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7. Georgia RBs vs. Texas Run Defense (Sugar Bowl) 

Running back D’Andre Swift (7) headlines a strong Georgia rushing attack. His presence will be essential for the Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl (USA Today).

If there’s one facet of the game in which Georgia head coach Kirby Smart isn’t afraid to drill home; it’s running the football. Acccording to Team Rankings, 61.6 percent of the Bulldogs’ offensive plays were running plays this season, the 15th-highest rate in college football.

Georgia can get away with such a one-dimensional offense because it has the luxury of carrying two of the premier running backs in the nation in D’Andre Swift, and his sidekick, Elijah Holyfield. The two combined to rush for 1,994 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and 17 TDs through 13 games in 2018.

Standing in Swift and Holyfield’s way, literally and figuratively, is the Texas Longhorns’ run defense, which collectively has allowed four yards per rush attempt and 135.9 rushing yards per game this season.

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