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Poster Team: Florida

"Spread formations are not new to football," Coach Meyer wrote. Not Urban Meyer of Florida, but Dutch Meyer of TCU in his 1952 book, "Spread Formation Football." The trick is simple. Fields are 53 yards, four inches wide, and offenses want defenses to account for every single inch. Spread the defense, and the offense may pick its open spaces to exploit.

The modern spread is like barbecue -- every region has its own recipe. The spread is proving that offenses don't evolve as much as they recycle. Today's spread option is yesterday's single-wing with better passing. The mixing of the option into the spread has moved offenses ahead of defenses -- for now.