This morning, I offered you the first installment of my statistical breakdown of the Ole Miss Rebels. Now, for your lunchtime enjoyment and edification, I once again provide you with a digestible morsel of . . . Too Much Information.
Newly-named Georgia starting tailback Kregg Lumpkin. (Photograph from Savannah Morning News.)
The Running Game
Neither team is as adept as it ought to be at running the football. Despite fielding talented tailbacks, Ole Miss and Georgia possess the sixth- and eighth-ranked rushing offenses, respectively, in the Southeastern Conference. The two teams have tallied equal numbers of first downs on running plays, gaining 31 apiece.
The Rebels have scored the league's fewest rushing touchdowns (4) and they average just 2.3 rushing yards per game more than the 'Dawgs. However, Georgia ekes out about 12 extra inches per rushing attempt, averaging 4.1 yards per carry . . . a number virtually identical to the 4.2 yards per carry given up by the Mississippi D.
When it comes to defending the run, though, there is no comparison between the two teams. Ole Miss, ranked 10th in the conference in rush defense, has allowed over twice as many rushing yards (694) as the fourth-ranked Bulldogs (344). The Georgia D has permitted the league's third-fewest first downs on running plays (22), while the Rebels have surrendered the most in the S.E.C. (41).
Ole Miss shouldn't expect to see a lot of this.
The Feel Good Stat of the Week
No team in the S.E.C. has taken fewer trips into the red zone (7), scored in the red zone fewer times (4), scored fewer touchdowns in the red zone (3), scored fewer rushing touchdowns in the red zone (3), or scored fewer passing touchdowns in the red zone (0) than the Mississippi Rebels.
On the other hand, no team in the S.E.C. has allowed fewer touchdowns in the red zone (2) than the Georgia Bulldogs.
To be continued. . . .