With the 2011 season seven months away, it is not too early to begin speculating about the relative strengths of favored teams as the first signing date for college football prospects has passed.
Now begins the season of the inevitable shuffle as players shift, some changing their minds and some relocating for a variety of reasons.
As pundits begin to assess the top college football teams of 2011, they focus first on the offensive leaders––the quarterbacks and the running backs who will be returning to lead their teams.
The top teams will have players armed with experience offering a greater understanding of their respective offensive roles in 2011.
The ranking considers the skill of both players at the college level, measuring the depth of familiarity of the players with the offensive system in play.
Each player in the tandem may not be equally adept at his position. Some teams may be lacking or building at quarterback or running back so are not included.
For example, while Nebraska has an established quarterback in Taylor Martinez, the Huskers have a desperate need at running back. They will be scrambling early to find someone to fill that role as quickly as possible. Kansas State on the other hand, has too many quarterbacks. Wisconsin has considerable depth at running back, but no tested quarterback in place.
There are many seasoned running backs hoping to settle in behind a good quarterback and vice-versa.
Here are the top 25 combined.