As defenses home in on spread, offenses still one step ahead

At the start of the decade, you could have counted on one hand the number of programs around the country running the spread offense. Nine years later, the craze has spread through nearly the entire Big Ten and Big 12, other BCS programs and nearly every successful mid-major. Last year’s BCS title game (Florida versus Oklahoma) was the first to pit two shotgun-spread teams against each other.