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August 25, 2009
Bradford in good company in OU backfield
Today, we unveil the first of our national unit rankings. We'll unveil one per day and end next Tuesday with overall coaching staffs.
The No. 1 team in the backfield rankings should come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention to college football, but there may be a team or two that catches you a little off-guard.
Here are the offensive backfield rankings. Next up: receiving corps.
OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD UNIT RANKINGS
2. Oklahoma State
3. Penn State
6. Georgia Tech
Others to watch: Fresno State (some big-time runners, but who's the quarterback?); Houston (QB Case Keenum could lead the nation in total offense); LSU (QB Jordan Jefferson's play is key); Ohio State (Can the Buckeyes adequately replace Chris Wells?); Oregon State (RB Jacquizz Rodgers makes the Beavers go); Southern Miss (RB Damion Fletcher is going for his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season); Texas (lack of a feature back hurts); USC (The Trojans have a stable of backs, but the quarterback situation could become an issue).
(Rankings by Rivals.com staffers Olin Buchanan, Tom Dienhart, David Fox, Mike Huguenin and Steve Megargee.)