How We Were Fooled into Believing 2012 Was the Year of the Offense

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How We Were Fooled into Believing 2012 Was the Year of the Offense
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Do you remember the time that Geno Smith was going to win the Heismanfor sureand West Virginia was going to score its way all the way to the top of the charts?

Yeah…and how about that time that USC was going to ride Matt Barkley’s golden arm and Marqise Lee’s speedy legs to the BCS title game?

And don’t you recall the most wonderful story of all, the one with the hard-running Ducks from Oregon zipping to a glorious foregone conclusion that included a late night meeting  with a certain crystal pigskin?

Ah, the dreams of yards, points and championships…they’re as old as the pigskin itself and as misleading as the concept of money equaling happiness.

Indeed, after decades of examples you would figure that some day we would learn that while it’s thrilling to watch teams ring up a score board, really it's boring old defense that propels college football programs to championship seasons.

The following slideshow expounds on this age old theme and gives it a 2012 twist by presenting five ways we were fooled into believing that 2012 was the year of the offense.

It takes us back to August and September when a cornucopia oozing with points and yards still seemed liked the “good news” and the way to the “Promised Land” that included milk, honey, a BCS bowl and more.

But with the wisdom of December, hindsight and history firmly within our grasp; indeed, with a firm dose of reality shoved down our throats, we know now that 2012 is not the year of the offense.

No friend, 2012 is the year that the No. 1 nationally ranked scoring defense (Notre Dame) will square off with the No. 2 nationally ranked scoring defense (Alabama) for all the marbles (the national championship).

Oh yes, 2012 is the year of the defense.

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