“If I was Bob, I would say the same thing.”

Boom, who’s coached in both conferences, had this to say about the recent spate of Big 12 braggadocio about the SEC:

But Muschamp, who led the Gators to an 11-2 record last season, made it clear that he sees a fundamental difference between the pass-happy Big 12 and the more physical nature of the SEC, the league that has produced the last seven BCS national champions. That difference, said Muschamp, makes it difficult for finesse teams to match up against SEC foes that feature a downhill, two-back running game.

In the SEC, that is the majority of the title contenders.

“The thing about our league that I think is a little different is you have to prepare for the two-back set. You can’t do that in a week,” Muschamp said. “That’s a physical style of play. You’ve got to understand how to fit the power, the counter, the direct runs, the north and south runs, which are an issue if you haven’t done it and your guys aren’t used to it. I think you saw us wear some people down last year because of our physical style of play.”

In the Big 12, where the majority of teams rely on one-back spread offenses, the power running game is less prevalent. Wide-open passing games keep “constant pressure on the defense” and create plenty of headaches, Muschamp said. But they make for an easier weekly defensive adjustment than a power running game, in Muschamp’s estimation, if that is not a team’s base offense.

I do think we’re at a point now where there is more offensive diversity in the SEC than there is in the Big 12.  Some of that, ironically, is due to the SEC being a bigger conference.  (It’s ironic because Stoops’ argument that his conference is better balanced than the SEC gets its strength from the fact that it has four fewer teams.)  There’s also some irony in that two SEC teams – Kentucky and Texas A&M – are running spread attack offenses straight out of the Big 12 from where their coaches came.

I don’t know if that alone makes the SEC the better conference, but I do agree that it poses a bigger challenge for SEC defensive coordinators over the length of a season.  Of course, that’s not exactly an entirely new observation.


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6 responses to ““If I was Bob, I would say the same thing.”

  1. heyberto

    Boom is a good position coach for sure, and I agree with him here (not that I’m one that anyone should listen to when it comes to x’s and o’s).. I get the offensive ‘quality’ argument of the Big 12 compared to the SEC’s defensive quality… but for me it’s much more simple than he puts it. Most years, I’d much rather have a great defense that can grind as opposed to a high powered offense. UGA has been the opposite of that, but the defense is good enough. It just amazes me how those Big 12 defenses just can’t hold up when the SEC best goes head to head with their best, but maybe it is the fundamentals of the schemes they see during the regular season that have kept them looking up at the SEC the past few years. It’s an interesting argument for sure, and I’d love to see it debated further.


  2. mdcgtp

    I think pace and space are designed to be equalizers. They are the equivalent of a David/Goliath strategies where the underdog recognizing that trying to defeat a superior opponent using conventional means is less likely to yield victory than taking risks. I don’t think it is more complex than that. While one could point to Meyer/Mullen at UF, I would argue that they decision to run the offense they did was a function of the fact that they were among the innovators in spread option offense. Ultimately, having Tebow made the whole thing work well for them. More broadly, there are very valuable aspects to the offense and the pace and guys like Briles are genuinely innovative, but I tend to believe a balanced offense with a traditional running game (read between the tackles as opposed to zone read) represents the most likely path to a title in the SEC (unless you have a Manziel, Newton, or Tebow).


  3. WillTrane

    Now let’s see. Who is the OC for Coach Boom. Did not that coach come out of a spread attack. When you have a Manziel, Newton, and Tebow [all QB position] in that formation with power lines [look at the UF line sets last year] in essence you are very close to a two back set. Only Bama and LSU run power run plays because they have a roster of linemen and OL coach to get it done. But I’d be very cautious about UF’s running game in 2013 with their QB and OC….11-2 is a very good record in the SEC.
    J Clowney says Murray is on of three QBs who are afraid of him … can see the fear in their eyes. Not good. Probably many would agree with him. Let’s see what AM says about that at media days.


    • stoopnagle

      I figure that they guy who got up after getting blindsided in the head by Quinton Dial and marched his team down the field against Alabama is probably not scared of Jadevon Clowney. As good as JC is.


    • Cojones

      Driskel says it worked that way for Jarvis.


  4. 66DAWGnNC

    From my perspective the one thing that separates the SEC from the Big 12 is up front on the D Line. Most O’s in the B12 have O Linemen in the 6’2″ – 6’6″ range and around 260-280 pounds; small, quick types. In the SEC the D Linemen are anywhere from 6’4″ – 6’7″ and around 280-300+. Not only is size a difference, but speed as well. These SEC D Linemen can run almost as fast as the RB’s and are just as athletic. So, not only is the opposing D being worn out by the downhill running of the power teams; their O is being worn out by a big, fast D throughout the game as well. Does this mean the SEC wins every time they play a B12 team? Certainly not. But, if you put the O & D linemen of the 10 B12 teams on an unmarked bus and did the same for any 10 SEC teams and had a group of 100 unbiased, non-football people give them an eye test, I would imagine around 75 would be more awed by the SEC athletes, especially if they ran a few drills.