This is a recurring theme at GTP, but Baylor coach and spread guru Art Briles makes an observation about college football offensive schemes that’s worth noting, Georgia fans:
The spread really took off in the college game early in the 2000s. Offenses enjoyed a lot of success for several seasons, but last year, it seemed like defenses found a way to at least slow down the spread. Do you think the spread is here to stay in college football, or will it be like the wishbone or West Coast offenses that were en vogue for a while before fading away?
I definitely think it will continue to change, but I also think it’s here to stay. I think the game has become a lot faster from the standpoint of putting people in space and letting them make plays. I don’t think that we’ll consistently see people lining up with a full house backfield, handing the ball to a guy who’s running downfield. I think that part of the game is definitely valuable. You can have some advantages doing that today, because people don’t recruit defensively to stop teams that pound the ball at you. [Emphasis added.] But I don’t think the spread offenses are going anywhere for a while.
I’m looking forward to seeing what a healthy offensive line along with a deep backfield can do with some of the smaller/lighter defensive fronts the Dawgs will see this season.