Ok... I guess I will play along...
Bash which season did you review to determine - "HSC won quite a few games in which they gave up plenty of yards/points... and still won by simply outscoring opponents".
They gave up 20 + points to 6 opponents - They gave up 30+ points to 3 opponents. My point. They had to score a bunch to win... a good percentage of their games
Only 3 teams had over 400 yards offense against HSC's defense last year. HSC lost one - Shenandoah, won one by 13 - W&L, and beat Maryville by 8. Maryville comes closest to your assessment (42-34) but even in that game both teams only scored once in the 2nd half.
Rushing the ball well is certainly a critical component to success. But against HSC it does not necessarily translate to success. HSC went 3-1 against teams that rushed for 200+ yards in 2013. They lost to Shenandoah. The 3 other teams were - W&L who was second in the nation in rushing averaging 347 per game. Maryville who was 8th averaging just over 300 and Randolph Macon who had All-American and All-time leading rusher in ODAC history Will McGhee (1676 yards last season). These 3 teams all had over 200 + yards rushing, all 3 had more time of possession, 2 of 3 had fewer turnovers, all 3 were held below their season rushing averages and ALL THREE LOST.
I contend that None of these teams had the Defense you will face on Saturday.
Wabash gave up 20 pts or more to (2) opponents. When HSC scored 25 or less pts in 2013.. they lost both games. The 5 Int's to CNU probably didn't help the scoring in that game much... Let's hope Nash is throwing a few on Saturday, we will gladly catch everyone he wants to throw our way.
You made it sound like they won in shootouts. They didn't. Last time I checked every football game in the history of football was won by "simply out scoring opponents."
My points are as valid as yours. When Wabash gave up more than 25 the lost too. Had you said first team to 25 wins I might agree.
A few Wildcats from Oregon might argue differently about your contention that "None of these teams had the Defense you will face on Saturday." Even if that statement is true, it's also a safe contention that last season Wabash did not face a defense as good as HSCs.
HSC is not like most teams. They seldom win time of possession, they often get out rushed, they typically turnover the ball more than their opponents, last year thru 7 games everyone held their breath on extra points because the kicker had missed about as many as he had made, but somehow like you pointed out they simply out score their opponents.