The Tigers like their offense and they ain’t backing down.
… While the Tigers have been asked if they can adapt, Yost wonders if the SEC can adapt. Not a lot of spread has been used in this league, and even Urban Meyer’s spread at Florida showed a lot of power plays with physical QB Tim Tebow. Auburn was much more spread out, but Yost said this will be different.
“We will be a spread team and we will try to give people fits in different ways than how other people do it,” Yost said.
“There’s not a lot of what we do happening in that league right now. It’s a change for us going against new people, but it’s also a change for them for what they’re going to see because we’re different and we’re different in how we do it.”
I like the bravado. And it may not be false, at least not based on last year’s split stats, which are remarkably consistent. More interestingly, Texas, which had a former SEC defensive coordinator in Manny Diaz running the show, did slow Missouri down somewhat, holding it about 140 yards under its season average, but the Tigers still averaged almost five yards per play.
That being said, it was just one game against the eleventh ranked defense in the country. The second best defense Missouri saw was 49th ranked North Carolina. This season, the Tigers will square off against three teams in their own division with higher ranked defenses than Texas had and a fourth in Vanderbilt that finished eighteenth nationally. That’s not exactly a walk in the park.
And that’s the thing. It’s the week after week grind that the Tigers haven’t experienced. We’ll see how confident a bunch they remain as they slog through the schedule.