Stanford’s Jumbo Power Package
When people talk about Stanford football the first thing they think about is physical football and their running game. They want to establish the run and impose their will. In an era of spread offenses, Stanford is one of the few teams that will play snaps with 7 linemen and 2 two tight ends and come right at you. In the play below, this is exactly what they do. They bring in 7 linemen, and have a 2 tight ends one aligned as a true tight end and one as a full back. The formation is double tight with a strong wing. In this formation, they have created 9 gaps at the line of scrimmage which the defense has to account for. UCLA aligns in a 3-4 front and the defensive end to the strength is in a 4i so they don’t have anyone in the c gap or d gap. Again this personnel group and formation is in a regular field situation creates a huge dilemma for the defense. Without anyone in the c or d gap, Stanford just walls down the front side and the guard pulls around and based off formation he is actually pulling for the corner fitting in. This is stealing for a team like Stanford especially with a running back like McCaffrey. Here is the clip below:
The other thing these overload formations and personnel groupings does is force the defense to load the box which forces them to play man. In this clip, Stanford gets in this overload formation and just throws a basic 3 step slant vs man for a touchdown.