Washington coach Chris Petersen is known for his creativity when it comes to trick plays. Alabama coach Nick Saban is known for his large support staff and thorough pregame preparation.
Welcome to the chess match that is Alabama vs. Washington in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff.
According to a coaching source connection to Seattle sports talk personality Dave Mahler, the Crimson Tide isn’t playing around when it comes to Petersen’s bag of tricks. The source told Mahler that Alabama has ordered tape of every game that Petersen has coached over the last eight seasons, whether it be at Washington or Boise State, and the staff will be charting every trick play.
Got this text from a coaching buddy of mine. Correct about the staff. It's huge! pic.twitter.com/66pxFc37PM
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) December 15, 2016
Something tells us that the staff will be doing more than just charting the trick plays with this tape, but that’s at least an indication that the Crimson Tide does not plan to be fooled by anything Petersen has done in previous games. If he wants to trick Saban’s crew, he may have to go to the drawing board for something brand new.
In 2007, Petersen became famous for his uncanny ability to call trick plays at just the right time as he guided Boise State to a stunning Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma.
Here’s a look back at that memorable night, which is surely also being reviewed by the Alabama staff even if it doesn’t fall within the reported eight-year window: