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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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"Well, clearly I am projecting Florida to be in the Gang of Six based on the introduction of Meyer's system to Gainesville. Since Meyer's offense does all the things I require of it in my explanation..." Read full comment by Heisman Pundit


Oh, I didn't read it as a projection, sorry. If Meyer's system does translate to the Florida team, then it won't gel this year, as we've seen with his previous teams. So it still might be premature.

I don't think it's irrelevant. Spurrier's success doesn't mean Meyer will have the same, but it is a good case that it can happen. To say it's irrelevant is to say that the SEC or the schools contained there-in have no unique style of defense. Remeber 2001 when John Chavis broke out a secret "Prowler Package" defense that confused the Florida O-line? John Chavis could be considered the coordinator of the "finesse defense". He's got true defensive genius. But I'm digressing.

Are you saying that all SEC defenses aren't used to defending the entire field? I'm sure that was what most teams were trying to do against Spurrier-era Florida teams. No SEC teams will beat 4 OOC BCS teams because no SEC team has 4 OCC teams on its schedule, but what is the importance of beating an out of conference BCS team as opposed to an in-conference BCS team? None. I'm pulling out the SEC-is-the-toughest-conference-around (6 top-25 teams (50%; only the big ten gets close with 40%)) card, and you might say that wins against in-conference BCS teams aren't as meaningful because they play each other every year but that's not true for all in-conference games in the SEC. They play teams in the same division every year, but they play three opponents from the opposing division every year also, but not always the same ones. So there's some mix up, but even wins against against same-division teams are meaningful in the SEC.

I don't think familiarity is going to play in as big as you think it is, but I guess that's where opinions are opinions. I believe that the schemes will be important, but that SEC teams have schemes (I sense that you think the SEC is ALL size and speed) as well including some defensive schemes that will work against Florida.

And we haven't even touched on Florida's defense vs. SEC Offenses.