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.
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.