The Big 12 announced Thursday that it will begin using the same “play-calling” principles used by other conferences next season, including the spread offense, which uses two wide receivers on the field for a play action pass and a running back on the sidelines for a screen pass.
The Big 11 and Pac-12 also adopted the spread, but the Big 12 said it was in a transitional phase, and the Big Ten and SEC were in the process of adopting it as well.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that the conference was following in the footsteps of the Pac-10 and SEC.
“This is the next step in the evolution of our football program,” Bowls by saying.
“It is an evolution that will see us become a national power, a premier conference and a leader in college football in all areas.
We have the opportunity to lead the nation in the sport of college football and our players will be a key part of that.”
Big 12 Commissioner Gary Patterson said that Big 12 players have worked on developing play-calling in a “truly collaborative environment” since the inception of the conference in 2000.
He said that all teams in the conference will be using the play-call, which was first used by the Big 11, Pac-8 and Big 12 in 2006.
The play-and-react offense, however, will use a different method, which involves running the same play multiple times.
“In a play-action offense, we will use two wide receiver for a quarterback screen pass and two wide out for a running screen pass,” Bowld said.
“In a zone read play-by-play, we’ll use a running quarterback as the receiver, and in a zone, we would have a defensive lineman and linebacker with the quarterback.
There will be multiple plays that will be run in these situations.”
Big 10 Commissioner Bob Parsons said that his league has adopted a similar play-the-clock approach to the Big East and SEC, which use a similar spread offense that involves the quarterback and wide receiver as the play call.
He added that the Big 10 is working to develop similar play calling in its own conference.
“It’s important that we stay ahead of the curve,” he said.
“[But] we have been very successful at playing the clock.”
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said the conference is looking to adapt the playbook to allow for different plays than what was previously used by conference opponents.
“We’re always looking for ways to expand our playbook to meet the demands of our opponents,” Delany told ESPN.
“We have some great play-books, but there’s always room for improvement.
This year, we’re doing some things we’ve never done before.
I don’t want to say we haven’t done them before, but this year is the first time we’re actually using them.”
The Big Ten has yet to announce whether it will adopt a play clock.
The league announced that it had changed the play clock from 10 seconds to 20 seconds during its annual spring meeting in February.
The NFL also said last month that it would adopt a more frequent play-clock in its season.
The Pac-16 is using a new play-in clock and the SEC uses a hybrid clock, similar to the way that college football teams play in college.