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Week 8 Rankings

Friday, October 21, 2011


Running Backs

1. Bobby Rainey — Western Kentucky vs. LA-Lafayette. With Marcus Lattimore sidelined, Rainey will contend for the second straight year to lead the NCAA in carries, where he currently ranks third nationally with 171 rushing attempts. He’s been Western Kentucky’s entire offense this season, accounting for 943 of the team’s 1,870 total yards and seven touchdowns, while going over 100 all-purpose yards in each of his first seven games. The Hilltoppers run a one-cut zone blocking scheme with an unbalanced 60:40 Run-to-Pass ratio…Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1) yields an average of 119.4 yards and 1.4 touchdowns to opposing running backs.



2. Bernard Pierce — Temple at Bowling Green. Coming off an impressive 34-0 shutout over Buffalo, Pierce set single-season records for rushing yards (844) and points (102), and currently holds Temple’s career record for touchdowns (44). There isn’t a more effective running back on a per-play basis in the MAC…Bowling Green allows an average of 407.7 total yards and 29.6 points per game on defense… Temple is 17-1 when Pierce carries the ball at least 18 times.



3. Trent Richardson — Alabama vs. Tennessee. As the SEC’s top offensive performer Richardson continues to make his case for Heisman consideration with 912 yards and 16 touchdowns. Alabama has an experienced offensive line that should have no problem handling the Tennessee front four which could open up running lanes for Richardson, who currently leads the SEC in 20-plus yard gains.



4. Orleans Darkwa — Tulane  vs. Memphis. With QB Ryan Griffin expected to be less than 100 percent, Tulane will lean heavily on Orleans Darkwa, who should see enough touches to maintain his averages against a Memphis team that ranks bottom-third defensively against the run. The 6-0, 214-pound sophomore is a difference maker in both the running and receiving, where his 503 total yards place him fifth on the Conference USA leaderboard and in the top 20th percentile nationally at his position.



5. Giovanni Bernard — North Carolina at Clemson. The redshirt freshman outshined Miami’s Lamar Miller in a loss to the Hurricanes last week and has gone over 100 yards rushing in all but one game. Bernard ranks third in the ACC in total yards and leads all freshman running backs with his 109.6 yards per game this season.




Mid-to-Low End options

David Wilson — Virginia Tech vs. Boston College

Lamar Miller — Miami vs. Georgia Tech

Marcus Coker — Iowa vs. Indiana

Doug Martin — Boise State vs. Air Force

Dominique Whaley — Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech

Zach Line — SMU at Southern Mississippi

Kenjon Barner — Oregon at Colorado

Robert Turbin — Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech

Rex Burkhead — Nebraska at Minnesota

Christine Michael — Texas A&M at Iowa State

Charles Sims — Houston vs. Marshall

Perry Jones — Virginia vs. NC State

Henry Josey — Missouri vs. Oklahoma State

Montee Ball — Wisconsin at Michigan State

Dominique White — Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan

Brandon Oliver — Buffalo vs. Northern Illinois

Matthew Tucker — TCU vs. New Mexico

Jasmin Hopkins — Northern Illinois at Buffalo

Joe Banyard — Texas El Paso vs. Colorado State


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