Pac-10: On the Offensive

By Jason Owens - July 27, 2006

It doesn't appear that the Pac-10 is looking to shed the reputation of fielding a brand of football that's -- how should I say it? -- not exactly physical. At least if you ask Oregon coach Mike Bellotti.

When prompted, Bellotti lauded the performance of his 2005 defense, which finished as the top-rated unit in the conference. I then went to check on the NCAA rankings, which indeed had the Ducks at the top of the conference. They were also ranked 44th in the nation.

But when asked about the physicality of the conference, he had a fairly honest assessment of play on the field.

"Certainly, the trend is into spreading the field and not having to punch somebody in the mouth," Bellotti said. "You're going to continue to see an escalation of offense."

In other words, don't expect too many low-scoring affairs on the west coast this year. And that's not east-coast bias speaking here.

Posted by Jason Owens at 05:26 PM on July 27, 2006
Comments (1)


Jason, I think you're kind of skipping over the fact that there's an equal or greater disparity in the quality of offense among the various conferences. It's much more difficult to defend a team that has a good offense. Just check the Pac10's offensive production (head to head) against the OOC defensive units you're touting as superior. Guess what?

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