20. Matt Breida – Georgia Southern:
Breida is a sophomore that has gotten better each week. In the last three weeks he has put together three 100-yard games. He’s scored at least one touchdown in all five games this year and scored multiple times in three contests. He’s averaging an insane 9.4 yards per carry on the year.
Best Game: Against South Alabama (187 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs, 8.9 AVG)
19. Aaron Jones – UTEP:
The Miners’ sophomore running back began the year with three massive games. He’s scored in every game this year, with multiple touchdown games three times. He’s coming off of his worst game, which came against Kansas State, in which he his season low of carries (19).
Best Game: Against New Mexico (237 Rushing Yards, 3 TDs, 10.8 AVG)
18. Jonathan Williams – Arkansas:
The Razorbacks are running the ball great this year and their junior back Williams is a big reason why. He’s put together three really solid games on the ground and has racked up 486 yards in four games despite splitting carries. He’s averaging 7.4 yards per attempt and scampered for a 90 yard touchdown in week two.
Best Game: Against Texas Tech (145 Rushing Yards, 4 TDs, 6.6 AVG)
17. Jay Ajayi – Boise State:
The junior running back has put together three very strong games and three mediocre contests for the Broncos this year. Although, he’s one of the top running backs in the nation at catching passes out of the backfield. He’s amassed seven total touchdowns and an impressive 819 total yards in just five games.
Best Game: Against Colorado State (219 Rushing Yards, 2 TDs, 15.3 AVG, 61 Receiving Yards, 1 TD)
16. Kareem Hunt – Toledo:
Hunt has been one of the most consistent runners in the nation in his sophomore season. He wasn’t able to play last week against Central Michigan (ankle), but hopefully will be healthy for the rest of the season. Hunt began the year with four consecutive 100-yard games, scoring in all four, while maintaining an 8.9 yard per rush average.
Best Game: Against Missouri (148 Rushing Yards, 3 TDs, 9.9 AVG)