This was the first full class for new head coach Matt Campbell and a good glimpse at whether he’s aiming to make Iowa State “the midwestern program” of the Big 12 and how he plans to get after the rest of the league. The class includes 12 midwestern kids of the 24 signed and then … [Read more…]
This is a massive, annual project I like to take on every year and this will be the fourth time I’ve done it. You can find last year’s class breakdowns at sportstreatise.blogspot.com and the previous two years’ worth at Inside Texas on the message board. Before we begin, take time to check out my post on … [Read more…]
Over at Football Study Hall I suggest “the offense formerly known as pro-style” as a moniker for these offenses that go under center and use fullbacks and tight ends to run the ball since the pros are moving further and further away from this style.
At Football Study Hall I explained how Clemson has revealed the right way to beat Bama.
A few weeks back I explained in my column at Football Study Hall “why your team’s new head coach is from the AAC.” Matt Rhule, Tom Herman, and Willie Taggart all used successful stints in the league as launching pads to the Baylor, Texas, and Oregon jobs respectively. AAC football is a wonderful thing and the … [Read more…]
Back in early November, it leaked out to the media that Phil Knight would pay upwards of $10 million per year for the next head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Of course they hadn’t even announced that Mark Helfrich wouldn’t be retained at that point so that might also have been a power move to … [Read more…]
Over at Football Study Hall I took a stab at updating my theories on the value of the fullback in modern offense. I think Gus Malzahn is largely to credit for the rise of the H-back who’s a de-facto fullback, I like to call this position the “Hammer-back.” It used to be that 4-verticals was the … [Read more…]
I’m slowly starting to begin my breakdowns of every 2017 Big 12 recruiting class. Normally I haven’t even begun it yet so we’re ahead of schedule so far. There’s often a lot of late movement and additions but JUCO signing day is over and early enrollees are increasingly prevalent so many teams have already made … [Read more…]
The hires of Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie transformed TCU football back in 2014. The combination of Meacham’s Air Raid install and Cumbie’s QB training developed Trevone Boykin into arguably the best player in the Big 12 and fueled a 23-3 run over 2014 and 2015 that have been the high water mark for Patterson’s … [Read more…]
Notre Dame hopped aboard the spread offense much more quickly than many other blue blood powers but it’s taken them longer than many to adopt RPOs in their offense. Well it looks like that’ll no longer be the case with the hiring of new OC Chip Long from Memphis. I broke down some of Memphis’ offensive … [Read more…]