Huskers Join Badgers With 3-4 defense, Hope For Same Results

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.

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