Category Archives: Schemes

The Most Important Play of the National Championship

There is one play, more than any other, whose success will affect the outcome of the national championship game.  The play is a designed run for Deshaun Watson, the quarterback power. Clemson’s offense works off a relatively simple formula: outside, … Continue reading

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Paper Tigers No More

You can’t doubt Clemson now.  The playoff win over Oklahoma is unequivocal.  The Sooners are a good football team, and the Tigers beat them, convincingly.  Going into the game you can be forgiven if you were skeptical of the ACC … Continue reading

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Orange Bowl

Clemson plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, part of the college football playoff.  The Sooners are currently 3.5 point favorites to win the game. Advantage Clemson? Teams don’t always play the same in bowl games as they played at the … Continue reading

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On Snap Counts

Do you say hut or hike? When you were a kid and snapped the ball in the backyard were you one who said “down, set, hut” or did you say “down, set, hike”?  I was a hut kid.  I don’t … Continue reading

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You Need a Quarterback

You have to have a quarterback.  College football is reaching the point that the NFL reached years ago.  You must have a great quarterback or you cannot succeed.  For years there were ways around that, but that is no longer … Continue reading

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Key Plays: Clemson v. Florida State

On Saturday night Clemson beat Florida State 23-13 to win the ACC Atlantic Division and remain number one in the Playoff rankings.  Here is how the Tigers did it on some key plays. Capitalizing on Momentum Toward the end of … Continue reading

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How (not) To Run the Option

Turn on the TV on Saturday, and you’ll see the option being run.  If you’re watching Georgia Tech or Navy you’ll get a heaping dose of the traditional triple option.  If you’re watching other games you’ll see the read option … Continue reading

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Key Plays: Georgia Tech v Florida State

Everyone saw the Block Six in the Florida State – Georgia Tech game, but the Seminoles would never have attempted the field goal if the Yellow Jackets hadn’t tied the game on the previous possession.  On that possession it appeared … Continue reading

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Footnote: Cincinnati Kicking

“College kickers” is a popular refrain on social media whenever a college kicker misses a field goal.  The phrase is meant to be a reminder of how unpredictable kickers are in the college game, especially in comparison to the NFL. … Continue reading

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Key Plays: The Texas Power

On Saturday Texas shocked Oklahoma to win the Red River Rivalry.  The Longhorns, 1-4 entering the game, weren’t supposed to be able to compete with the 4-0 Sooners, but Texas took an early 14-0 lead and held on at the … Continue reading

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