Here is a look at some of the Top Running Backs in College Football for 2018. The list can be argued as to where they may fall or if someone belongs on the list or not, but this is our list of top running backs.

  1. Bryce Love (Stanford) Almost all list start with this running back. He decided to come back rather than go to the NFL. He is likely the top back for Heisman consideration as he ran for 2,118 yards and scored 19 touchdowns for an average of 8.1 yards per carry.
  2. Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) Last season as a freshman he ran for 13 touchdowns on 299 carries for 1,977 total yards. He is capable of putting up big numbers in the Big Ten.
  3. Cam Akers (Florida State) He is a dual threat on the ground and in the air. With new coach Willie Taggart directing him, he will likely surpass his numbers last year which saw him run for 1,025 yards and score seven touchdowns along with 116 yards in the air on 16 catches.
  4. J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State) He got his chance when Mike Weber got hurt and he made the most of it. As a freshman, he averaged 7.23 yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns. Also, he ran for 1,403 total yards and did it against some of the best in the Big Ten Conference.
  5. Myles Gaskin (Washington) Last year Gaskin rushed for 21 touchdowns and became the active leader in career rushing yards in the FBS. Now a senior, look for him to add plenty to his 4.055 career yards rushing.
  6. AJ Dillon (Boston College) The final seven games last season saw Dillon reach a new level as he averaged 179.4 yards per game. For the season, he had 14 touchdowns and 1,589 total yards rushing. He will be even better for his sophomore year.
  7. Damien Harris (Alabama) He could have gone to the NFL but chose to stay at Alabama and lead their running attack again in 2018. Last season he shared the ball and still ran for over 1,000 yards on 135 carries. Now that he is the primary running back, his game may go crazy.
  8. Devin Singletary (FAU) Head Coach Lane Kiffin knew he had something special with this running back and he put the ball in his hands. Last year, he rushed for 1,920 yards and an outstanding 32 touchdowns. What can he do for an encore?
  9. Justice Hill (Oklahoma State) The ball belongs to Hill now. He is a dual threat that led all the rushers in his conference with 112.9 yards per game. Look for him to get even better now that Mason Rudolph and James Washington left for the NFL.
  10. David Montgomery (Iowa State) He was a beast last year as he led college football by causing 109 missed tackles while rushing for 1,1146 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 296 yards to go with eight touchdowns.
  11. D’Andre Swift (Georgia) He is no longer a backup to Nick Chubb or Sony Michel. But when he was, he ran for three touchdowns and 618 yards. The sophomore will have a breakout year and more.
  12. Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma) Once Anderson got the job all by himself, he rushed for 1,161 yards with 13 touchdowns and average 6.2 yards per contest. He will improve on those numbers in 2018.
  13. Travis Etienne (Clemson) The Tigers will count on the sophomore to add to his 766 yards and 13 touchdowns this season as he and Tavien Feaster will be a tandem. In 107 carries, Etienne averaged 7.2 yards per carry.
  14. Benny Snell (Kentucky) Last year he scored 19 times on 1,333 yards rushing to improve on his freshman season. Look for Snell to get plenty of carries as the Wildcats train a new quarterback.
  15. Mike Weber (Ohio State) As part of a tandem set of running backs. Weber will be sharing the ball with Dobbins. Mike Weber was limited last season with a hamstring injury and still had 626 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year. Look for these two to provide a potent offense for the Buckeyes.

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