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Up-tempo spread making waves across the SEC

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago October 30, 2013 Oct 30, 2013 Wednesday, October 30 2013 October 30, 2013 3:34 PM in LSU Sports
Source: AP Sports Writer

FAYETTEVILLE - The Southeastern Conference used to be thought of as the place creative offenses went to die.

No more.

Led by an influx of new, offensive-minded coaches, the SEC has joined the rest of college football by embracing the age of the spread.

It's a trend highlighted by the success of schools like Auburn, Texas A&M, Missouri and Ole Miss, though not all of the league - highlighted by defending national champion Alabama - has let go of its running and defensive roots.

The different styles have played out in more ways than just on the field. They've also led to debate about player safety among coaches and increased salesmanship in recruiting battles centered on the spread's appeal to skill players eager to make it to the NFL.

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