By Scott Wright
Sitting at home watching the first night of college football (during commercials of the Cubs-Phillies game) I got to thinking about Saturday’s OSU-Washington State game.
I’ll pose the question to you that I’ve been pondering for the last three innings (btw, the Cubs just tied it up, 1-1 in the fifth in case you’re scoring at home):
If you’re Mike Gundy, what is your first offensive play call? The first snap of the game, what play do you run?
There’s always so much anticipation for the first play, and sure, the fans are excited if it’s a handoff up the middle or a post route.
Here’s my call (which is not impacted by the fact that the Cubs just gave up three runs in the top of the sixth)…
Play-action pass off the option. With a new defensive coordinator coaching a team in a league that doesn’t see the option all that much, I guarantee the WSU defensive coaches have been preaching assignments on the option play for about a month now.
So once the Cowboys show option, the defense will fall into the routine it has been practicing over and over. Then, when Zac Robinson drops back to throw, the linebackers will freeze.
You send Dez Bryant deep and drag Brandon Pettigrew over the middle. Even if the cornerback stays tight on Dez and isn’t peeking at the option look, Pettigrew should have plenty of room between those frozen linebackers and the safety hoping Dez doesn’t get behind him in his two-deep zone.
Not only that, but it’ll keep them off-balance at least the next three or four times you choose to run anything resembling the option, run or pass.
Any other ideas from the readers out there?
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