Okay, I'm done with Cyclone sympathies and now will focus on contributing a little more to Iowa football on this blog. I think that goes over better.
In 2011, I did some exploratory statistics, trying to find a better way to compare rushing production. I went down the simplest and probably most well-understood path and used the current QB Rating to construct a RB Rating. After some tweaking of the numbers (adjusted avg. QB TD to avg. RB TD, INT to FUM, etc.), I had a system that measured running efficiency decently.
So, I decided I'd start it back up again. Here are Iowa's rushers and their respective RB Ratings:
vs. NIU: 13/20 rushes, 100 yards, 0 TD, 1 FUM = 100.00
vs. MSU: 20/30 rushes, 180 yards, 2 TD, 0 FUM = 166.33
Total: 139.80 (QB Equivalent: Jordan Lynch, NIU.... unintentional)
vs. NIU: 9/17 rushes, 76 yards, 0 TD, 0 FUM = 99.88
vs. MSU: 7/10 rushes, 40 yards, 0 TD, 0 FUM = 112.00
Total: 104.37 (QB Equivalent: Cody Green, Tulsa)
vs. NIU: 3/4 rushes, 20 yards, 1 TD, 0 FUM = 265.00
vs. MSU: 5/7 rushes, 33 yards, 2 TD, 0 FUM = 278.07
Total: 273.32 (QB Equivalent: This is hard to compare since Rudock is mainly a situational rusher (so far, within the opponent's 10 yard-line), so I did a fair comparison. In 2010, Ricky Stanzi went 13/21, 64 yards, 11 TD and 0 INT for a QB Rating of 260.4 within the 10-yard line. Is that a good enough comparison? Okay.)
These are early season, so they don't mean much. Rudock hasn't rushed much, so it's hard to gauge him, although it's hard to deny when he runs, it's been effective. When it comes down to straight efficiency when the ball is in his hands, Rudock IS the most efficient.
For comparison, here are some of the leading rushers in the nation right now:
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor: 24/28 rushes, 261 yards, 5 TD, 0 FUM = 281.80
De'Anthony Thomas, Ore: 23/29 rushes, 252 yards, 5 TD, 0 FUM = 265.38
Kasey Carrier, NM: 43/61 rushes, 345 yards, 4 TD, 0 FUM = 165.94