Saturday a bad day for high-flying offenses

11/24/13 in NCAAF   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Saturday a bad day for high-flying offensesOver the past few years, college football has become a haven for offensive powerhouses, particularly with the spread offenses. A few fans (mostly in Alabama) grumble about it, but it's a trend that's likely here to stay for a while. That said, yesterday was not a good day for three of the most famous high powered offenses in the country right now.

Most important of the three was Baylor getting whipped by Oklahoma State 49-17. The Bears were a BCS title contending team going into the night, but in one fell swoop it fell apart. Baylor was held to 453 yards of offense, low when they usually average almost 700. Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was brilliant, throwing for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Cowboys offense looked more like Baylor's. For Baylor, the ultimate ignominy was this fumble returned for a touchdown, icing the game for Oklahoma State. As a result, the Bears also likely lost their chance to win the Big 12. Oklahoma State is now in the driver's seat for that, as long as they can beat Oklahoma in the annual rivalry game.

While 4th ranked Baylor was going down, 5th ranked Oregon was also getting whooped. Unlike the Bears, who at least lost to a top 10 team, the Ducks fell to unranked Arizona by a shocking score of 42-16. In hindsight, you could tell it wasn't going to be Oregon's day early, when Marcos Mariota threw his first pick of the season. As this video shows though, it wasn't really his fault, but rather a great play by Arizona.

 

Arizona led 14-3 after the first and 28-9 at the half, and 35-9 after the third. Oregon still gained 506 yards on the day, more than Arizona, but were hobbled by 3 turnovers. They also couldn't stop the Wildcats on the ground. Arizona gained a whopping 304 yards rushing. With this loss, Oregon gives the Pac-12 North back to Stanford, who will play Arizona State for the Rose Bowl berth.

Finally, there is Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel. LSU was the one team that really stopped the Aggies offense last season, and on Saturday they did it again in a 34-10 victory. Texas A&M managed just one touchdown late in the first half, which was more the result of a defensive breakdown than anything else. Manziel had the worst game of his career, going 16/41 for 224 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. The offense as a whole managed just 299 yards. This game likely ends Manziel's bid for a repeat Heisman trophy, and ends now 3 loss A&M's hopes of making a BCS bowl.

Now, it should be mentioned that it's not like these three teams lost to Alabama-like teams. Oklahoma State was known for a high flying offense until this season. Arizona is coached by Rich Rodriguez, and LSU for whatever reason matches up well with Texas A&M, better than even Alabama. However, for those who can't stand spread offenses, Saturday was a good day.
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