have generated thus far all came in the opener against
Mercyhurst. The NDC defense is allowing 58 points per game, and really
has not shown the ability to shut down anyone they have faced thus far.
While Hillsdale might not be able to shut down the Falcon offense
completely, the Chargers should have no issues moving the ball at will.
Any attempts by NDC to possibly try and "shorten" the game really won't
work, as Hillsdale likes to be efficient and limit offensive
possessions anyway. Unless Hillsdale commits an uncharacteristically
high number of turnovers, I'm having a hard time seeing the Falcons
being in this at crunch time. Hillsdale 50, Notre Dame 28.
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