SDS will break down all 10 SEC bowl games from a numbers perspective, and here is a look at this year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl between Texas A&M and Duke.
The good thing for Texas A&M is that Duke’s offense doesn’t have a potent running game. The Blue Devil’s offense is effective and balanced, but it’s not explosive, particularly the running game. The Aggies have been the SEC’s worst defense at stopping the run and is giving up over 220 yards per game on the ground.
On paper, it’s a mismatch, but the biggest mismatch is Duke’s offense against the Aggies’ porous defense. Although Duke’s defense has given up some serious yardage, they have been pretty solid keeping opponents off the scoreboard and are only yielding 24.7 points per game.
|Scoring Offense||43.6 PPG||31.6 PPG|
|Rushing Offense||187.25 YPG||173.69 YPG|
|Passing Offense||350.9 YPG||234.4 YPG|
|Total Offense||538.2 YPG||408.1 YPG|
|Scoring Defense||30.9 PPG||24.7 PPG|
|Rushing Defense||221.33 YPG||175.31 YPG|
|Passing Defense||239 YPG||233.2 YPG|
|Total Defense||460.3 YPG||408.5 YPG|
|3rd Down Offense||77/152 (50.66%)||70/185 (37.84%)|
|3rd Down Defense||66/168 (39.29%)||75/203 (36.95%)|
|Red Zone Offense||80% (50 TDs, 6 FGs)||84.91% (37 TDs, 8 FGs)|
|Red Zone Defense||86% (32 TDs, 5 FGs)||80.95% (26 TDs, 8 FGs)|
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