Courtesy/NU Media Relations
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska is among a half-dozen teams switching to the 3-4¬†defense with the hope of having the same success with it as Big Ten rival ¬†Wisconsin.
¬†Associated Press research found that 48 of the 68 power-five conference teams¬†and FBS independents still use the four-man front as their primary alignment.
¬†Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo said he thinks more teams will be¬†changing to the three-man front because of how effective it can be against¬†passing offenses.
¬†The 3-4 helps in recruiting because linebackers are more plentiful than¬†athletic defensive linemen. Schematically, the 3-4, more than the 4-3, challenges offenses because with four linebackers, quarterbacks are left to¬†guess from which direction the pass rush will come.