The SEC has a reputation for playing stifling defense, but the running game has been just as good over the years. Last season, a total of eight teams averaged at least 160 yards on the ground, and there were two that ranked inside the top 20 in the country.
When looking at the backfields in the SEC, there is just about everything you hope to see. There are your bruisers who want to run defenders over and pick up those tough yards. You have your playmakers that look to make defenders miss and end up on highlight reels.
However, the thing that arguably separates this conference from everybody else is the depth at the running back position. While most teams have just one great back, the SEC may have two or three guys who could legitimately be the starter.
There is still a lot of time between now and the new season, but it is never too early to peak at what the new year has to offer.
Here are the best backfields in the SEC heading into the 2013 college football season.
Note: All stats come from cfbstats.com unless otherwise noted. Also, rankings are put together based on a combination of experience, depth and past performance.