- Kevin Gemmell, College Football
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The fun part about polls is going back to revisit some of the thoughts folks had before the season.
Case in point: On Aug. 2, we asked which player would lead the Pac-12 in rushing? Kenjon Barner won the poll with a robust 46 percent of the 7,277 votes. And this wasn't a case of Oregon fans just dominating a poll. I think that was the likely preseason consensus (at least, that's how I voted). John White IV was second, the "other" option was third, Isi Sofele fourth, and Stepfan Taylor fifth.
As it turns out, the "others" might have been right. So let's put the question out there again, now that we have a little more data at our disposal, and see if we get different results.
Your choices (in order of where they currently rank in rushing):
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA: He has shot up the Heisman ballots through the first two weeks by posting back-to-back 200-plus yard games. He leads the nation in rushing, and has totaled 431 yards for a whopping 10.5 yards per carry -- best among all backs with at least 21 carries. (Yes, we're aware that De'Anthony Thomas is averaging a ridiculous 16.6 yards per).
Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona: He seems to be flourishing in Rich Rodriguez's offense. So far he's rushed for 273 yards (136.5 yards per game) and has scored four times. Big test for him next week when the Wildcats roll into Autzen.
Kenjon Barner, Oregon: The preseason front-runner still has a great shot at winning the rushing crown. He has 267 yards and a league best five rushing touchdowns. Right now, Thomas is getting about one carry for every four Barner takes. That shouldn't prevent Barner from putting up serious yards.
John White IV, Utah: He's had more carries than any other running back in the conference (again), and it looks like the Utes will be leaning on him to carry the offense (again). Through the first two games, he has 215 yards.
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford: The Cardinal are still adjusting to some new offensive linemen, which could account for Taylor's decline in yards per carry (5.5 average last season, 4.6 this season). But he's a grinder and a fantastic all-around back. He has 185 yards on 40 carries through two games.
The fun part about polls is going back to revisit some of the thoughts folks had before the season.Case in point: On Aug. 2, we asked which player would lead the Pac-12 in rushing?