With all this talk about which conference between the Big XII and the SEC is better, and, more to the point, what the relative offensive and defensive strengths of each conference are, Dennis Dodd asks someone who’s in a unique position to assess that – Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who last year held the same position at Auburn.
Specifically, Dodd asks Muschamp how his current defense would fare against Alabama. And Muschamp elects to dodge the question.
“That’s to debate for everybody. I don’t worry about that,” said Muschamp who came to Texas after becoming a defensive mastermind at LSU and Auburn. “I’m not looking to defend anything. I think it’s too quality of a league. There’s a different offensive flair in this league. There’s a different quarterback in this league.”
Not much of a response, so Dodd tries again, with the same results.
… Does that make the Big 12 better than the SEC?
“These spread offenses afford for you to score more points,” Muschamp said. “John Wooden said it a long time ago, ‘Offensively you can have an off night. Defensively, you can never have an off night.’ ”
Sixty-six points in two Big 12 games is relative — impressive but we’re still wondering how Muschamp’s D would do against the best in the SEC.
“We don’t play them,” Muschamp said. “We play Oklahoma State next. That’s all I know.”
Methinks he doth protest too little.