We are now through seven weeks of the college football season and one of the more exciting matchups this season was the pairing of the prolific and aggressive paced offenses of Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech. Much has been written on this blog about Tech, but A&M has been one of the forerunners of tempo spread since the hiring of Mike Sherman in 2008 and also through his replacement, new head coach, Kevin Sumlin. What was interesting about this matchup was how A&M, a non-powerhouse of the Big XII and now SEC, has used this style of play to compete when they are routinely outgunned in their conference then faces a team with similar philosophy. Both defenses were well acquainted with tempo offenses, because naturally, that is what they practice against.
This post, as well as most posts on this blog, will simply articulate a momentum or trend that happens to be current. I doubt we're breaking much ground here, nor are we attempting to deliver some great truth or provide a how-to coaching guide. We'll just be documenting a direction or response encountered in today's game. It can be easy to fixate on singular items, but where we're hoping to go is tie in the relevant connections to see what's at play in the bigger picture. We could no doubt, review some of the same efficiencies and nuances of Johnny Manziel and the TAMU offense used by Kliff Kingsbury.