BOOK SPOILER ALERT: Elon Sucks
Yeah I know the homecoming theme is the Big Apple…but that’s just way too nerdy so I went with Harry Potter instead. Hey if we keep playing like we did last week we might just end up being the Lord of the Rings!…Ok that was bad. I apologize.
So here we are. We’ve beaten Montana, Chattanooga, and Coastal Carolina. But we’ve lost to ECU and The Citadel.
Elon has basically won all of the games they was supposed to win and lost all of the games they were supposed to lose. They beat NC Central & D-II West Virginia State. They lost to UNC, Georgia Southern, and Wofford. They are essentially out of the conference championship race at this point. But they still have a shot at the playoffs if they win out (doubt it).
Elon’s head coach has suffered from some health problems this season. But he was back to coaching last week against Wofford and is expected to coach this week as well.
Elon has been known for their passing attack. They currently rank 30th in the country in passing offense (72nd in total offense). They’ve been trying to run the ball more this year though, with marginal success. I definitely expect us to be able to stop the run. If we are able to stop the pass, we should be in good shape. But in the last 2 weeks against top SoCon competition they put up 23 & 24 points and I expect them to put up similar to slightly lower numbers against us.
Here is their weakness. They allowed UNC to put up 62 points. Last week they let Wofford put up 49. Hell, even D-II West Virginia State was able to rack up 2 touchdowns on them. To be specific, they can’t stop the run. These stats could have been skewed from playing 2 triple option running offenses so far, but they’re ranked 108th in the country in rushing defense. It will be interesting to see how they handle our spread option.
Elon is only averaging 30yds a punt, but I don’t expect it to be field position battle anyway. Their defense won’t be able to stop us. Their offense will likely score a time or two, but nothing we can’t handle. We just need to make sure the turnover bug doesn’t pop its head up again and we’ll have ourselves a nice homecoming.