ACC Football: Ranking the Running Backs Through Week 3

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ACC Football: Ranking the Running Backs Through Week 3
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Sadly, Saturday's match-up between Boston College and Virginia Tech has lost some of its luster. Before the season, Virginia Tech was a nationally ranked powerhouse vying for a BCS bowl. Three weeks in? Nobody knows what to expect from this Hokie team.


The game was supposed to be a duel of top running backs. After all, Ryan Williams and Montel Harris combined to run for over 3100 yards last season. This year however, things are different. Montel Harris has run for 195 yards in two games, but that yardage has come on a piddling 4.1 yards per carry.


Ryan Williams? His story is even more unfortunate. After being stopped in his tracks against Boise State, Williams turned in a pedestrian effort in a shocking loss to James Madison and had only eight yards on six carries before injuring his hamstring against East Carolina.


As these former titans prove to be mortal, the question rises: which running back will ascend to the top of the rankings? With nine out of twelve starting running backs averaging better than six yards per carry, it's not such an easy decision.

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