ACC Teams Keeping Chains Moving On The Ground

Atlantic Coast Conference teams are enjoying their most productive rushing output in nearly two decades.

League teams are averaging 170.7 yards per game this season, the highest since at least 1996, according to STATS LLC. In addition, eight of the 12 returning schools from last year are averaging more yards rushing this season.

Georgia Tech leads the league with its run-heavy scheme, while Boston College leans heavily on Heisman Trophy candidate Andre Williams. No. 24 Duke and North Carolina use a rotation of runners, while No. 6 Clemson, Maryland and North Carolina State get steady rushing help from their quarterbacks.

Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden sees several factors in the improved rushing averages, including no-huddle offenses that squeeze more plays into games and spread out defenses.