My recent book, Flyover Football…
…begins with Clemson’s victory over Alabama in the 2018 National Championship game. It explains why Clemson’s emphasis on spread passing allowed them to win the day over Alabama with their own powerhouse offense and NFL talents.
From there I told the story of how and why the spread offense really developed within the Big 12 conference.
The book ends with an explanation of Iowa State’s inverted Tampa 2 and why it will necessarily be part of the solution for these spread offenses, because it’s designed to deal with them rather than being adapted to stop them out of a different scheme.
In round one of the recent playoffs we saw the LSU Tigers, who embraced “Flyover football” in the offseason by hiring Joe Brady to install a pro-spread offense before completely dominating the vaunted SEC, completely blowout Oklahoma and beat them at their own game in a 63-28 bloodletting.
On the other side of the bracket, Clemson had to deal with Ohio State’s NFL-rich roster and smashmouth spread designs that had seen Justin Fields throw for 40 touchdowns and a single INT all season. They also had to do so without their four starting DL from the 2018 championship squad that were all drafted by the NFL. So Brent Venables turned to the inverted Tampa 2, 3-2-6 scheme he’d learned in Ames from the Iowa State staff in the offseason. After an early 16-0 start by the Buckeyes, Clemson switched from their 4-2-5 quarters D to the 3-2-6 IT2 and proceeded to come back and win 29-23.
At the risk of sounding immodest, my book has proven to be fantastically prescient about the direction of college football. Pick it up now with your Amazon gift cards or the check you got from more distant relatives for Christmas!