Ian Boyd

  • joined Jan 25, 2012
  • last login Aug 22, 2014
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The different breeds of nickelbacks


How college football teams are choosing players to man the nickel position.

Texas A&M vs. South Carolina? Defenses beware

South Carolina and Texas A&M both bring offensive advantages to Columbia for the season's first big FBS game (August 28, 6 p.m. ET, SEC Network). It's the Gamecocks' ground attack that could be the...

Can Oklahoma's new defense subdue Big 12 offenses?


OU's new 3-4 is primed and ready to unleash confusion and terror on the Big 12's spread teams.

Prognosticating about the playoffs


Bill and Ian do some guesswork on how the 2014 season will play out.

Demystifying Kansas State


Wizardry or sound strategy?

The Jace Amaro effect


How the freakishly athletic Tech tight end changed the game in the Big 12.

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?

Explaining TCU's new offense

If the Frogs' offensive line can click, you might have to wait a while before you again hear that the program wasn't ready for the Big 12.

Xs and Os: No Kiffin rehash at USC

The Trojans will be embracing fully modern schemes on both sides of the ball, rather than making minor tweaks to the system of the past. It's not the expected strategy from USC's former OC.

Murderball, refined

If 2014 is Will Muschamp's last stand at Florida, at least he's armed himself wisely by hiring former Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.

Classic Penn State (but more talented)

What happens when some of the country's most entrenched schemes get a little modernization and a major recruiting boost? The Nittany Lions are about to find out.

Inside Louisville's (old) new offense

Cheer up, Louisville sports fan. Your football team is going to start scoring a whole lot of points. As soon as it finds itself a quarterback.

Georgia's new challenge

The Dawgs' new defensive coordinator might prove to be an upgrade over Todd Grantham, but he's got a mess to clean up first.

How Kiffin changes Bama

The former prodigy gets one more chance to prove he belongs among football's elite, and he couldn't possibly have a better situation in which to do it. Here are the tweaks to expect from the Tide's...

Focusing Michigan's power

How will Michigan's new offensive coordinator bring the physicality of Saban's Alabama offense to the downtrodden Wolverines? The plan is straightforward.

10 national championship gate-crashers

The College Football Playoff means more chances for new national title winners. Among teams that haven't won a title in the modern era (or ever), who's likeliest to make a run?

Mapping college football's blue-chips


At the top level of college football, the local Jimmys and Joes explain the Xs and Os.

How to build a college football roster

Different schemes and systems require different players. Let's group college football's most popular schemes into six categories, then figure out the scholarship allotment and ideal player types...

The 5 hardest positions to recruit

It's not that hard to tell a good running back from a great one. And an outstanding punter is relatively easy to spot. But what about players in the trenches? Or what about cornerbacks?

How FSU's team effort brought down the SEC


Florida State's title-game win over Auburn was a true effort, with defense and special teams buying time for an offense that eventually came through.

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