Bob Stoops took another jab at the SEC, and one of his biggest rivals agrees with him.
Bob Stoops turned heads this summer when he questioned the SEC’s conference strength, and pointed to “propoganda” for some of the league’s reputation and championed the Big 12 as a deeper league.
With the SEC’s defenses struggling to stop some offenses this season, Stoops poked the conference again in a meeting with reporters on Wednesday evening.
“Just a few years ago, we had all the quarterbacks,” he said, according to The Oklahoman. “And now, all of a sudden, we can play a little better defense and some other people can’t play defense.
“Funny how people can’t play defense when they have pro-style quarterbacks over there, which we’ve had. They’re all playing in the NFL right now.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy agrees.
“He’s right. College football’s offenses go as their quarterbacks go,” he told FOX Sports Southwest on Thursday morning.
Seven of the Big 12’s 10 defenses are in the top 40 nationally in yards per play, including Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The SEC has just two teams (Florida, Mississippi State) in the top 40 in the same statistic.
The Big 12 had two quarterbacks (Geno Smith, Landry Jones) drafted last season and two more (Collin Klein, Seth Doege) spent time in NFL camps. Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden, Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Kansas State’s Josh Freeman and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford all played in the Big 12 and since just the 2008 season, have been selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The SEC has eight teams in the top 40 in offensive yards per play. The Big 12 has just three.
Quarterback Aaron Murray and Georgia outscored Zach Mettenberger and LSU, 44-41, last week. That was two weeks after AJ McCarron and Alabama beat Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, 49-42. All four quarterbacks are projected to be future NFL draft picks.
“I don’t think there’s any question, anybody that’s playing at our level, if they have a quarterback who’s potentially in the NFL Draft, they’re going to move the ball and score points,” Gundy said.
Word of Stoops’ comments hadn’t reached his desk yet on Thursday, but once informed, he explained more of what he believed Stoops was arguing.
“We went through a number of years in this league where we had 5-6 NFL quarterbacks in this league and defenses were giving up 40-45 points a game,” Gundy said. “And so, the point he’s making–without reading it and going off what you said–is the transition now that this happens in the SEC, they’re playing with NFL-type quarterbacks. And when that happens, they’re also scoring 40-45 points a game.”