Q: Did you watch the Northwestern game?
Antwan Allen: Yeah. They're very impressive. Ever since last year. That's pretty much all you can say.
Q: Are we going to see some more Nickel packages this week with their spread offense?
Allen: I'm not sure, you'll have to ask the coaches about that one.
Q: Is this kind of a 3-week season at this point? You have bowl eligibility riding on this game, Big Ten season, things kind of start over after the bye week?
Allen: It's definitely a 3 week season. There is no bowl unless we can get eligible. That's out of our minds, it's just taking it one day at a time, going out and doing what we've got to do, showing up on Saturday.
Q: They've got such an explosive offense, especially the passing attack. How much does that put pressure on you guys to step up in the backfield?
Allen: It's a lot of pressure, but we have 7 other guys out there with us, so it's pressure on our whole defense as far as going out there and doing what we're supposed to do.
Q: What do you see out of Basanez?
Allen: He scrambles a lot, he's always constantly looking for a receiver, his receivers are always trying to get open. He throws a good ball. That's what I see.
Q: Have you faced him in your career?
Q: You guys always talk about the bye week, getting a lot of rest, getting healthy, but doesn't it also give you some more time to study the opponent?
Allen: Yeah, it gives us a little advantage, that extra week to prepare, everything like that.
Q: So you feel better prepared for this game?
Allen: You couldn't say that. I feel like I'm prepared every week. I'm not sure, I guess.
Q: Are these the type of weeks you like, as defensive backs? A team that's going to throw it all over the place?
Allen: I would say so. Any time you're a defensive back, you look forward to someone coming out and passing on you, where there's good receivers, whoever. Any time you get a chance where a ball is in the air, if you're a defensive back, you've got to like it.
Q: What are the keys against this Northwestern team, to slowing them down? Maybe something you saw from what Michigan was able to do?
Allen: At this point, I'm not sure.
Q: Is it somewhat of a surprise how well Basanez has played this year?
Allen: No, I don't think it's a surprise. I mean, if you look at last year, I felt like they played good. With them coming back, doing what they're doing this year, it's no surprise to me.
Antwan Allen discusses the challenges and excitement of playing the spread offense in this premium interview transcript.
Antwan Allen met briefly with the media following Tuesday's press conference.