Paul Johnson asks what sounds like a fair question about his version of the triple option:
“We played 30 some BCS schools when we were at Navy,” Johnson said. “If it worked at Navy, why wouldn’t it work here?”
So how well did it work at Navy? Here’s Navy’s record against BCS conference opponents over the last five seasons:
- 2007: 3-2, 37.6 ppg
- 2006: 3-3, 22.2 ppg
- 2005: 1-4, 25.6 ppg
- 2004: 3-1, 29.8 ppg
- 2003: 1-3, 25.5 ppg
Overall, that translates into an 11-13 record, and a 28 ppg average. Both of which are certainly credible marks, considering the type of athlete Navy put on the field during that time.
During that time, Johnson’s teams went 4-3 against the ACC, but that’s a little misleading, as all four wins came against Duke.
He’s certainly going to be able to deploy better players at Tech than he did at Navy (particularly on defense), but he’s also going to see more BCS-caliber defenses than he did before, too. Depth, as it usually is, will be the key – which doesn’t bode well for Tech’s chances in ’08.