If the spread offense was an equalizer, the spread with tempo is an equalizer on uppers.
Louisiana Tech's only loss this year was a 59-57 shootout against . . . Texas A&M.
Up-tempo is here to stay. Proponents fear only that blow back from powerful men like Saban might lead to rule changes designed to curb the enthusiasm.
Part of what makes up-tempo work is that defenses can substitute only if the offense substitutes.
Warner, from his center position, gets almost perverse satisfaction watching Louisiana Tech's offense wear down opposing linemen. "You can feel it when it does happen," he said. "You can feel the tired."
Up-tempo advocates laugh when it is suggested Alabama is somehow disadvantaged by the current rules system. The Crimson Tide has won two of the last three BCS titles and is favored to win this season.
"His style has worked so long I don't think he wants to have to change to adapt," Warner said of Saban. "But the more and more people do it, the more he's going to have to change. Because there's more people on his schedule playing that way."
Warner is thrilled to be at the center of all this attention.
Sometimes, though, late at night, he conjures scenarios where he goes all Ruston rogue and calls an audible for himself.
"Center 63 screen," Warner said. "I just run out to the sideline and let the running backs block for me for a change. I hold the ball all of the time. Surely I could snatch on to it if someone tossed it to me."