Running the ball still equals winning in college football

Justin Thomas was one of three Georgia Tech players with more than 800 yards rushing in 2014. (Getty Images)

Justin Thomas was one of three Georgia Tech players with more than 800 yards rushing in 2014. (Getty Images)

Running means winning in college football.

Fifteen of the 18 teams that have averaged at least 5 yards a carry in each of the past four seasons, have winning records during that time.

The list, compiled by CoachingSearch.com, includes Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and, not surprising, Georgia Tech.

Alabama, Auburn and Oregon have either won or played for national championships in the past four years.

Oregon has averaged 6.08 yards a carry the past four seasons to lead the nation, followed by Wisconsin (6.03) and Georgia Tech (5.66).

Alabama, which has had three offensive coordinators during that time, is the top SEC team at 5.48, followed by Texas A&M (5.24), which is on its fourth offensive coordinator, and Auburn (5.22).

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 11.08.43 AM Several of the teams on this list are option-heavy offenses, including Georgia Tech, Navy and Air Force, and others have featured mobile QBs. These include Oregon, Auburn and Texas A&M.

As noted, several of these schools have maintained their commitment to the run game despite changes in coordinators and head coaches.

Here are two stats from CoachingSearch.com.

Nine of the offensive coordinators have become head coaches, including former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McIlwain, who is in his first season as Florida’s coach.

Also, nine of these programs, including Wisconsin and Nebraska this season, have changed head coaches during the past four years.


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