College Football's Best Backfield Tandems

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College Football's Best Backfield Tandems
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Oregon's LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner form the most dangerous running back duo in college football

Recently, we’ve been seeing an increasing trend of NFL teams relying on a complementary two running back system to produce a successful and consistent rushing attack, and now that same philosophy seems to be trickling down to the collegiate level.

The idea of having a two-headed backfield in which both backs can bring different skills to the table is a good one, but often times, finding the right pieces to put in place can be somewhat challenging.

Most teams try their best to find at least one running back who can come in and carry the load, so any coach who is lucky enough to have two players who are capable of tearing through opposing defenses should thank the football gods for his good fortune.

Over the last decade, dynamic rushing duos like Reggie Bush and Lendale White at USC, Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson at Alabama and Clinton Portis and Frank Gore at Miami have helped to carry their teams to the national championship game.

While there may not be any pairings in college football this year that can match that kind of talent in one backfield, there are plenty of duos who will make life miserable for opposing defensive front sevens this season.

Let’s have a look at college football’s top backfield tandems for 2011.

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