While the NFL has clearly become a passing league, it's clear the NCAA is still utilizing some of the best running backs the nation has seen in recent years.
Having a good runner is key to victories. Some people will say you can win without certain aspects, but a stellar running game is not one of them. If your running backs are no good, your team is going to suffer for it.
The men on this list are of the most value in the nation at this point in the season. They've proven they can be the catalyst for their teams and be the determining factor in how games turn out.
Some of the pressure has to be taken off the quarterback—unless you're either Case Keenum or a quarterback playing at Hawaii. Still, these men have been the best in the nation so far in 2011 and will continue to run wild.