That conventionalism ranks close to death, taxes and Sarah Palin moose kills among life’s certainties, or so we’re told.
Defense wins championships?
Convention, meet this year’s Bowl Championship Series national final matchup. No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon say, defense? We don’t need no stinking defense.
If these two teams don’t break the BCS final scoring record, blame the offenses they run — with “run” being the operative word. Running teams mean faster games, and speed of the game might trim a few points.
Punters will dress out. They might even swing their legs a time or two, but they ought to be made to wear sideline passes.
For defensive players, keep the oxygen coming.
TV viewers, stock the living room with snacks pregame. Leaving the room means missing something.
Wanna see replays? Record the game and watch later. Cats huddle more than these teams.
It’s a new era in college football, and Auburn and Oregon are new-era teams at the top in a year when traditional powers fell back.
NCAA stats tell part of the story. Oregon is 25th in total defense, Auburn 54th.
Has the BCS final ever featured two teams ranked that far down the list on defense?
On the other side of the ball, Oregon is second in total offense, Auburn seventh.
The major players in this game, both Heisman Trophy finalists, do their thing on offense. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is 10th in total offense and first in pass efficiency. Oregon running back LaMichael James leads the nation in rushing.
The coaching stars in this game are offensive minds. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the Eddie Robinson national coach of the year, came up as an offensive coordinator. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn just won the Broyles Award and leads the nation in job speculation.
Next victims? Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof and Oregon’s Nick Aliotti.
It’s their misfortune to ply their trade at a time when offensive minds have devised the ultimate solution. Spread the field and use misdirection.
Got lots of speed, which Auburn and Oregon have? The essentials are in place.
Got a quarterback who can throw, like Oregon has in Darron Thomas? So much the better.
Got a quarterback who’s stands 6-foot-6, weighs 250 pounds, runs like a wide receiver and throws like Tom Brady? Auburn has one in Newton, and that’s just not fair.
So defense used to win championships. In another year, defense might win a championship.
Defense won’t win the 2010 BCS championship. The two teams playing for it are average on defense and too good on offense.