I loved this book on college football X’s and O’s (And you will too)

Let’s be honest, most of the stuff being passed off as football “analysis” by the mainstream sports media is complete crap.

And that’s the nicest thing I can say about it.

This is just one of the reasons why I’m convinced giant media companies like ESPN will become less and less important over the next decade

Well that, and the fact that their subscriber numbers are in a complete nosedive right now (but I digress).

Compare the kind of mediocre and uninteresting commentary you’ll get on TV with the guys over at Inside the Pylon, who if you haven’t been paying attention, are putting out some of the best X’s and O’s analysis anywhere online.

A couple months back, they decided to release their first book, written by Mark Schofield, called 17 Drives.

I gotta tell you, I absolutely loved it.

Schofield put together a breakdown of 17 of the most interesting and significant drives of the 2015 college football season, including:

  • The exciting drive that Oklahoma put together in Week 2 to tie up the game late against Tennessee
  • Michigan State’s drive in the final moments of the Big Ten Championship to hand Iowa their first loss of the year.
  • Alabama’s drive to seal the game against Clemson in the National Championship

Football season is still months away, and for those of us (like myself) who aren’t interested in watching NFL Draft coverage, this book is the perfect way to hold you over until the fall.

There are over 300 pages of diagrams and notes on football strategy, and it’s the kind of thing you can re-read over and over again to pick up new details.

As I told Mark after reading it, this book will force me to step my game up in my own football writing.

(Nothing wrong with a little healthy competition after all)

If you’re an X’s and O’s fanatic, 17 Drives is a must-read.

Get your copy now.

-Alex Kirby