Week 1 of the 2010 college football season had its fair share of close games, demolition derbies, and stand-out performances. There were plenty of Pac-10 teams and players included in all of the mayhem of the opening weekend.
The Oregon Ducks trounced the New Mexico Lobos 72-0, Washington lost a heart-breaker to BYU, USC's offense looked crisp against Hawaii, and UCLA struggled to stop the run against Kansas State, just to highlight a few.
Ranking these teams' running backs is a particularly tough task after just one week. Oregon's star runner LaMichael James was suspended for the team's opener, allowing Kenjon Barner, Remene Alston, and Daryle Hawkins opportunities to rack up yardage.
Other backs around the league, like Arizona State's Cameron Marshall, racked up big numbers against vastly inferior opponents.
With that in mind, power-ranking the Pac-10's top running backs will be a fluid process, possibly shifting dramatically from week to week for the first month until backfield rotations have settled and conference play is well underway.
Thus, here is a close approximation of the top 10 running backs in the Pac-10, based solely on Week 1 performances.