No matter how much you hear about spread offenses and space-age passing
games, many coaches boil down winning to one thing: Running the
Running accomplishes a lot of things. It helps a team control the
clock. It puts an offense in safer down-and-distance situations. It
allows the defense to rest.
Who would you say are a couple of the nation's most surprising teams at
this point? Certainly Rutgers owes its 7-0 start to the ground game.
How about Boise State and its 8-0 start? The Broncos are in the top 10
in the country in rushing. So are unexpected top 25 teams Arkansas and
With that said, we ran through the NCAA statistics and ground out this
information for you:
Winning percentage of teams in the top 10 in the NCAA in
rushing offense, including four undefeated teams and no teams with
losing records (61-11)
percentage of teams in the top 10 in the NCAA in passing offense,
including two teams with losing records (46-29)
Rutgers RB Ray Rice.
Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill.
Division I-A teams, including No. 11 Notre Dame, that
don't have as many rushing yards the entire season as Wisconsin
redshirt freshman running back P.J. Hill has in his past four
by Boise State running back Ian Johnson this season
Touchdowns by No. 18 Boston College this season
Touchdowns of 50 or more yards rushing and receiving by
Clemson true freshman running back C.J. Spiller
of 50 or more yards this season by the offense of No. 2 Michigan
Touchdowns of 50 or more yards this season by the defense
of No. 2 Michigan
Clemson RB C.J. Spiller.
yards in the past two games by West Virginia quarterback Pat White, who ranks fourth in the Big East in rushing
yards in the past four games by Syracuse, last in the Big East in