"Our game plan was to spread it out.
We'd been in more compact formations and we wanted to spread it out and kinda get back to what we did at the beginning of the season, checking at the line of scrimmage
and getting into the best play we possibly can at that opportunity... Earlier in the season we didn't execute it as well
as we would have liked, so we kinda got away from it. But our coaches had faith in us and they re-installed a lot of things that we had, and we executed them very well."
We interpret that as flipping the script to use the passing game to set up the run, instead of the other way around as the coaches were determined to do earlier in the season. That strategy capitalizes on two undeniable strengths
First, a stable of able receivers, including two true freshmen — McDaniels and Parker — who came of age on Saturday. Sure, some WRs still have the dropsies, but it's finding the ones who have the hot hand any given day. Like Carr, who caught three TDs against Duke.
Second, it recognizes that the OL is still better at pass protection than consistently creating huge holes for running backs. Never was that more true than Saturday when Duke blitzed their brains out, yet never got to Weatherford.
Ironically, the OL often didn't have to blast wide running lanes. Spreading the offense and catching Duke in a blitz enabled some nice runs — Antone Smith's 80-yard TD being the best example.
We only hope this is a true mid-season course correction. With all the injuries on defense, the Noles will need a high octane offense to outscore teams like B.C., Wake and the Urban Meyer hot dogs who come to town November 25th.