Several of us noted that Clemson appeared to take a few plays out of Georgia’s offensive playbook from the SECCG in routing Alabama for the national title. Ian Boyd writes that the Tigers may have done much the same with regard to how Mississippi State defensed Tua and the Tide’s offense during their regular season meeting.
His conclusion —
Alabama embraced the RPO spread offense as a best practice for doing what they’ve always wanted to do, run the dang ball. They tried to dabble with the spread in hopes it would allow them to maintain their formula, but in reality it’s steadily pushing the game in the very direction Saban has been trying to avoid.
— is interesting to me in that, by most accounts, in bringing Sarkisian back to run the offense, Saban wants to get away from over-reliance on the RPO spread offense and back towards more of a pro-style approach. The question for me is whether that move is best suited for Tagovailoa’s skill set. Given that Alabama’s receiving corps is ridiculously talented, I may be overthinking that. But, nevertheless, I am curious.