College Football: Big 12 offense (and defense) throughout the SEC
Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2022 1:29 am
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ole Miss Rebels played a game two weeks ago that looked familiar to fans of the Oklahoma Sooners and other Big 12 programs.The two teams combined for 111 points, nearly 1,400 yards in total offense and 68 first downs. Of the 21 drives in the game, the teams scored on 17 of them Marvin Mims Jersey, including 15 touchdowns. Every drive in the second half resulted in points for the offense. The Tide won 63-48 after forcing the Rebels to punt twice and settle for two field goals.It was like watching Baker Mayfield and Pat Mahomes duke it out back in the day. According to research from SEC teams have scored 40 points in a game 14 times in the first 4 weeks of the season.SEC teams scored 40 points in a conference game 20 times last season.Galina points out that the increased output coincides with SEC teams throwing the ball more and using heavy formations less. In his mind, the trend raises questions about long-held perceptions of teams and styles of play: EC defenses have been reeling to start the 2020 college football season, and it becoming fair to ask the question whether the issue in the Big 12 was actually a lack of defense or playing impossible-to-suppress offenses on a week-to-week basis.EC defenses good; Big 12 defenses LOL has been a thing for what seems like forever, and with good reason. For starters, SEC teams stockpile more talent than anywhere else in the country. It the same reason SEC teams have won 10 of the last 15 national championships. Naturally, they have superior players on the defensive side of the ball. From top to bottom, the Big 12 teams rosters don measure up.Even so, the preening about the quality of defensive play in the SEC always felt a little hollow to me since its teams just didn know how to quit conventional schemes and tactics on offense. It like the league offensive coordinators made a blood oath to take it easy on the Ds.Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY SportsBut now Air Raid guru Mike Leach is in year one at Mississippi State. New Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, who no slouch as an offensive tactician in his own right, hired Art Briles disciple Jeff Lebby as his offensive coordinator. First-year Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman went directly to the Briles family tree and hired Art son https://www.osoutletstore.com/Ralph_Rucker_Jersey-140, Kendal, to be his office coordinator. Missouri also went the offensive route with its latest hire in Eliah Drinkwitz of Appalachian State.Meanwhile, the LSU Tigers rolled to a national championship last year behind a wide-open offense that may go down as the best in the history of college football. Additionally, Saban has put Alabama in the vanguard of the league offensive revolution.While traditionalists may lament what football is becoming in the SEC, I more interested in seeing how programs adapt. To me, the prevailing dynamic in the Big 12 is simply that defending spread offenses every week is very difficult https://www.osoutletstore.com/Noah_Nelson_Jersey-67. Thus it better to be able to drop 45 points without breaking a sweat than to obsess too much over how to keep the other team out of the end zone.If the tectonic plates in the SEC are shifting that way too, it seems fair to ask: How much does playing good defense matter in college football anymore? Can programs get better returns by investing in adding more fuel to their offensive tanks, or are they better off devoting their limited resources to slowing down their opponents?Perhaps the SEC brain trust will come up with the formula for stopping the spread that has so far eluded Big 12 defensive coordinators. Don be surprised, though, if SEC programs decide to put even more emphasis on the offensive side of the ball in the near future.
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