Clemson and Alabama both exploit an unstoppable play: the run-pass option. The only problem is it may break the rules of football.
By Andrew Beaton and Ben Cohen
Jan. 8, 2017 10:04 a.m. ET
The most devastating play in college football combines the game’s most effective offensive schemes to produce something even more potent. It’s a play that upends years of football orthodoxy and only exists because of a polarizing rule change that has been slowly tearing the sport apart. And it’s a play that either No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 Clemson will use to win the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday night.
The play is called the “run-pass option.” But it’s better known inside the sport—for better and worse—by an abbreviation that has become part of every coach’s lexicon: the “RPO.”
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