KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
This is how far the pendulum of college football offenses has swung.
Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek, who has spent 23 years in college coaching and got into the job when the I-formation and other two-back sets were the industry standard, told reporters that it's now basically an alien concept for opposing defenses to game-plan.
That adds to the already difficult task facing the Vols (2-1) when they face No. 12 Georgia (2-1) on Saturday (noon, ESPN) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. The sheer talent the Bulldogs have in their backfield, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley, is a problem in itself and largely explains why they are rushing for 304 yards per game this season However, they also get the most out of that talent with methods most teams no longer use in the era of the spread offense.
“We don't get to see that a lot even in spring practice,” Jancek said Wednesday. “We don't get to see that a lot in fall camp. So it is foreign. That's been a challenge for us to try to make sure that we cover all of our bases when it comes to the two-back offenses and the problems they can create with that two-back system. ... Everybody is a lot of one-back and the spread stuff and zone read and things like that. Georgia is a power team.”