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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Another method for ranking running backs (aka Barner's really good)

Check out the quarterbacks to see a quick description of what we're doing here. The difference this time is that I've removed FCS opponents and changed the rankings to points per game.

Barner led all runningbacks in EPA in 2012 and, no surprise, he leads here as well. Barner had the most productive game by a running back against 3 of Oregon's opponents (USC, Arizona State, Washington State). Dri Archer was a reasonably close second (but his -5 against No. Illinois was not good). Kerwynn Williams was stellar against half of the Aggies opponents, but notably not stellar against BYU, Utah and Wisconsin.

Most impressive, though, is Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon in the top 11. Not only do these two share a backfield, they also play the exact same schedule, so they limit the other's production and points. Between them they have 4 top performances and 12 top 3 performances. Call me crazy, but that might have something to do with them winning another national championship.

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