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Big 12 football: High-scoring, fast paced games just life in the Big 12

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, Published: October 5, 2012

Nick Saban was no fan of the West Virginia-Baylor game. What else would you expect from football's least-fun big winner?

West Virginia beat Baylor 70-63 last Saturday, and now the Mountaineers play at Texas, which is coming off its own shootout, 41-36 over OSU, and who knows how many points will be scored in Austin.

“Is this how we want football to be?” Saban asked this week on the SEC coaches teleconference.

Not in the SEC, they don't. But that's life in the Big 12.

Saban said his problem with the new-age offenses is health.

“You can't substitute defensive players; you go on a 14-, 16-, 18-play drive and they're snapping the ball as fast as they can (and) all of your players are walking around and can't even get lined up,” Saban said. “That's when guys have a much greater chance of getting hurt, when they're not ready to play. I think that's something that can be looked at.”

Sign me up for that. Like I wrote last week, I'm all for limited substitution. Or any rule changes that help the defense.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, college football is coming off its second-highest scoring weekend since 1937, averaging 60.9 combined points in the 52 major-college games.

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