COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Joseph Randle #1 of Oklahoma State Cowboys can't reel in a pass in the flat against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field on September 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Well that was fun wasn't it?
The league's two top running back tandems went head to head Saturday and A&M's leading rusher was their quarterback. The full ranking after the jump...
1. Joseph Randle, Jeremy Smith - Oklahoma State
Joseph Randle led the way with 83 yards on 21 carries. Smith added another 39 yards on 6 carries with a touchdown. The duo got yards when they had to and combined for 122 yards on 28 carries. More than 4 yards per carry against the stout Aggie defense and the 12th man.
Gray was ineffective against the Cowboys with 35 yards on 13 carries. Michael had an impressive 62 yards on 6 carries - and then they stopped giving him the ball. What on earth did Michael do to Sherman? I'm guessing he slept with his daughter. Clearly the better back in College Station.
3. Henry Josey - Missouri
Hell has frozen over...Actually, Pinkel has just stopped playing games with his running backs and look what it's done. Josey is currently 5th nationally in rushing yards with almost 400 yards over the last 2 games. His performance in Norman was impressive. 14 carries for 133 yards and a TD. Nice job Hank.
4. Terrance Gannaway - Baylor
Gannaway has found the end zone every game this year and had never had less than 80 yards rushing. He's a little bit of an afterthought in the Baylor offense, but he's putting up respectable numbers against somewhat respectable talent.
This duo combined for 113 yards and a TD on 31 carries. Doesn't look like running the ball is a strength of this OU team but they're winning. They should be able to pad stats nicely this weekend when they take on powerhouse Ball State.
6. Malcolm Brown - Texas
Texas was off last weekend but freshman Malcolm Brown looks like the real deal. I'll be watching him closely as the Longhorns travel to Ames to take on the
Natty Light Cyclones. He topped 100 yards in his first start on the road at UCLA. Let's see how he does on the road in the Big 12.
7. Eric Stephens - Texas Tech
Stephens has good numbers, but Tech hasn't played anyone. It's not hard to put up respectable numbers against the likes of Texas State, New Mexico and Nevada. They'll continue that trend this weekend when they travel to Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks.
8. Iowa State -
Word is...In Ames....If your name's not Steele Jantz, no one gives a shit.
9. Kansas State - John Hubert
Hubert looks to be the man in the little apple. 166 yards and a TD against the "U" is impressive. He'll be running against Baylor this week so Mr. Hubert could be climbing the charts soon.
10. Kansas - James Sims