With an experienced back in Le'Veon Bell and an offensive line that might be the best of your tenure, will you rely more heavily on the run game?
MD: No, we always try to be balanced. You get in situations where if you're behind, you throw a little bit more. To be successful, we have to be able to do both.
The no-huddle is becoming more prevalent in the Big Ten. How challenging is it for defenses, yours included, to adjust?
MD: Defenses are catching up. Our staff and players are doing a great job. Bottom line, it comes down to: Are you schematically correct? Can you tackle well? Can you pressure the quarterback? If you've got a hurry-up offense and you're not making gains, you don't have the ball very long.
SI: YOU'VE COME CLOSE TO THE ROSE BOWL. WERE THE LAST FEW YEARS BREAKTHROUGHS OR DISAPPOINTMENTS?
MD: SOME COMBINATION THEREOF. IF YOU END UP IN THE TOP 10, YOU'RE MAKING STRIDES. BUT WE CAME UP SHORT. UNTIL WE GET TO THE ROSE BOWL, THAT WILL BE THE FEELING.
What makes this group special?
MD: We've got good players, and more than that, we've got great chemistry. We've got a good blend of older and younger players, and our guys will pick up and lead. They understand we've been successful because of the chemistry here.