Editor’s note: Each week, the good folks at ESPN Stats and Information will help us take a look inside the numbers that matter prior to Georgia’s games. We’ll share some of their data here on the blog every Friday this fall.
NO. 6 GEORGIA VS. OLE MISS
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.
1: Running back league?: Fresh off a 118-yard outing that Mark Richt described as one of the underrated elements of Georgia’s win against Florida, freshman tailback Todd Gurley now sits third in the SEC in rushing at 92.5 yards per game (120 carries for 740 yards and 10 TDs).
Gurley’s per-game average tumbled after a 39-yard game against South Carolina and a 47-yard game against Kentucky. But he posted his fifth 100-yard outing of the season against the Gators to move back toward the top of the SEC charts.
Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel leads the league with an average of 99.1 rushing yards per game (117-793, 13 TDs). If Manziel, Gurley, Mississippi State’s LaDarius Perkins (95.2 yards per game) or Florida’s Mike Gillislee (91.1) -- the only four players averaging at least 90 yards per game -- fail to increase their per-game average to at least triple digits, it would mark the first time since 1972 that the SEC’s leading rusher didn’t average at least 100 yards per game. Auburn’s Terry Henley led the SEC with 93.7 yards per game that season.