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Scipio Tex: Iowa State Postmortem – defense/special teams

I'll begin with special teams. Despite the positives of Chris Naggar's punting in tough wind conditions, this unit once again showed itself to be poorly coached and led, most glaringly in situational football. There is no single voice with ultimate authority for that unit in-game, which means that smart football isn't being coached or reinforced to players who do not grasp the game situation or are simply caught up in the emotion of the moment. Most players (and fans) can only see the game in terms of an individual making a play. Coaches exist to remind them of the value of doing your job or the larger game context.
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Scipio Tex: Iowa State Preview

Iowa State might be the best 5-4 football team in the country. They've lost 4 games by a total of 11 points. They average 6.9 yards per play on offense and surrender only 5.2 yards per play on defense. For comparison's sake, that +1.7 yards per play differential contrasts tellingly to 6-3 Texas at -0.1. For the record, undefeated LSU is at +2.5.