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LSU Football: Are Spencer Ware and Michael Ford the Best Running Back Tandem?

Are Spencer Ware and Michael Ford the best running back tandem in college football?
Are Spencer Ware and Michael Ford the best running back tandem in college football?Butch Dill/Getty Images
Danny FlynnSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2011

This year, there are some terrific backfield tandems in college football, like Oregon’s LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and James White, Auburn’s Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb and Texas A&M’s Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael. But one talented duo that rarely gets the spotlight is LSU’s Spencer Wart and Michael Ford.

When people talk about LSU, they focus in on the Tigers' tremendous defense, but if this team is really serious about making a run to New Orleans, they’re going to have to rely on Ware and Ford to get them there.

After deferring most of the carries to workhorse back Stevan Ridley last season, the two sophomores have made the most of their opportunity this year.

In the first three games of the season, the two have combined to rush for 444 yards and seven touchdowns.

The two backs have similar builds and running styles, and they’re both the type of strong and durable runners that you can use to wear down and soften up a defense.

Both Ware and Ford are remarkably talented athletes for their size and both were highly coveted recruits coming out of high school.

Even though they failed to make a huge splash sitting behind Ridley last year, this season, you can really tell just how much potential both of them possess.

If LSU is serious about winning the SEC and serious about making it to the big game, the Tigers are going to need to establish a consistent ground game throughout the season, and Ford and Ware will be two crucial components to the team’s success.

While it’s surely too early to call Spencer Ware and Michael Ford the best running back tandem in college football, it may not take them very long to earn that title.

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