If you're expecting to only see spread passing attacks and receivers who can stretch the field for the Big 12's offenses this fall then you're going to be shocked at some of the guys toting the football. The Big 12 is stocked with talented running backs and there isn't a cupboard more stocked than the one Bob Stoops has at his disposal. Here's how we rank the conference based on the guys running between the tackles.
1. Oklahoma Sooners | How good is redshirt freshman Rodney Anderson? He's good enough that senior Alex Ross is now in Columbia, Missouri and will be running for the Tigers. Bob Stoops said after the spring that he expects Anderson to get some touches this fall, despite the fact that the Sooners already have the best running back duo in the Big 12 with junior Samaje Perine and sophomore Joe Mixon.
2. Baylor Bears | They aren't quite the thunder and lightening duo that Oklahoma has but Baylor's Shock Linwood and Johnny Jefferson are still pretty spectacular. Linwood is averaging over a thousands yards per season, through his first three years in Waco, and even with the coaching change we shouldn't expect these two to be any less than what they were last year when the combined for over 2,300 yards and 18 touchdowns.
3. Texas Longhorns | If you like bruising backs then you're gonna want to watch some Texas Longhorns football. D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren are going to leave a bunch of linebackers sore on Saturday evenings.
4. Iowa State Cyclones | Mike Warren ran for over 1,300 yards as a true freshman last season. New Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell is going to be looking to build his offense around him in 2016.
5. Oklahoma State Cowboys | It's going to be bang or bust for Stanford transfer Barry Sanders Jr in Stillwater. He doesn't have to be what his dad was to the Pokes but he does have to be a bunch better than the returning leading rusher Chris Carson or the Cowboys' offense could be doomed.
6. West Virginia Mountaineers | Rushel Shell had a solid season in 2015 where he averaged 4.4 yards per carry. He'll look to crack the 1,000 yard barrier for the fist time in his four years as a Mountaineer this fall.
7. TCU Horned Frogs | Junior Kyle Hicks has only carried the ball a total of 101 times during his first two seasons in Ft. Worth. That'll change this fall as the Frogs look to make him the workhorse of their offense.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders | Tech is absolutely going to miss DeAndre Washington and while Justin Stockton has shown that he's got potential, it's still unclear what the Red Raiders will look like on the ground this season.
9. Kansas Sate Wildcats | It's running back by committee in Manhattan with Justin Silmon, Charles Jones, and Dalvin Warmack all sharing the workload.
10. Kansas Jayhawks | Ke'aun Kinner averaged 4.2 yards per carry last season and will be complimented by speedster Taylor Martin.