The warmups are over.
The Big Ten has dealt with its cupcakes and battled its out-of-conference foes. Some teams have come out unscathed. Others, well, notsomuch.
One thing that's been consistent throughout the conference, like any other year, is the running games.
The teams that have been winning have been winning on the ground and the team(s) that's been losing lost trying to run.
So while the teams clear their minds preparing for their first conference clash, I've done some fall cleaning myself.
I skipped a week of rankings to assess the style of the article. I received many comments saying the rankings were skewed or they weren't truly following their title.
My intentions had been to rank the rushing attack and not the running back, and that caused confusion. So from here out I am ranking the rushing attack as a whole.
Obviously the top backs will be a vital part of that, as will quarterbacks, wideouts and fullbacks.
And I'll begin my new style by recapping how these teams have run the ball so far this season to give them a foundational rank for the rest of the season.
Without further complication, here's how the Big Ten rushing attacks have fared so far this year...