ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s the half-way point of the 2016 college football season. Mizzou hasn’t won an SEC game since October 3, 2015, and Alabama is winning with a brand new offense.
Dave Christensen, former college football coach including seven years at Mizzou, joined Mike Kelly, the voice of the Tigers on KMOX.
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And here are his thoughts on the season thus far:
Is Drew Lock still Mizzou’s QB– The Tigers lost its ninth straight game to an SEC opponent, dating back to last season, with a 42-14 defeat at Florida on Saturday. Quarterback Drew Lock had the worst game of his career, throwing back-to-back interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and completed only four passes on 18 attempts.
“When you play LSU and Florida you see a lot different cats across from you than Eastern Michigan and Delaware (State). So the reality sets in.”
Christensen says the blame isn’t all on Lock because even though you can’t without a good QB, you can’t really judge a QB if you don’t know what he has surrounding him. Mizzou is rebuilding and Lock is partially unlucky with the cast he has to work with.
This year’s Alabama team is the same, but different– Bama used to be a pro-style offense powered by multiple backs running through people, now they are changing to a dynamic game behind quarterback Jalen Hurts who is running around everyone.
Hurts is the first freshman to start at QB under head coach Nick Saban, and Christensen says he’s the most dynamic QB Saban has ever had.
But Saban’s defense is the reason they are scoring 45.4 points per game.
“I’ve never seen a more dominate defense in the past 10 years than where Alabama is right now.”
Seven of Bama’s 11 defensive starters have scored at least one touchdown this year.
Spread offense, and how to stop it– The top three teams in the country are running spread offenses, out of the shotgun, with a dynamic quarterback. That would be Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson.
Christensen described it as ‘everyone is trying to outscore their opponents’ (except for Alabama who still uses a great defense to keep the other team’s offense off the field).
But that also means there is a new trend on defense to stop the spread. Christnesen says that has meant fewer linebackers in the game, more nickel packages, and recruiting linebackers who are not as big, but more athletic.
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