COLUMBIA, Mo. • The catalyst of the spread offense rage, Florida coach Urban Meyer, lately has been crafting teams known more for defense. That was the key to smothering Oklahoma and its prolific spread attack in the BCS national title game two seasons ago.
When Alabama prevailed last season, it was with gnarly defense and a vanilla offensive scheme — albeit led by Heisman Trophy-winning back Mark Ingram.
That profile in turn had ripples for Texas, a 37-21 loser to the Crimson Tide in the title game, that perhaps suggest a shift in the broader landscape.