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Big Ten offenses are spread out

Originally Published: August 17, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

It would be easy to watch the inaugural Big Ten championship game last December and conclude that the league's offensive identity hasn't changed much through the years.

Wisconsin, the epitome of power football, lined up with two tight ends, a single back and five colossuses up front. The Badgers did what they've done for years: pound away with a gifted running back, Montee Ball, and mix in play-action passes. Michigan State's offense had a passing lean, but the Spartans operated from a ...

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