Southern Mississippi-- 179.9 yards per game -- 5.01 yards per rush -- Top returning rusher: RB Ito Smith; 80.57 yards per game, 6.6 per carry
At Florida-- 126.93 yards per game -- 3.48 yards per carry -- Top returning rusher: Jordan Cronkrite, 13.08 yards per game, 3.57 per carry. -- Top newcomer: RB Mark Thompson
New Mexico State-- 180.50 yards per game -- 4.89 yards per carry -- Top returning rusher: RB Larry Rose III; 137.58 yards per game, 6.88 per carry *Rose III rushed for 1651 yards in 2015
South Carolina-- 154.67 yards per game -- 4.39 yards per carry -- Top returning rusher: RB David Williams; 24.92 yards per game, 3.48 per carry. -- Top newcomer: QB Brandon McIlwain who will pose a challenge in the read-option and running out of the pocket.
At Alabama-- 199.93 yards per game -- 4.67 yards per carry -- Top returning rusher: RB Damien Harris; 13.08 yards per game, 3.41 per carry -- Top newcomer: RB Bo Scarbrough
Vanderbilt-- 154.67 yards per game -- 3.75 yards per carry -- Top returning rusher: RB Ralph Webb; 96 yards per game, 4.16 per carry
With a top-shelf SEC secondary, opponents will likely rely on a ground attack when facing the Wildcats. First down plays will be critical. Forcing opponents into certain passing situations will allow its high-powered cornerbacks the opportunity to create turnovers. In order for this to happen, Kentucky has to stop the run.