I really should have titled this post "My trip to the 2012 Rose Bowl and all of the reasons that it got me thinking about Notre Dame" but that was just too long.
As most of you that hang around here know, in addition to being a slightly-over-the-top Notre Dame Football fan I am also a huge fan of college football in general. I never miss watching the Irish but I also try to watch as many other games as possible. I have also had the good fortune of being able to attend a lot of college football games, to include bowl games, in many different places. So when I was presented with an opportunity to attend the Rose Bowl this year I jumped at the chance.
But the thing about the Oregon offense that impressed me most was their tempo. They get lined up and run the next play faster than anybody that I have ever seen. Being able to see the whole field between plays really hammered this home for me. This efficient tempo was especially true after long gains. They would hit a 40 yard gain, then the entire offense would literally sprint up the field and get lined back up before the chains were even set. The play was either signaled in or run onto the field by package subs. As soon as the refs and chains are set they were snapping the ball again. Their entire play-calling operation has to be on hyper speed to facilitate that.