Another great week of football is upon us and before we can look ahead, it's time to look back at the best running backs and rank them.
The rankings are based on seasonal results as well as performances from the past week. Instead of ranking the running backs by team, I decided to go with a breakdown of players. Do you agree with the rankings? Chime in with your thoughts on the best backs in the SEC.
Georgia is having a very tough season and it just got worse after a loss to Colorado. Caleb King put in a good day's work as he rushed for 100 yards on the day, but it was not enough to get the win or keep Georgia out of the basement in the running back rankings.
Warren Norman is a decent option at running back, but quarterback Larry Smith leads the team in the air and on the ground. Norman had six carries and 27 yards, but Vanderbilt had to pass much of the game to try and catch up with the Huskies.
Okay, for Arkansas I used more than one running back. Broderick Green, Knile Davis, and Dennis Johnson are all very talented (when healthy), but let's face it, the Razorbacks just don't run enough to get placed high in this type of ranking.
Mississippi State is in the middle of the pack when it comes to rushing the football and gets the majority of its rushing yards from the quarterback spot. That does not mean that they don't have talent in the running back position, however.
Vick Ballard tore up the Alcorn State defense on eight carries for 119 yards and scored three touchdowns on the day.
The Vols are near the bottom of the rushing numbers in the SEC but Tauren Poole is very talented. He put up 109 yards and a touchdown against LSU in a heartbreaking loss and is one reason for Volunteer fans to be excited.
The offensive superstar on the Tigers is quarterback Cameron Newton, but the Tigers as a whole run the ball very well. They are first in the SEC in rushing offense and are a solid running team. Four players scored a touchdown in the easy win over Louisiana Monroe, but for the rankings I am going to focus on Onterio McCalebb.
He busted a 50-yard touchdown run to get the scoring barrage and that gave him a sweet average of 14 yards per carry. That is good enough to get him into the power rankings.
Jeffery Demps is basically the best offensive threat that the Gators have this year. He has already been slowed by injuries or his numbers would be even better.
He rushed the ball 11 times for 47 yards against the Crimson Tide, but it's tough for anyone to run against the Tide, even a player as talented as Demps.
Marcus Lattimore is one of the best young running backs to burst onto the college football scene this year. He still has some learning to do and will get a huge test of his skill when he faces a ferocious defense in Alabama.
Derrick Locke is second in the SEC in rushing behind Ridley, but he has as much talent as anyone in the country.
He only rushed for 68 yards on 19 attempts in the loss to Ole Miss, but he scored twice to keep them within striking distance. He may not have had a good week rushing the ball, but he is still one of the best in the league.
Ole Miss is surprisingly second in the league in rushing offense and that is ahead of great teams like Alabama. The main reason for that is Brandon Bolden.
Bolden scored on the ground and through the air in the big win over Kentucky. He posted 108 yards on 23 rushing attempts and is one of the better ground gainers in the SEC.
LSU played a lousy game and escaped with a win against Tennessee, but Stevan Ridley was the exception. The running back rushed the ball for 123 yards on 22 carries, including the game-winning one-yard touchdown run to seal the victory. He is the leading rusher in the SEC and earned the honors of SEC offensive player of the week.
Say what you will about LSU and Les Miles, but Stevan Ridley is a superstar.
He may not be the leading rusher in the SEC, but he most certainly is the best. The Heisman winner could easily win it again with the way that he is playing so far this season. He is one of the leaders on the best team in college football and powered the Crimson Tide to a win over Florida last weekend, scoring two touchdowns in the victory.
Mark Ingram is the best back in the SEC and perhaps the country.
Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews, and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at email@example.com.