Offensive variety a consistent theme in Big Sky Conference
Dan Hawkins likened it to an “indie musician banging away at the local pub.”
With 13 different teams adopting 13 different approaches, perhaps Hawkins might expand his simile from a single indie musician to open mic night. For a guy who claims zero affinity for Top 40 music, the simile is meant as a positive.
“Give me the guy who thinks outside the box,” he said.
One one side of the spectrum lies Cal Poly, which operates an old-school triple option offense that puts priority on running the ball between the tackles; on the other side, the spread offense of Eastern Washington and its seemingly endless string of All-American quarterbacks.
“Preparing defensive game plans in this league reminds me a little bit of when you are a high school coach when you are playing a Wing-T team one week and a triple option team the next and then you are playing a run-and-shoot team,” said Montana State head coach Jeff Choate in July. “There is a lot of diversity in the offensive styles.”