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How Oklahoma will stop the Alabama offense part 3.

Now the fun one! This final part is on our run defense.

First off, no. You're wrong. Our run defense is not trash, you're trash for only looking at base stats. Total yards? 52nd nationally. Yards per rush attempt? 46th nationally. Total rushing TDs allowed? 119th in the nation. Yup! We don't suck, I promise x'D

First off, let's make something clear about that Kansas game... Yea that Kansas game, let's just ignore that one. Seriously, ignore that. It doesn't exist. It's like a giant pile of dog shit in the middle of the Sistine Chapel, and everybody's like "HEY. LOOK AT THAT GIANT PILE OF DOG SHIT" instead of realizing they're surrounded by artwork.

The second most yards/carry Oklahoma had allowed all season was 4.7 yards per carry. Not bad, over a 12 twelve game stretch, not bad at all. Then BAM, the #71 yards/carry offense comes into town and says YOUR GOOD RUN DEFENSE BE DAMNED, I'm going to run for 9.7 yards per carry and drop your rushing offense rank from #26 to #52 in one week, just because. Then everyone's going to laugh and point fingers at you, just because.

This game is a fluke game! That's 5.0 yards above our SECOND worst rushing performance of the year! This isn't like Clemson or Georgia came knocking, this Kansas offense was #71 going into that week and had a career day. Shit happens. Just ignore this game. If you don't ignore it, you're missing what's really happening, and that's this loud front seven making plays all day.

We were #26 in rushing yards/carry before that game, and ignoring that game altogether we're the #23 ranked yards/carry defense in the country. And yes, we gave up 31 rushing touchdowns. But that's on the pass-defense! Check this out, it's every single rushing TD we've allowed all season:

5 yards

7 yards

3 yards

2 yards

1 yard

5 yards

3 yards

2 yards

1 yard

1 yard

9 yards

5 yards

2 yards

5 yards

9 yards

1 yard

1 yard

1 yard

10 yards

2 yards

3 yards

23 yards (against Kansas!)

3 yards

42 yards (against Kansas!)

25 yards (against Kansas!)

7 yards

1 yards

1 yards

17 yards

16 yards

3 yards

Other than the Kansas game, we only had TWO rushing touchdowns given up all year longer than 10 yards (for comparison, the #1 ranked run defense only gave up 1 TD longer than 10 yards all year). And every other TD aside from that game came within the Red Zone. 20/27 non-Kansas TDs came on runs of less than 5 yards. Our shit pass defense put the offenses in the red zone, and they ran a pre-designed 1-5 yard play into the endzone. Every time.

Our Red Zone defense is trash. Maybe someone smarter than I am can look into why. But when it comes to down-to-downs, their rushing attack vs our run defense, we win 9 times out of 10. Alabama is #20 in the nation in rushing yards/carry. Our run defense is #23. Murray and Bolton are both top 10 in the nation in total tackles. They have the #2 OLine in the nation, but their leading rusher only averages 6.7 yards/carry (freshman Kennedy Brooks leads the nation at 9.04 for comparison). We're going to make it an absolute point to stop the run and make this a one-sided offense. We can do it. If we shut down their rushing attack, we win.

It's our #1 passing attack and #2 rushing attack (based on yards/play) against their #2 passing offense and #20 rushing offense. This is a game of who can slow who down the most, and whichever side can force the other to go one-dimensional wins. Is their secondary stopping the best passing offense in college football history? Nah. Are they stopping the #1 ranked RB in the country? Nah. Are they stopping a dual-threat Heisman winning QB (who leads the nation in yards/carry when adjusting for sacks)? Nah.

Are we stopping their Heisman-runner up and #1 ranked receiving corps in the nation with our pissant pass defense? HELL NO. But can we stop their #20 ranked run defense with our underappreciated, #23 ranked run defense that is going to be giving everything they possibly have to stopping the run? Yup.

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