Die-hard college football fans will be indulging themselves in anything they possibly can to get through the next eight months with no football.
From national signing day on February 5 to the start of spring practices, fans will be following their programs closely to keep sane until August.
All of this is especially true for fans down south in SEC country. SEC fans eat, sleep and breathe football, and when it's all over every January, they die a little on the inside.
One way we get through this dreadful eight-month period is by debating over early rankings and lists, such as a way-too-early top 25 and power rankings of players. To ease your pain a bit, here is the first in a series of lists ranking the top five returning players at each position in the SEC, starting with the running backs.
The SEC has some of the best running backs in the country and will have even more future stars with the 2014 recruiting class. However, we reserve the top five spots for backs that have played at least one season at the college level.
With that said, here is the top five returning running backs for next season. Hopefully over the next few weeks, these rankings will help get you through this college football-less world until August.
All player stats courtesy of ESPN.com.