25: Jay Finley, Baylor—Finally got moving in the second half of the season, including a 250-yard game against Kansas State. Not flashy, but gets Baylor the yards they need.
24: Dan Herron, Ohio State—Finally got hot with great games against Minnesota and Michigan. Has been good most of the season for the Buckeyes, though not great.
23: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma—A workhorse and a very solid running back. Was set to put him in the top 20, but no 100-yard games since October hurts him; peaked early.
22: Stepfan Taylor, Stanford—Which one will show up? The one in the middle of the year was a top-10 running back in the country, while the one we saw against Arizona State and California was questionable. Nonetheless, he can still get touchdowns even on off games.
21: Michael Dyer, Auburn—Somewhat splits time with Onterrio McCaleb, otherwise stats would be far better. How much of his yardage is due to his ability and how much is due to Cam Newton shifting defenses and Gus Malzahn's genius? More probably comes from the latter.