Study: Who had the spread-iest spread offenses in college football last season?

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These days, nearly every offense in college football can fall under the umbrella of "spread offenses" in some way shape or form. For some it's an identity, but for most it's just a means to an end - to get the ball in space. Offensive coordinators live to force their defensive counterparts to cover a running back or wide receiver in a 1-on-1 situation. 

Fortunately, there is a tool to measure how often an offense puts defenders on an island - assisted tackles. A 1-on-1 situation doesn't allow for any assisted tackles; either the defender makes the play on his own or it's a touchdown. SB Nation stats expert Bill Connelly charted solo and assisted tackles for every game throughout the season, uncovering a gem of a game in which Texas Tech forced Stephen F. Austin to make 60 solo tackles and with zero assists. The Red Raiders won, 61-13, with six of their eight touchdowns coming from at least 18 yards out. 

While no one else was able to match Texas Tech's 100 percent solo tackle rate from that September night, a lot of schools came close. And, unsurprisingly, most of them were in the Big 12 and Pac-12. Over the course of the season, the Big 12 led college football with an 80.1 percent solo tackle rate (5,906 total solo tackles, 1,471 assisted tackles) followed by the Pac-12 (76.4 percent) and the Sun Belt (75.1 percent). 

On an individual level, the Big 12 accounted for the top two spots and three of the top four.

Team

Solo Tackles

Assisted Tackles

Solo Tackle Rate

1. Kansas State 

596

79.5

88.2%

2. Texas Tech

721 

103 

87.5%

3. Arizona State

758 

129 

85.5%

4. Baylor

700

135

83.8%

5. Indiana

582

113

83.7%

6. Purdue

451

93

82.9%

7. Temple

531

112

82.6%

8. Fresno State

700

151

82.3%

9. Wake Forest

475

106

81.8%

10. Syracuse

637

144

81.6%

Now let's skip the next 114 steps and go all the way down to the bottom. That would be where we'll find the staunchest advocate of grind-it-out, slow-it-down football. They may not have snapped the ball early in the play clock, but nearly one out of every two Arkansas snaps ended in a Razorback getting gang tackled. 

Team

Solo Tackles

Assisted Tackles

Solo Tackle Rate

125. Arkansas

334

268

55.5%

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