Welcome to the SEC, boys.

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.

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4 responses to “Welcome to the SEC, boys.

  1. justin

    The ’85 Bears and ’08 Steelers aren’t walking onto these fields.

    Very quickly, just remember 4 games into their new scheme what WVU did to LSU (530+ total yards, 460+ passing) — and suddenly, they aren’t so scary. Limit mistakes and turnovers, something WVU did not do well that night, and they’re quite beatable.

    • Puffdawg

      Context. WVU scored 17 points less than their season average against LSU. They were passing the whole game to play catch up. That tends to happen when you’re down by three touchdowns at halftime.

  2. Cojones

    Shall we say that we all are titillated? We could dub it the “tit” factor, i.e., who’s got the tit this week , who’s on the tit, _team stepped on their tit this week, A&M’s going to play, sore tit and all. It can be the new cheer for the new alignment.

    The new members do place a little mystery factor in the playbooks this Fall. Studying Mizzou must look a bit like our NATS friend’s Johnnson. A&M on the other hand may be like replaying Boise St if we played them. Or recreate the “Fun and Gun” nightmare.

    Because of their competition, both teams could ramp up their D and surprise the hell out of everyone by pounding the ball through the line. Like Mexican judo, “Judo know, jugess don’ know”.

  3. hmm…what WVU did to LSU? let’s se…WVU got their ass handed to them 47-21…stastics, damned stastics and lies. Scoreboard is what counts.