Down here in the South we play what’s called Big Boy football. That’s not just a saying, it’s a fact. The style of play here and the players are just …well, different. It’s the kind of football that you see schools like Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Auburn playing. Not really something you see going on in the Big 12 or the Pac 12. Why is that and does it really make a difference?
I am going to go ahead and say I believe it makes a big difference. The SEC has the last seven straight national titles (My beloved Bama holding 3 of those).
So what does it really mean when someone says we play “Big Boy” or “Grown Man” football? The guys probably think we chicks have no idea, but I bet you already knew and just didn’t even know it. On Saturday, just sit back and watch a few games (like I know you already do) and make some very basic observations. You will start to say things like “Holy cow, that Austin Shepherd looks like a BEAST!” or “There is no way in heck I would want to have to line up against that Cyrus Kouandjio.” The point is, these guys are freaking HUGE! I didn’t break out the calculator but I would imagine the Bama O line packs more pounds than most. And it’s not just that they are big, it’s that they are also insanely strong. I once watched a video of Bama’s right guard Anthony Steen lift barbells that were 200 pounds a piece- one in each hand…can your man do that? Probably not.
What else will you see? Defense. I know that technically everyone has one, but with scores like 70-10 in the other conferences it’s hard to see any defense at all. Some people think a defensive game is a boring one, but it isn’t really- not when it’s coupled with a good offense. In the South, they believe in covering up the offense and dominating the ball on defense. So you say you have a great QB? “Well that’s great, but what is he going to do when someone the size of Bama’s Adrian Hubbard (6’6”/252 lbs) gets in his face?” Typically they will crumble like a cookie, fake injury or cry like a little girl (okay, maybe not that last one, but you get my point!)
Alabama, for example, always makes big defensive plays and will even score in almost every game from either getting an interception or recovering a fumble. It is not unheard of to see Vinnie Sunseri, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or even Landon Collins knock someone FLAT. I mean these guys just LOOK hungry every time they come out on the field. You will find yourself saying “I would NOT want to be on the receiving end of THAT.” I rarely see that kind of passion on the defense when I watch other schools, especially schools outside the South.
Since Southern teams always play “big boy” football on offense and defense, I do not see how the Oregon Ducks or even Baylor could take down Alabama. Or even Auburn for that matter. I mean, they may be able to hang for a minute, but after about 2 quarters of getting beat up by the big boys on defense, they simply would not be able to hang around long enough to keep putting those points on the board. I just do not see the scoring machines of the North being able to hang with the pure strength of the South. So when they say “We Want Bama” I just smile and say “Naw, y’all really don’t.” Be careful what you wish for folks. And that, my friends, is my totally unbiased Southern Rebel opinion. 🙂
So occasionally you will hear me cheering for LSU, Georgia or even Auburn and people will say “Uh, I thought you were a Bama fan!?” And my answer is always the same. “I am, always have been and always will be; they are first in my heart. BUT I am for any SEC team that is playing a team outside our conference because WE ARE THE BEST CONFERENCE. Yes, even Auburn…unless they are playing Alabama. In that case, Auburn and anyone else Bama is playing is going DOWN!” And guess what folks? In just 10 days, that is exactly what is going to happen! More on this to come!
Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about how the big boys do it, now go put your big girl panties on and watch some SEC football!