Why Rushing Matters More in College Than the NFL

2. The spread-to-run philosophy has not caught on in the NFL.

The spread-to-run philosophy has revitalized rushing games throughout the college level, and just about everyone uses it now to some degree. It helps to clear out the middle of the field a bit, creating more space where all those big bodies that Easterbrook talks of had been crowding it. With receivers talking up a lot of horizontal real estate, fewer guys can be dedicated to the area between the tackles. It’s brilliant in its simplicity, and it works.