Whereas youth is served among running backs in the SEC, their counterparts in the Big Ten are decidedly more seasoned.
At the recent conclusion of spring practices, all 12 of the Big Ten’s teams projected to give a good majority of their carries to either a junior or senior running back. While injuries, ineffectiveness, a change in game plan or a combination of those factors could change that, the fact remains that being a Big Ten running back is an “old man’s” game in 2013.
That’s reflected in our 2013 Preseason Big Ten Starting Running Back Rankings, in which Wisconsin is the only team to feature an underclassman (sophomore Melvin Gordon, who will split carries with senior James White).
Regardless of who ultimately gets the carries in Big Ten play, the result of those carries will go a long way toward determining conference supremacy this year.