College football is a vast and intricate web of human decisions. Each play, each pass, each tackle is the result of the confluence of a dozen decisions by a couple dozen actors on multiple dimensions. To understand football requires, at its base, a broad comprehension of the sum of those decisions - who did what and how did the ball get where. That starts with the final score and drills down to drive and play level data.
In a conference known for offense, few aspects of the game garner more scrutiny than the strategy and execution of each team in their attempts to move the ball downfield. The Big 12 requires points, not time of possession, but understanding the how of these points is equally important as the what - we care not just that a team scored, or how much they scored, but in fact the manner in which they scored.
This preview series will focus on the minutiae and mechanics of style, strategy, and approach for each of the Big 12 Schools. Join me as I take a slow and whimsical stroll through the facts of 2019 in college football, and follow this stream as I update the preview series weekly.
Installments of the series will cover deep dives into down-by-down tendencies of Big 12 offenses, schedule breakdowns, statistical analysis of big plays, thorough scouting of situational defense, and more!