Check out this chart from Tony Barnhart’s piece on what Missouri’s and TAMU’s offenses have to look forward to this season:
SEC’s Top 10 defenses in 2011 Ranking Team Yards per game Returning starters No. 1 Alabama 183.86 5 No. 2 LSU 261.50 5 No. 3 S. Carolina 267.69 6 No. 5 Georgia 277.21 10 No. 8 Florida 299.54 10
As Barnhart notes, Missouri plays four of those teams this season. Texas A&M will see three of them. Should be fun. The offensive coordinators for both schools know they’ll have to scheme like crazy to handle the pressure.
“We have to do what we do best, but we won’t be able to throw it 60 or 70 times per game,” said Kingsbury, whose team opens SEC play by hosting Florida on Sept. 8. “We’ll have to be creative in some of the things that we do.”
The problem, in a nutshell, said Yost, is that SEC defenses are too big to move and too fast to outrun.
“What we try to do is put people in space and to get the defense in positions they don’t want to be in,” said Yost. “Based on what I’ve seen there are very few SEC offenses that can just blow people off the ball and run it. The defenses are too good.”
What the article doesn’t address is how well the defenses for those two teams can keep pace with other SEC defenses do. I’m really intrigued by how this will all play out this season.