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.
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1. Kansas State
2. Texas Tech
3. Arizona State
8. Fresno State
9. Wake Forest
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.
Solo Tackle Rate