Ian Boyd

College Football Contributor

Ian Boyd is a history major who graduated from the University of Texas and has relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's now a student of the game of football's history, strategy, and important figures. His musings can be found at Football Study Hall, Barking Carnival and @Ian_A_Boyd.


Clemson vs. Georgia: Strength vs. strength

... but with different strengths this time. The two quarterbacks from last year's 38-35 shootout are gone. Now it's all about Clemson's ferocious defensive line vs. Georgia's all-world backfield.

LSU, Wisconsin, and running toward the future

The hardest-hitting and maybe best game of college football's opening weekend has all sorts of implications for 2014 ... and beyond.

Can Arkansas slow down Auburn?

The second edition of a budding rivalry sees Auburn hoping for another title shot while Arkansas hopes for ... anything. Can the Hogs do enough against Gus Malzahn's offense to change our...

How TCU's defense works

At least one team in the Big 12 actually plays top-notch defense. Here's how the Frogs consistently shut down high-octane attacks as well as anybody else in the country.

The new basketball on grass

Basketball is all about putting the five players on the floor who best challenge the other team's five. Designing a college football offense around five skill players works kind of the same way.

Explaining Clemson's smashmouth spread

Why is the Tigers' offensive coordinator annually considered one of college football's hottest head coaching candidates? An evaluation of his old-made-new offense shows the answer.

Explaining Notre Dame's new defense

New defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is replacing Bob Diaco's refined, disciplined 3-4 with a complex, aggressive 4-3.

Yes, Trevor Knight is for real

The Sugar Bowl MVP's breakout against the Crimson Tide really was a glimpse at the Sooners' future, and the term "system quarterback" should describe mastery, not adequacy.

How does LSU stop the spread so well?

More often than not, John Chavis' Tiger defenses have won the day against some of college football's most modernized offenses. It's all about structure.

Explaining Ohio State's new defense

Urban Meyer's powerful offense needs a complement on the other side of the ball. Can co-DCs Chris Ash and Luke Fickell build a defense that succeeds at a little bit of everything?

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