That Mark Richt – what a card. Here I am thinking that maybe he’s done a little Internet digging at some place like cfbstats.com, because of this quote:
Georgia’s tailbacks have totaled more than 130 yards rushing in each of the past four games, and Kentucky ranks 11th in the SEC and 98th nationally in rushing defense, but Richt said the game plan for success on the ground against the Wildcats isn’t quite so simple.
“There are some statistics of them maybe having some people running the ball against them relatively well, but most people that have hurt them running the ball have hurt them with the option game,” Richt said. “The more traditional zone, power, sprint draw, the things that we do the most, they’ve been much more tougher and physical against those types of runs.”
Like I said, I was impressed. Until I went to cfbstats.com myself and took a look at Kentucky’s game-by-game run defense stats. Yeah, the Floridas and Mississippi States did well. But the teams that UK shut down weren’t controlled so much because of the type of running game they employed, but because they’re generally shitty offenses. Miami of Ohio, Louisville, Louisiana-Monroe, Eastern Kentucky and Vanderbilt aren’t likely to strike fear in a defensive coordinator’s heart.
Meanwhile, there’s this stat line:
10/03/09 Alabama L 20-38 42 204 4.86 2
It doesn’t look like that traditional offense had much trouble running the ball, did it?
If the offensive line and running game for Georgia are on the upswing, the Dawgs should be able to run the ball this Saturday, scheme or no.
Now how Martinez is going to deal with this guy, on the other hand…