With all due respect to Alabama coach Nick Saban, there’s one coach in the Big 12 Conference that heartily disagrees with Saban’s criticism of the uptempo offenses that are becoming the rage in college football.
Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy thinks they’re great.
Of course, he would think that. The Cowboys have had great success for several years with the speedy, no-huddle system. In 2012, they averaged 78 plays per game, second in the Big 12 to Baylor, and scored at a league-high 45.7 clip per game.
Saban recently said the uptempo offenses posed injury risks and put defenses at a disadvantage because of an inability to substitute.
“I just think there’s got to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking if this is what we want football to be,” Saban said.
It’s certainly what Gundy, a former offensive coordinator, wants it to be.
“In my opinion, high tempo and spread offenses have been the single thing that’s created parity in college football,” he said. “I think it’s the very best thing that’s happened to college football. I think it’s tremendous for college football and is the reason why college football has gone through the roof and there’s so much interest.
“So I certainly don’t agree with (the criticism),” Gundy added. “I think it’s great for college football.”
Obviously, those guys are going to have to agree to disagree. Not much common ground there.
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