I speculated around this point over at SB Nation. It’s obviously very difficult to know the answer, just as it’s hard to really know whether one of the better Boise, TCU, or Utah teams of the past that went undefeated might have been able to win a playoff. The committee is designed to give everyone … [Read more…]
Just published over at Football Study Hall. This is perhaps especially true in the Big 12, where dime defense is taking over. The jig is up for four-wide offense, unless you’re playing against Mike Stoops.
There have been a few interesting developments in the world of college football. Lots of players are choosing to forego bowl games and jump into the NFL. There are even players that are jumping early despite lower draft grades. Why? Because it’s all about the second contract and getting there while you still have your … [Read more…]
There’s not a lot of evidence that I’m particularly good at picking the playoff teams. Maybe no one is, but my track record isn’t great. Last year I apparently picked Michigan, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida State. FSU got derailed early by injuries and Francois wasn’t as good as I expected. Michigan was a solid pick but … [Read more…]
I wrote a big piece on that is now up at SB Nation as part of our preseason preview. Going into that piece I figured I more or less knew the subject matter like the back of my hand since the emergence of the nickel defense is something that has defined the game since I … [Read more…]
There’s a lot to this story that’s pretty fun and interesting beyond the “FCS champions/powerhouse upset P5 blueblood on their own field!” if that wasn’t enough to make this one of the more compelling games in history. I broke it all down with some help from then QB coach and current App State head coach … [Read more…]
Bobby Petrino’s old offense is starting to fall out of date and he just doesn’t quite seem to realize it. In the past his system combined two-back, downhill running plays with what is now modern pro-style offense featuring concept, dropback passing and 11 personnel sets. Then he returned to Louisville and found himself with one … [Read more…]
My man Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) has made it to the upper tiers of the 2017 Big 10 in his annual preview of every single team in college football. If you don’t track this series every year I don’t really know what’s wrong with you because it’s a fantastic, ongoing stat-based historical of every team in … [Read more…]
Everyone runs the spread now. Well, almost everyone, it’s totally ubiquitous across the game of football, including at the higher levels. The question for major programs is now whether to run a pro-style spread or a college-style spread. I explain over at Football Study Hall.
My man @The_Coach_A from matchquarters.com did the coaching world a service and summarized a modern, anti-spread defensive philosophy in his new book: I’ll confess, I opted for the Kindle version, which still reads really easily but is perhaps a tad less useful for sharing for coaches that would want their staff to read this book. … [Read more…]