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  1. Ian Boyd

    Big 12 spring check-ins: Kansas State

    Spring practices are wrapping up for a lot of teams across the Big 12, but Kansas State has already knocked their practices out and are progressing into the inevitable, "okay who's portaling out and who else might portal in?" phase of the offseason. We've already seen a lot of transfers this...
  2. Ian Boyd

    Mac ******* Jones and the NFL's struggle with quarterback strategy

    The wider world of sports was first introduced to Mac Jones during the 2018 National Championship game. Alabama was floundering a bit trying to finish drives in the red zone against Clemson's defense, which was powered by a defensive line entirely comprised of future draft picks. Nick Saban got...
  3. Ian Boyd

    Chess matches of 2020 in the Big 12: Riley lands an uppercut on Patterson

    Early in the year in 2020 I noted a route combination which was becoming pretty popular as a way to attack defenses. It's a 3x1 set involving the famous "mills" or dig-post pattern from the two slot receivers to the three receiver side...
  4. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: Tarique Milton runs free just once

    The course of the 2020 Big 12 season was really set in Ames, Iowa on October 3rd. Initially the notion Iowa State was going to contend for the Big 12 Championship was deriving a lot of scorn for those of us who'd suggested it. The Cyclones lost the season opener to Louisiana and the game slipped...
  5. Ian Boyd

    Jeff Monken, Kansas, and the triple-option

    The other day Steven Godfrey wrote an interesting piece over on the Banner Society about Jeff Monken, Kansas, and the triple option. In the article Godfrey included a few interesting nuggets which clearly stem from knowledge of the situation...
  6. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: TCU outruns Oklahoma State

    There was a pretty fun and heated debate on Twitter dot com leading into the 2020 season regarding some of the Big 12's running quarterbacks. I was on team Spencer Sanders, arguing he was the most athletic and explosive running quarterback in the league and one of the finest the league had yet...
  7. Ian Boyd

    2021 Florida and the art of the transfer portal roster makeover

    The 2020 Florida Gators were a truly interesting team to follow. The 2019 season had revealed two particular dynamics of their team which were bound to have an impact on their strategy the following season. The first was tight end Kyle Pitts was a budding superstar who could be a dominant weapon...
  8. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: Austin Stogner owns the middle in the Cotton Bowl

    It's hard to imagine a worse start for Oklahoma in 2020 than what unfolded in the late summer and opening two games of the Big 12 season. Up until late in the process it appeared Lincoln Riley thought the season either shouldn't happen or wasn't going to happen. The Sooners were very transparent...
  9. Ian Boyd

    Will Notre Dame run a "flyover defense" under Marcus Freeman?

    Coach Vass, with his “Make Defense Great Again” podcast has been on an impressive kick this season bringing in guys like Pete Kwiatkowski and more recently Marcus Freeman. Freeman was a popular coordinator in the last silly season, getting linked to multiple jobs after a third consecutive...
  10. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: Texas Tech overpowers Baylor

    Texas Tech has won nine consecutive home games against Baylor. This stat was flashed up on the broadcast after a field goal kick with time expiring made the final score of their 2020 matchup Texas Tech 24, Baylor 23. I was shocked by this number until I looked up the last several games in this...
  11. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: Will McDonald stonewalls Oklahoma

    Will McDonald, IV of that name, has always been a fascinating part of the Iowa State roster. Credit to Matt Campbell, who routinely finds some unbelievable talents from the 3-star ranks, for recruiting McDonald as a .8614-rated prospect out of Wisconsin. McDonald brought his 6-4, 215 pound frame...
  12. Ian Boyd

    Kirk Ciarrocca signs on as an analyst with Neal Brown at West Virginia

    Former boating enthusiast and Penn State offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca joined the Big 12: Ciarrocca was P.J. Fleck's offensive coordinator at Western Michigan and Minnesota before taking the Penn State job last season. His offenses were notable for their extremely heavy use of RPOs and...
  13. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: K-State runs "slop" for Deuce Vaughn against Oklahoma

    The 2019 Oklahoma Sooners were really a revelation of the flexibility of Lincoln Riley and his staff. After years of blowing Big 12 opponents away with the best vertical passing game in the conference, they adjusted after losing Kyler Murray and adding in Jalen Hurts to start winning some games...
  14. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: TCU finds Quentin Johnston against Baylor

    There is one overarching reason why TCU has major, breakthrough potential in 2021. The reason is the return of a quarterback-wide receiver tandem in Max Duggan and Quentin Johnston which is unlike any the Frogs have had since Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson left. Since those days TCU had one...
  15. Ian Boyd

    Key plays of 2020 in the Big 12: Texas comes up short vs Iowa State

    This is going to be an offseason series where we double back to the 2020 season in the Big 12 and talk about some of the big plays that occurred, how they broke down like they did, and their significance either to the 2020 season or the upcoming 2021 campaign. We're going to begin with some...
  16. Ian Boyd

    Will TCU's defensive line rebound in 2021?

    Gary Patterson is well known for his 4-2-5 defense. His flexibility with the scheme over the years has been notable, as well as his knack for scouting opponents and instilling a high level of awareness for an offenses’ favorite formations and concepts into his players. Another trademark...
  17. Ian Boyd

    What is a winning strategy at Kansas?

    The Mad Hatter, Les Miles, is no longer going to be the head coach for the Kansas Jayhawks. The modern era of college football has been pretty cruel to the Jayhawks, for whom the game has become mostly an exercise in rent collection while they focus on basketball. I’ve observed them going...
  18. Ian Boyd

    Baylor’s new “RVO” offense

    Year one went about as poorly as it was likely to go for Dave Aranda. The pandemic crushed their ability to have a full offseason and install new systems or really settle in and establish the new program. Ever adaptable, Aranda worked things out on defense and still put together a solid unit...
  19. Ian Boyd

    Does high school wrestling help Midwest college programs win in the trenches?

    Recently here at the Flyover Football board, a favorite topic came up regarding the Midwest’s penchant for producing physical, hard-nosed players. Particularly offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers, and tight ends. When you see strong programs for the region, such as Wisconsin or...
  20. Ian Boyd

    Cade Klubnik to Clemson

    An awfully high number of quarterbacks come out of Austin, Texas these days. One of the most recent star prospects, Westlake's recently crowned Championship quarterback Cade Klubnik, recently committed to the Clemson Tigers. This is pretty significant on a number of levels. For Klubnik it's a...