Big Ten Forecast: Montee Ball Leads Elite Group of Top 10 Running Backs

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Big Ten Forecast: Montee Ball Leads Elite Group of Top 10 Running Backs
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Montee Ball of Wisconsin is the best of a talented group of running backs in the Big Ten.

The top 10 rushers in 2011 are returning to play Big Ten football this season.

That's right.  They were all underclassmen last year and three of them were quarterbacks (Michigan's Denard Robinson, Minnesota's MarQueis Gray and Nebraska's Taylor Martinez).

Factor in an additional group of five to 10 players and you have a conference that is rich in running back talent.

Here's an early look at the 10 best running backs in the Big Ten as we draw closer to the 2011 season. It wasn't easy, as I reviewed the rankings at six different college football sites.

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