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    Rank the Big 10 Rushing Attacks

    The focus this offseason in the Big 10(outside of expansion) has seemed to focus on the QB. Whether it be the continued development of returning stars or the high amount of new starters. But as I look at each team, the league seems to continue to be dominated by great rushing attacks. So, how would you rank the top 5?

    1. Wisconsin (John Clay and Zack Brown behind that OL will be great)
    2. Iowa (I love the three headed monster with Hampton back)
    3. Ohio State (I include Pryor)
    4. Penn St. (I don't know much about their new QB and if he'll contribute to the run game, but Royster/Green is top 5)
    5. Illinois (I want to put them higher but I don't want to be a homer.)

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    I'm not sure about all 5, but I would agree with Wisconsin being #1. They always have a great powerful running attack.

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    1. Wisconsin
    2. Iowa
    3. Ohio State
    4. Illinois
    5a. Michigan State
    5b. Penn State

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    Last season:

    RUSHING OFFENSE G Att Yds Avg TD Yds/G
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    1. Ohio State.......... 8 349 1589 4.6 12 198.6
    2. Wisconsin........... 8 368 1581 4.3 15 197.6
    3. Illinois............ 8 322 1411 4.4 11 176.4
    4. Penn State.......... 8 290 1398 4.8 13 174.8
    5. Michigan State...... 8 249 1031 4.1 7 128.9
    6. Michigan............ 8 313 961 3.1 12 120.1
    7. Purdue.............. 8 256 927 3.6 8 115.9
    8. Indiana............. 8 230 883 3.8 9 110.4
    9. Northwestern........ 8 295 853 2.9 7 106.6
    10.Iowa................ 8 273 778 2.8 7 97.2
    11.Minnesota........... 8 273 777 2.8 11 97.1

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    I agree with Wisconsin truely being the number 1 rushing offense, however, their lack of passing game and ability to spread the field will hurt them. Also take into consideration their ball security issues. Clay is a very good back but he has to be able to hold onto the rock. And stay healthy.

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    I figure at the mid-point I would revist this and re-rank the teams:

    1. Michigan St- Baker, Bell, and Caper haven't been stopped yet and may never be.
    2. Illinois- LeShoure is a monster, a legit top 2 Rd talent, Ford would start on most teams. Maybe some homer in here, but Zook's Illini have always run the ball.
    3. Wisconsin- They haven't been right for almost the entire season but Clay and White are still getting it done.
    4. Michigan- Denard Robinson can run with the football. He's a heck of a weapon but not having anyone else keeps them out of the upper echelon.
    5. Ohio St.- Boom Herron can wear you down and there is this guy named Pryor. But, Pryor is the really only explosive option on the ground and he's trying to prove himself as a passer.
    Last edited by BCB mwat15; 10-13-2010 at 02:54 AM. Reason: :facepalm: see below

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    Its Caper not Cooper

    should be a fun game to watch on Saturday, two good running games, our defense is solid against the run, dont know anything about yours really. I think in the end our experience at QB/WR will be the difference
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    The strength of our D is actually run defense because we have really strong LB play and physical safeties to play with a good run player a DT and DE. But, like I said in the game thread, I think Cousins is the difference maker.

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