Adam Rittenberg writes:
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 standard pro set with a pure drop-back passer, Kirk Cousins, and a boulder of a running back, the 244-pound Le’Veon Bell.
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