Commenting the Alabama-Clemson game, a commentator noted that Clemson would run many "side" plays and try to wear down the Alabama defense. Apparently that didn't work, given the result.
How would a team wear down the other team (without similarly wearing itself down)? Does it "fake" several plays and run one, so several sets of defenders are exhausted on each play?
Another reason this might not work is because players are freely substitutable in football (unlike e.g. baseball, where it is once per person per game). Or is the whole idea to force the other team to use "second-string" (and presumably inferior) players?
I guess if one team's players were a lot bigger/stronger than the other's, they could wear down the other in trials of strength such as those occasioned by draw plays and "off tackles". But that didn't appear to be the case in last night's game.