Interesting Zeke Stats (2014 to 2015 comparison)

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Triv's picture

In comparison to the other 4 RBs in top 5 of rushing yards this season's 15 game projection:

Leonard Fournette (LSU):
375 carries, 3005 yards (would be NCAA record), 35 TDs

Royce Freeman (Oregon):
321 carries 2136 yards, 19 TDS

Brian Hill (Wyoming):
334 carries, 2110 yards, 6 TDs

Dalvin Cook (FSU):
275 carries, 2387 yards, 25 TDs
 

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faux_maestro's picture

The amazing thing is that the NCAA record for rushing yards in a season in FBS is 2628 by Barry Sanders in only 11 games.

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Triv's picture

Yep, and if you include his bowl game he ran for 2850 yards in 12 games for an astounding 237.5 YPG average. That's a record that might never get broken (the YPG average)

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CC's picture

Just to pile on, during that time the passing games were much less sophisticated so there was a bigger emphasis on stopping the run.

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drank1933's picture

Sorry I have to say this, but it was bothering me... Neither Wyoming nor Oregon will play 15 games this season so why make the 15 game comparison with Freeman and Hill?

At this rate, Oregon will be lucky to play 14 games (Long shot for PAC 12 CG + their bowl game) and Wyoming will only play 12 (no way they make their CCG or a bowl).

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Triv's picture

Yes I'm aware of this, just decided to extend all of their seasons to the max possible games played to make it an "even" comparison numbers wise (Fournette's is actually incorrect here and I posted his actual projections below as I forgot about the cancelled game that isn't going to be made up). Didn't want to take away from any of the other backs performances thus far by skewing the end of season projections with different game totals. Obviously it's not guaranteed even one, and only possible that 2, of these guys will play 15 games 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Someone better start tackling Fournette.  I don't want Sanders record going down.  Its a good thing LSUs first game was cancelled.

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Triv's picture

I forgot about that cancelled game, so Fournette will only play 14 games should they make the title. Stats adjusted for 14 games would be:

350 carries
2805 yards
33 TDs

So Sanders 11 game record would still fall, though including his bowl game he sits at 2850 (the NCAA does not count bowl game stats prior to 2002 I believe)

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Unfortunately, the media/NCAA will still recognize it as the record.  Gordon got close last year, and would've gotten there if the Buckeyes hadn't shut him down in the B1G CG.  

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Triv's picture

True, but anybody who knows a little bit about college football and its history knows that Barry Sanders 1988 season is quite possibly the single greatest season by any RB (maybe any player) ever. 2850 yards, almost 240 YPG, 7.6 YPC, and 42 TDs on the ground. Pure insanity

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

I agree.  I just know last year, and then when Montee Ball got close to the TD record, most of the time when it was brought up, the mention of Sanders doing it in 11 games was rarely brought up.  I really don't understand why the NCAA can't go back and add in the statistics from the bowl games into the record books.  It seems pretty simple.

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Oh Montee Ball. I was so happy with the Silver Bullets stuffed him at the end of the game to prevent him from getting the TD record while playing us. I definitely enjoyed that.

I get what you mean though, when talking about older records people rarely bring up that they were done in fewer games. Unfortunately it is easy for people to forget stuff like that when it didn't happen yesterday. If they don't add in bowl game stats another compramise would be to at least list the number of games played to help keep it in perspective.

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bignut2017's picture

As we all know Zekes best 5 games last year were MSU, Cincy, Wisconsin, Bama, and Oregon. 4 of those games were against the best defenses we played. I expect Zeke to start getting 200+ once November 21 rolls around.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Think about the fact that Zeke will easily break 1000 yards in the first quarter against Rutgers.  Urban never had a 1000 yard running back until 2013.  Zeke will do it in 7 games and 1 or 2 carries.  

One of my SEC neighbors told me Sunday evening that Elliott is slow.  I looked at him and asked if he remembered Elliott running away from his whole team in the CFP.  He stammered and said something about straight line speed and hitting the holes slowly in the PSU game.  I reminded him that Zeke was averaging 6 YPC in the first half and 5.7 for the game.  More stammering and telling me how nothing like that will happen against Bama this year.  I hope we play them in the CFP and Zeke and the offense hammer out over 300 yards rushing and another 300 passing just for fun.

Elliott is the most complete back in college football!  When will people see that?

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Funny how people can have a selective memory isn't it? Although, I can't really blame them for trying to block out what he did to Bama last year. If you are a Bama fan I imagine that must have been pretty tramatic.

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Triv's picture

He's the perfect example of the typical "every down back" label. He'll run through you, around you, over you even. And then on third and long when it's clearly a passing down, he'll take you out of the play as a blocker or be the safety valve in the flat. Pretty sure the only thing we HAVEN'T seen him do is throw the football, which I wouldn't doubt he could do at this point 

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Earle's picture

Heavens to Betsy, I do not want him to attempt a pass.  I have no doubt that he would be excellent at it, but the last thing we need is a controversy over who should be throwing the ball.

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CC's picture

You sir are in need of an "85 Yards Through the Heart of the South" shirt!

I have mine and i'm just barely in the south (MD).

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buckeyeCWRU's picture

Regardless of location I would venture to say that every OSU fan should have one of those shirts. It should be standard issue buckeye gear.

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armynurseboy's picture

To be fair, Zeke has been doing a bit too much dancing at the line this year (it was frustrating to watch him come to a complete stop at the line during the PSU game).  But how much of that is him hitting the hole slowly or him getting to the line too fast before the O-line can open a hole for him?

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Earle's picture

I saw interesting statistics and thought this might be another poorly veiled attempt at justifying why a certain QB should be starting.

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Triv's picture

Lol nope, just me having nothing better to do at 3 AM than look at OSU numbers and have some fun with them 

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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