… All but one SEC team averaged more than 360 yards per game last year; eight averaged more than 400, and Mississippi State averaged a staggering 513. But Danielson wonders if the conference might be starting to sell its soul for shiny silver.
“The big advantage the SEC had against other conferences was they were the most physical, NFL-like conference there was,” he said. “If they try to morph too much into becoming a fantasy league, they are going to cede their position as the toughest and best conference in college football.”
In case you can’t tell, the man really doesn’t like the spread.
“You go into a room, you meet with athletic directors, you can wow them by putting the spread on the board, show them how you’re going to run up all these scores. For years, I’ve been saying they are running too many plays and the games are getting too long, but none of them want to give up their stats. They love these stats.”
I’ll be the first to concede that many athletic directors have their heads up their asses, but I don’t think any of ’em are hiring coaches to run up stats. They want to win, even if they don’t always have the best idea about how to go about accomplishing that. And, like it or not, that hurry-up stuff works. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t see Saban taking steps in that direction.