I'm no coach... But what they are running doesn't look a lot different to me than what LSU runs. They just seem to be a lot more successful with it. So, seems like execution to me.... And an OL with what Herbie and Musberger say are 3 or 4 NFL 1st round draft picks, a QB that will be a Heisman favorite next year, and TJ Yelton that Mark Ingram says is possibly the best running back ever at Alabama. Better than Ingeam and Richardson in his Opinion.... So that's all, I guess.
Not similar at all. Bama ran mostly one back sets. Didn't see a FB all night. Pass routes are more sophisticated, like flooding a zone with three receivers. They throw to the TEs and RBs, so the QB almost always has 4 or 5 receivers and can look for mismatches or single coverage. They throw out of running formations and run from the spread.
They rarely max protect. Generally they leave 5 or 6 to block and put 4 or 5 receivers out running routes at different levels. Forces the defense to stay back in coverage and helps the O-line pass protect.
Most importantly, their play selection is not predictable based on personnel, down or distance. Keeps the defense honest.
It is not a complex offense, but it is well designed. The Bama players excute well because the Bama coaches give them the tools and a level playing field. They aren't constantly working against defenses that can anticipate the plays and sell out to stop them.
LSU's offense has ranked n the bottom quartile nationally over the last five years for a reason and it is not the players. The players come and go, but the coaches stay and keep doing the same thing but hoping for a different result.
This post was edited on 1/8 at 9:58 pm