So, here's the skinny: Maryland lost 40-37 to West Virginia, which had a total of 108 plays in the high-scoring affair. Following the loss, Terps coach Randy Edsall said, "I think there's a problem in college football, I really do, with that many plays," per Jeff Ermann of 247Sports' Maryland Insider.
Let us not forget that West Virginia has long been known for its high tempo. Sure, 108 plays are a lot. Some coaches, including the likes of Alabama's Nick Saban, have supported the idea of waiting 10 seconds before snapping the ball, which, among other things, would decrease the volume of plays.
Plus, there are perceived safety advantages. Guys would have more time to get set and acclimate with their surroundings. They wouldn't have to rush, which could cause injury. Fatigue factors into the equation, too. Being tired, in theory, could increase your chances of getting hurt.
But it's a game, and good coaches and athletes use their strengths to win. If being fast is one of them, so be it.
Good coaches also "adjust," which is something you hear every week, from every coach in America.
I'm not going to say that Edsall's "whining," but come on, coach. West Virginia committed FOUR turnovers--from which you got zilch--and beat you by three...and you're complaining about tempo?!
Just say you were outplayed, didn't execute and ran out of gas...you know, the truth.
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