Something that is not mentioned much on here is that the Houston offense is pretty much the Ohio State offense. Watch Ohio State play and it looks very familiar.
Many folks have been very down on the O after Arizona. One thing though I think is worth pointing out is that we are running a system that a) has won national championships b) tried and tested c) has a very distinct philosophy.
I think that is a very good thing. When Levine was here, can anyone name what we were trying to do offensively besides fixing what wasn't broken? Me either. It was a collection of plays from the fragments of the Air Raid (at least it was when Bush was in charge).
Our offense all starts with running up the middle and everything flows from that. Not always exciting, not always electrifying, but it works.
Arizona ran a deep cover umbrella zone, so it caused us to throw more to the sides. We were also very balanced. O-line did not give up a sack. Allen had time to throw. We were able to run.
Maybe we won't be great this year on offense, but I saw a lot to like against Arizona. And it seemed like, well a first game of the season.
Let's see how it goes, but it seems Applewhite is indeed keeping the blueprint intact unlike Levine. That's good.