The only thing hotter than the new offensive trends in college football is talking about the new trends, as the focus on the subject was started here at Heismanpundit over the summer, then spread to Sports Illustrated and now the ball has been picked up by ESPN thanks to Pat Forde.
Popular football theory says the running game is paramount, but look at the NCAA numbers from 2004. The top seven teams in passing efficiency had an average record of 11-1 and six were ranked in the final Top 25 — five in the top 10.
In the Woody-and-Bo days, coaches solemnly said that three things could happen when you threw the ball, and two of them were bad. (In fact, this is one of the game’s earliest coaching clich?s.) Funny thing: Petrino, architect of one of the elite passing offenses in the country, used to hear that very bromide from his dad.
His dad must be coaching in a certain conference we all know and love. But seriously, Forde’s story about the evolution of passing offenses contains a lot of what we have been saying for a while here.
The question is, when will the MSM see the bigger picture, which is how these new trends are going to affect the balance of power in college football?