How important is the running back?
The top teams in the Pac-12 had the strongest rushing offenses. Oregon didn't win the Pac-12, but the 13-1 Ducks did get a BCS bowl berth and beat Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in January. The Ducks averaged over 315 rushing yards per game, and that stat is a huge reason for their successes over the years.
If you can run the ball, you will keep defenses honest, win the war in the trenches, keep your opponent's offense off the field and maintain control of the clock.
This year the league loses some terrific running backs, but also returns some fantastic veterans.
So which teams have question marks at the running back position, and which teams are at status quo?
We've got some answers as we take a peek at the Pac-12 teams.