Post For Coach_Deen from his son:
What I was doing took longer than I thought it would, so I didn't get near as many games as I wanted. That said, I ran 25 test games to test the running game only with my Pittsburgh St. team and "onsides" Oklahoma Panhandle St. We both ran the I-Formation and 4-3 balanced defense. My goal was to see how game planning effected the run.
Through 25 games:
350 carries / 1,569 YDS. / Avg. 4.48 YPC
462 carries / 675 YDS. / Avg. 1.46 YPC
OK. Panhandle St.
975 carries / 7,350 YDS. / Avg. 7.54 YPC
637 carries / 1,812 YDS. / Avg. 2.84 YPC
I believe, without a doubt, in this situation game planning is very relevant. Maybe too much so, but I'm not sure about that. The Pitt St. numbers are about what I would expect, 4.48 vs. pass defense, 1.46 vs. rush defense, but the OK. Pan. St. numbers were much wider, 7.54 to 2.84.
Also, though not what I was looking for, I believe this test goes a long way in showing that the ratings also mean a tremendous amount...IN THE RUNNING GAME. OK. Pan St. had stronger RB's, OL & DL, though not by a lot in any one area it added up to be significant. They avg. 7.54 per rush vs. pass defense vs. Pitt. St.'s 4.48, and 2.84 vs. rush defense vs. Pitt. St.'s 1.46 yards per attempt. Based on this small test I would say the running game is in decent if not great shape. I'm going to do the same thing in the next few day's with the passing game. Needless to say I expect far different results!