We don't have playmakers on the outside and they drop balls, we don't have a consistent RB, OL does not move people off the ball and we don't have a single All-B10 performer (maybe Lewan), so I will play devils advocate and ask, how is the Offense MUCH more talented than the Defense?
You are describing play and not talent.
We're not dropping balls because of a lack of talent, the receivers aren't playing well. Fitz has gone from a 1,000yd back to a guy averaging 45yds a game. Believe or not but our run blocking has actually gotten worse than it was in some early games (we did a better job of run blocking against ND than we're doing right now).
The production level right now makes it seem as if we have no talent on offense but it's not close to true. I`m not going to argue that we're dripping with talent but we have more than enough to consistently score. We have the same WR core that consistently ran free through the Alabama secondary. Between Funchess and DG we have big, athletic guys who can make plays on the ball in the air. If used properly Gallon, Rountree, and Dileo can cause nightmares in the slot. We've seen Roy rack up 900yds from the slot, he didn't suddenly lose his talent in the last 2 years. Fitz didn't suddenly lose his ability to cut and accelerated, his physical skills haven't diminished. The line has taken a lot of grief for their play and rightfully so, but is it a talent issue? The OL doesn't blow people off the ball but then are they suppose to be able to? More importantly, after 2 years shouldn't they have developed to the point where they can at least marginally run block?
Which brings us to the defense and the contrast between what's going on with the offense and defense. We forget how HORRIBLE we were in run defense at the start of the year. We forget that we have a converted guard and a career underachiever at DT who were getting whipped in the trenches. We forget that we took a rush end who couldn't handle 1 on 1 blocks through the first 3 years of his career and moved him to SDE where his job is to eat double teams. We forget that we have no consistent pass rusher coming off the edge. The difference between the offensive and defensive line is not talent. Campbell, Q.Wash, and Roh didn't suddenly receive an infusion of talent in week 3. Morgan and Kenny Demens didn't suddenly go from eating blocks and missing tackles to making plays because they took a swig of secret stuff. Its development and progression and the exact OPPOSITE of what's going on on the offensive side of the ball.
Run defense was THE major weakness of the defensive coming into the year, and through the first few games. It is now the strength of the defense. We bemoan the loss of Molk (which has been overstated IMO) but forget we lost Martin, RVB, and
Will Heininger off the D-line. If you think the loss of Molk was that impactful, wait until next year when we've lost 4 of 5 starters on the O-line and are starting a crop of redshirt freshmen and a 275lb center.