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Running game will be key if Tigers are to upset Georgia

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(Missouri Football App) – Mizzou’s rushing attack has served it well this season and will pay dividends if it continues to amaze.

Mizzou averages 258 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 15th in the nation  Gary Pinkel’s squad is also averaging a ridiculous 6.1 yards per carry. Russell Hansbrough and Henry Josey have been unstoppable.  Hansbrough has 48 carries and is averaging 7.9 yards per rush, while Josey has carried the ball 54 times and is averaging 5.7 yards per attempt. 

Georgia’s overall numbers against opposing running backs suggests the Bulldogs are vulnerable against a good rushing attack. Georgia’s run defense is ranked in the middle of the pack. The Bulldogs give up an average of 139.2 yards per game, a number that is nothing to write home about. In last week’s overtime win over Tennessee, the Bulldogs surrendered 189 yards on the ground.

With the above numbers in mind, don’t be surprised if offensive coordinator Josh Hensen decides to dial up the running game early. If the ground game is successful, it will open up a whole new offense that makes big plays down the field more likely.

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