On one hand it’s rather disappointing that neither Washington nor Ohio State were able to provide Clemson or Alabama with enough of a challenge to give us a good game. On the other hand, I was exhausted from traveling with an 18-month old anyways so I can’t complain that I was able to fall asleep … [Read more…]
If Washington can’t stop the QB-read run game for Alabama, this game won’t be much fun to watch. Check out my preview on how that will go down over at SB Nation.
These playoffs are pretty intriguing and I’m looking forward to taking them in much more than a year ago when the Bama-Michigan State game was foolishly broadcast on New Year’s Eve when we were all trying to party. Alabama vs Washington might be similarly lopsided, but at least the timing will be better. More on … [Read more…]
At SB Nation I broke down the Citrus Bowl matchup, which I’ve characterized as basically being Lamar Jackson vs Derrius Guice. Check out that post for a glimpse of the big time battle between Dave Aranda and his LSU D vs Bobby Petrino and the option attack he installed for Lamar Jackson. I also discuss … [Read more…]
Generally teams spend much of their bowl practices nailing down what they’ll need to win their bowl game…but two weeks is a long time and most coaches can’t help but get some basic install and work in with their younger players. For a game like Florida State vs Michigan, the ‘Noles are going to want … [Read more…]
Over at Vice Sports I penned a piece on why it is that three out of the four playoff teams are led by running quarterbacks. The key pieces are these: Spread-option tactics are really taking off right now as offensive coordinators are finding that there isn’t really a running scheme that exists which you can’t … [Read more…]
Over at Football Study Hall I explained why your team’s new head coach (or next head coach) is from the AAC.
This past offseason I wrote a column detailing how Jon Moorhead’s spread offense was going to something to watch out for up at State College. Moorhead was previously the head coach of Fordham, a competitive FCS program, but he took the opportunity to prove his offensive acumen in the land of the Big 10. He did … [Read more…]
Football is war! Not really though, and you’ll often see people get in trouble for comparing the sacrifices made on the gridiron to the incomparable sacrifices that have to be made in a war. “Politics by other means” is a ruthless, horrible process in which anything could be on the table because everything could be … [Read more…]
I started up sportstreatise.blogspot.com back in 2014 to serve as a haven for the articles I was writing at SBNation.com, Football Study Hall, and Inside Texas but also to push some original content that centered around my interests in the Big 12, macro-level college football strategy, and macro-level trends across the world of sports in general. … [Read more…]