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.
“It's obviously created a tremendous advantage for the offense when teams are scoring 70 points,” Saban said. “I think there has to be some sense of fairness in terms of asking, ‘Is this what we want football to be?'”
It's not what Texas wants football to be, but it is what Texas football. Mack Brown said he wanted to play morel like SEC teams, but the Longhorns instead are a mainstream Big 12 team, with a suddenly high-octane offense and a leaky defense.
“Texas has been a defensive school and a school that has run the ball for years,” Brown said. “And right now the world's changing. We're not seeing the dominant defensive performances right now that even we saw three years ago, and defenses are going to have to catch up because offenses are ruling the roost.”