Kevin Steele broke against type and tried to utilize a few different tricks, including one borrowed from Bill Belichik, to bust up Joe Moorhead’s option offense at Mississippi State. Instead Nick Fitzgerald ran wild and the option guru came out ahead.
The Washington Huskies have had their rival’s number over the last few years in the Apple Cup. In 2018 they had a showdown against Mike Leach and Gardner Minshew in the snow and came out ahead once more.
LSU proved to be one of Florida’s biggest wins for Dan Mullen in year one and made two in a row that he’s put over on defensive guru Dave Aranda.
Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs got a big chance to take down a blue blood power when they faced the Ohio State Buckeyes. How did their 4-2-5 fare against Urban Meyer and Ryan Day’s vaunted spread attack?
In year one at Nebraska Scott Frost had to take on the Big 10’s best run-stopping defensive program in a chess game that may be played out multiple times in the coming years.
Alabama’s RPO spread offense is designed to make defenses choose to yield space for their running game. But what if defenses accept that trade?
Iowa State’s NFL skill talent is moving on, but Matt Campbell may have the pieces in place on the OL, TE, and at QB to keep his program moving forward.
The RPO, spread-I offense has taken over college football and now defenses are learning how to adjust. But offenses that are building around hybrids are setting themselves up to stay ahead as other teams try to maintain specialization.
The SEC loses its mind, Baylor and TCU break football, and then Ezekiel Elliott goes 85 yards through the heart of the South. What a damn year.
God, this season was great.
Texas A&M transitioned to the SEC in 2012 and had a huge first season, winning 11 games, upsetting Alabama, and watching freshman QB Johnny Manziel garner a Heisman trophy. But what more might have been had the Aggies been in the Big 12 for even just one season more?
A boring September, followed by a booming November. (And a title game blowout.)
An amazing September, a Game of the Century, and a pretty good set of BCS bowls masked a boring October and that whole "The rematch no one wanted" thing.
UCF blew away the AAC in 2018 only to come up short against LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. How close were the Knights against the dreaded Tiger D and what’s next for the aspiring national contenders?