After five weeks of the 2013 college football season, trends are beginning to gain traction. But many teams have shifted gears and are now speeding down the highway in reverse. Is it just me or is the Big XII a more defense focused conference? Why are SEC teams putting up so many points this season? That's not what the SEC does. The SEC isn't okay with shootouts as far as I know, they would much rather go into OT notched at 0-0. So what's going on in the SEC?
I was discussing Saturday's slate of games with a coworker of mine (he's an OSU fan so I thoroughly enjoying listening to the rants against Walsh and Yurcich) when we started talking about the LSU/UGA game. I told him that I couldn't believe how bad the SEC's defense has been this year and how it is especially apparent in this game. LSU and Georgia in a shootout? You can't deny you wouldn't take the under if the O/U had been set at 85, a good portion of you may have taken the under at 61.5. But my coworker fired back saying that the reasons the defenses were torched all game was because of elite QBs. Okay...he makes a good point. But I'm still holding to the notion that this game was a shootout because their defenses are terrible this year. Heck, 15 defensive players between the two teams were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft - so isn't it safe to say that the youth on the defensive side of the ball is the reason for these shootouts?
So this is my question. Throw your football knowledge my way. How do you tell the difference? In these high scoring shootouts, how can you tell if you are watching an elite offense or a horrendous defense? Or is it both?