In the middle of their total meltdown against Trine that I was able to watch before Albion blocked their game archive, Albion's broadcast guys mentioned more than once that "now is a good time for something deep off of play action". If this is a big part of what they do, I'll be interested to see if they give it a try. Play action bombing is/was a big part of DePauw's offense and they didn't even try it against Wabash.
Two issues with playaction against the Wabash defense: 1) You have to protect it long enough, which when you show run action and that front 6 starts flying upfield, is gonna be a pretty tough task. 2) While Austin Brown (the SS) is Wabash's leading tackler, Cmehil (the FS) is the 12th leading tackler. You aren't gonna run by him anyway. He's not a run player. After watching the game Saturday, I see why that got shelved for DePauw. It's a huge part of DePauw's offense. They didn't call it once.
I think the game plan to beat Wabash is to try to be as efficient as possible in the quick passing game. If you can complete 55%+ (which DePauw could have done if Hunt wasn't throwing it over everybody's head in the first half) and run it at 4 per carry (which DePauw did do) you've got a chance to stay ahead of the chains. 2nd & 3rd and long is where turnovers live, and that's going to bury Albion if it happens.
I think Albion probably scores more Saturday than anybody has scored on Wabash to this point, which isn't that hard. They need 19 to do it. But, as I told wally the other day, Zurek may run for more this week than he did last week. Albion's D is not good. To quote Nick Saban, people run through them like **** through a tin horn. Wabash has to shorten the game. Run the ball. Limit Albion's possessions. Keep them in the area of 9-10 possessions instead of 14-15. DePauw had 10 possessions last week, which isn't enough to win against that defense.
One final thought on shallow cross - not sure how many different ways Albion runs it, because you've got a few options. Some of them can really screw you. We run it from trips and it's one of our best passing plays.
This is typically called the "drive" concept, but you can see it's very similar. It's a similar read for the QB. I actually think it's easier because you don't have to read defenders (or find your receivers) going in opposite directions. Also, you're forcing the D to play you in their normal trips look. You really can't vary what you do defensively to trips very much. You've got to cover them with at least 3 in way or another and still play at least 5 1/2 in the box if the O is in 1 back. The read for the QB in that drawing is the M right thru to the SS. Easy read. He never has to look opposite if he doesn't want it. A Cover 2 safety is in big trouble there. Either has to sink with the post or sit on the 12 yard dig. He can't be right. A cover 4 safety isn't ever coming up on the dig anyway. So the dig is almost always good. Our QB completed 75% of his passes to the dig for 16 yards PER ATTEMPT in 2014, which is insane. We were so good at it that people just ran a backer right to the dig when we were in trips this year. Totally vacated the #2 slant/hitch area and ran that playside backer to 12 yards and sat him down.
It can cause you big problems defensively. Especially when you don't see a lot of it. Shallow cross & its variants was a big thing like 5 years ago, mostly because of how good Az St was at it. Like most things, it's kind of gone away except for the teams that really commit to it. Now everybody is on power read & run/pass option stuff.
I'm excited to watch this thing Saturday. Really excited to see what BJ Hammer has planned for them. Weather will probably be an issue. Wet, cold footballs are no fun to throw. And it'll be windy as heck. Zurek coming', y'all.