The Spread Rules

Check out this story by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach on the evolution of the spread offense.

It reminds me a lot of what I wrote waaaay back in 2005:

This is why I’ve thought for a while now that the introduction of the Urban Meyer spread option to Florida will have a profound effect on the SEC and hence college football. The spread option has, until now, not been run by a team with a lot of talent. Like BYU’s system, it was very effective at a Mountain West Conference school. Now, it will be run with all the talent at Florida’s disposal, which makes one wonder if it will eventually have the same effect that Norm Chow’s offense had at USC…

What’s more interesting is how the SEC will respond if the Meyer system turns out to be a hit. The SEC has the best athletes in college football. As good as the elite teams in the SEC are now with those athletes, how good would they be with multi-faceted, multi-pronged offenses showcasing that talent?


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2 Responses to The Spread Rules

  1. Scott July 21, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    you got pwned:


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