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August 25, 2009
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.)