SEC Day 1 Notebook

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Muschamp sees down side to tempo offense

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is all about the tempo offense, getting in as many plays as he can in a game.

It’s a style that has been successful enough for some coaches, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arkansas’ Bret Bielema among them, to suggest rules changes to allow for defensive substitution.

Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to have a run-oriented offense. He sees a down side to the up-tempo approach.

“When you’re a tempo, no-huddle team you’re going to play another 15-18 snaps a game on defense. The more opportunities you give an offense, the more they can score.”

Muschamp was a successful defensive coordinator before taking over at Florida.

Breaking down the loss to Louisville

It took a Florida rally to get within 10 points in a 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.

Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel called it “embarrassing.”

Bowl trips are known for possible distractions. Ironically, Muschamp thought his team got more work done in the Big Easy than it did on campus.

He also thought he fell into the trap of getting away from his game plan.

“I wasn’t as pleased with our practices in Gainesville as I was in New Orleans. Then we got away from our formula, what we should have been on offense. I told Brent (Pease) that we needed to pick up the tempo on offense. We were struggling on defense, but we needed to stick to our formula. It was a long game, and I felt we lost our composure in the first half, something we hadn’t done all season.”

Pinkel, Mizzou hope for improvement in Year 2

A year ago Gary Pinkel seemed to tire of the questions about how Missouri would adapt in its move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

He jumped right into praising the league in his opening statement.

“We’re proud to be a member of the SEC. It’s remarkably competitive, and I’m glad we’re in it,” said Pinkel, whose team plays at Ole Miss on Nov. 23, the next to last game of the season.

One of the story lines of last year’s questioning was the physicality of the SEC vs. the finesse of the Big 12.

That questioning fatigue seemed to carry into the early season when Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson accused Georgia, an upcoming opponent, of playing “old man football.”

Richardson wasn’t finished with his comments to the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. He added: “If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us. Period.”

Georgia went on to pull away late and win 41-20 at Missouri.

The Tigers went 5-7 overall, 2-7 in the league in their first season, one that included some injuries at quarterback. Pinkel said he wasn’t caught off guard by what his team experienced.

“The SEC is what I thought it would be coming in. It’s a line of scrimmage league. You’ve got to be good up front.”

Pinkel has been mentioned as a possible hot-seat candidate. He says the Tigers are eager to compete at a higher level in their second SEC season.

“We’re very, very hungry and excited to get back in it.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    I think Muschamp and the Gator will be a strong team and could compete for SEC Championship. Ole Miss team and Mr freeze will be a mystery. Can Mr Freeze and his Rebel be a winning team this season is a question. Can the Rebels and Mr Freeze compete with the big boys, like Gators Tide, LSU, Georgia, and Tex A&M? We shall see when they meet the Texas Longhorns. It’s going to be a very interesting coming season for the Rebels. I think Ole miss will be winner. Jeff Driskel signed a pro baseball contract is he eligible to still play college sports?


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