The one part of SEC expansion I don’t mind.

Okay, okay, so I’m not exactly thrilled with the latest round of SEC expansion.  But Missouri and TAMU folks, please understand – it’s not about you.  In fact, I admit there’s something coming that absolutely intrigues me, and that’s the bit about how your teams’ offenses are going to fare in the rough and tumble of a conference known for its defensive prowess.

David Paschall has a good introduction to this here.  As he put it in his introduction,

Missouri and Texas A&M finished last year ranked among the top dozen college football teams in total offense.

Now they’re in the Southeastern Conference, a league renowned for stingy defense. After all, Alabama and LSU played each other for eight quarters last season before an official signaled a touchdown.

Culture clash!

We may get some answers to the debate on whether it’s the Big 12 defenses that make the Big 12 offenses so potent and vice versa as to the SEC.  I’m looking forward to that.  One thing’s for sure, and that’s in this regard, at least, that this expansion is very different from the one in 1992:

Bracing for potent offenses was hardly a concern during the SEC’s last expansion in 1992, when Arkansas and South Carolina arrived and averaged 16 and 15 points per game. The new Tigers and Aggies certainly would ensure successful debuts by compiling offensive numbers anywhere close to what they did a year ago.


Filed under SEC Football, Strategery And Mechanics

8 responses to “The one part of SEC expansion I don’t mind.

  1. Lrgk9

    Over the course of a season, without a GPOE, those numbers will not hold up in the SEC.


  2. I wanna Red Cup

    I think both new schools are going to put up BIG numbers against everyone but the top 2-3 defenses in the conference. Sound familiar?


  3. Hilton Head Dawg

    I think that Mizzou will have success this season in the East. They have enough offense to hang with anyone on their side of the conference. The early season game with us will go along way to determining what type of season they will have. We need to win this game in a huge way! GATA!


  4. Tybee > Hilton Head…Go Dawgs


  5. DawgPhan

    any success they have on offense will be fleeting. TAMU and MIZZOU will be talking about ESSS-EEE-SEEE SPEED BABY! in the next 2 years and coveting thy neighbors giant fleet of foot DL.