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Run Offense in the SEC

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200-yard rushing games by teams in the SEC:

  • From 2000-2008 (1320 games), there was a 200-yard rushing game during 26.1 percent of the games. Teams that rushed for at least 200-yards compiled a win percentage of .843.
     
  • From 2009-2016 (1368 games), there was a 200-yard rushing game during 39.6 percent of the games. Teams rushing for at least 200-yards during a game, won .862 percent of their games.
     
  • During the past eight seasons (2009-2016), we have witnessed an increase of 51.7 percent in 200-yard rushing games, compared to the nine seasons from 2000 to 2008. Overall, teams in the SEC averaged 153.6 yards rushing per game from 2000 to 2008. SEC teams from 2009-2016 have averaged 180.8 yards rushing per game, a 17.7 percent increase in rushing yardage per game.

Average number of 200-yard rushing games by teams in the SEC:

1989: 4.2 (Year before Steve Spurrier arrives at UF.)

1992: 3.7

1999: 1.4

2000: 2.1

2001: 2.6

2002: 4.0 (Year after Steve Spurrier left UF.)

2003: 3.2

2004: 4.1

2005: 2.1

2006: 2.7

2007: 4.1

2008: 3.5

2009: 4.7

2010: 4.8

2011: 4.3

2012: 4.4

2013: 6.4

2014: 5.4

2015: 5.0

2016: 5.8

200-Yard rushing games from 2012-2016:

Alabama ............ 42

Auburn .............. 40

LSU ................... 35

Georgia .............. 32

Miss State .......... 31

Arkansas ............ 25

Tennessee .......... 25

Ole Miss ............. 24

Florida ............... 20

Kentucky ........... 20

S. Carolina ......... 19

Texas A&M ........ 15

Vanderbilt ......... 13

Missouri ............ 13

Note the high number of SEC-West teams at the top of the list.

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29 minutes ago, corchjay said:

Running the football means winning the line of scrimmage which equals WINS

Two of the most telling stats are rush yards allowed and rush yards gained

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5 minutes ago, bigbird said:

Two of the most telling stats are rush yards allowed and rush yards gained

Agreed equally as important.  Bright future for us with the OL/DL quality and depth we have If and it's always a crap shoot on quality QB play to go along with it.  

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From 2000-2016 teams in the SEC compiled a combined win percentage of .926, when rushing for at least 150-yards, while averaging 8.5 yards per pass attempt. Establish the run and have a consistent vertical passing game will win a high percentage of games.

 

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Of course you must have a very good run game to win in the SEC.  But, your O must also be sophisticated enough to pass when necessary and by far the most important thing is that you must have an excellent D to compliment a strong running game. AU has been less than average in terms of a a sophisticated passing game (coaching) and until Muschamp was hired, the D was terrible.

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22 hours ago, AUIH1 said:

Of course you must have a very good run game to win in the SEC.  But, your O must also be sophisticated enough to pass when necessary and by far the most important thing is that you must have an excellent D to compliment a strong running game. AU has been less than average in terms of a a sophisticated passing game (coaching) and until Muschamp was hired, the D was terrible.

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In this day & age of college football, coaches are looking more to efficiency and consistency than sophistication. Current NCAA rules limit the time spent with players more than ever. It has also limited the amount of time for full contact during practice. We are seeing more "system" oriented offenses to take advantage of the athletic ability at the skill positions, including the quarterback position. We are seeing more spread offenses that go no huddle. Because of the limitations by the NCAA, offensive coaches are looking for ways to keep things simplistic, placing more of an emphasis on execution. See the following feature...

http://smartfootball.com/tag/passing-game#sthash.5p3fJA1Y.dpbs

During the time span Malzahn has been at Auburn from 2009-2011 and 2013-2016, the Auburn pass-offense ranks No. 5 out of the 14 teams in terms of producing a 130 pass-rating. The league average is 53.2% and Auburn is No. 5 at 61.3%. Arkansas, Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia finished higher than Auburn. It is very difficult running a west coast offense in a no huddle, tempo styled offense. There would be no way to get a play called because of the verbiage involved in calling a play. It would also limit the number of freshman and sophomore QB's learning a complicated pass offense well enough to execute it as the "starter". System oriented offenses have resulted in more younger QB's starting early and having success. Like ANY other team, a more talented player at the QB position will make ANY pass offense look better. Auburn is not the only team that benefited from having an good to great quarterback. Plug in said quarterback into Malzahn's offense and the passing game is extremely efficient. 

I do believe Malzahn's pass-offense needed a change in an effort to give the offense some growth and to limit the predictability factor. I believe they have it in Chip Lindsey but at the end of the day, the caliber of quarterback within the system will make the MOST difference in terms of efficiency and productivity. During seasons with Todd, Newton and Marshall as the starter, Auburn reached the 130 rating 70.3% of the time. During the three seasons without them as the starting QB, AU reached the 130 rating during 48.7% of their games.

 

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Do we think those numbers will go down for us because of chip's system? I wonder does bubba need to lose some weight so that he doesn't get caught from behind on long runs as much, maybe not.. I really couldn't care less about 200 yard games this time around since we seem to finally have a qb that can make all the necessary passes consistently. I'm not worried about us running the ball as long as we cut out the wildcat.

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Amazing work by Stat Tiger as usual. I would be interested to know how we stand with those stats versus ranked teams as opposed to unranked teams. We put up stellar numbers,vs the likes of Arky State, Arky, and MSU, not so much vs Clem, UGA, LSU, UAT.  It's obviously more challenging to put up big numbers against top teams. It just seems like our offenses have struggled versus top DCs like Venables, Aranda, and Pruitt, 2013 being an obvious exception. I feel  we can break that trend this season. WDE

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21 hours ago, StatTiger said:

During seasons with Todd, Newton and Marshall as the starter, Auburn reached the 130 rating 70.3% of the time. During the three seasons without them as the starting QB, AU reached the 130 rating during 48.7% of their games.

That pretty much says it all.  Now can we break that cycle and begin developing QB's capable of that instead of having to recruit from JC or transfers?

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One of the most unbelievable stats in recent history IMO was that recent season (2013?) we were the first SEC team to ever lead the nation in rushing. EVER.

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1 hour ago, aucanucktiger said:

One of the most unbelievable stats in recent history IMO was that recent season (2013?) we were the first SEC team to ever lead the nation in rushing. EVER.

Besides 2004, 2013 is my favorite auburn team of all time .

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On 3/18/2017 at 11:59 AM, corchjay said:

Agreed equally as important.  Bright future for us with the OL/DL quality and depth we have If and it's always a crap shoot on quality QB play to go along with it.  

The OL has to pass protect 10x better than last year. They were not very good last year most of the time. Especially against the blitz.  

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12 hours ago, WarDamnEagleWDE said:

The OL has to pass protect 10x better than last year. They were not very good last year most of the time. Especially against the blitz.  

A large part of that is playcalling. Pass blocking is much harder when the defense knows that you run on first down and throw on third down (as they did roughly 80% of the time last year). 

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