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.