Three yards and a cloud of dust, big offensive lineman—fact is, when most people think of the Big Ten, they think of the running game. It's hard not to when the conference continuously turns out top running backs.
In 2013, the Big Ten had six backs rush for over 1,000 yards and a quarterback (Braxton Miller) do it as well. This season four of those six backs return, making this list very difficult to put together.
Since we are looking forward, past results mean something, but not everything. With so many guys so close in production and promise, how do we separate them? Check out the slides to find out where the Big Ten backs stack up heading in to the spring.
One thing you won't find on this list are guys sitting this spring. We just don't know how that will turn out come fall.
*All stats are courtesy of CFBstats.com.