2. Travis Dye is the best backup RB in the nation
Travis Dye led all rushers on Saturday with 92 yards and it only took him five carries to reach that mark. He now has 286 yards and three touchdowns on the season and he’s averaging 7.0 yards per carry which would be a great line for a starting running back through four weeks, but he’s actually acting as the Ducks’ RB2 behind CJ Verdell.
Dye has only touched the ball more than 10 times twice this year and he’s still pushing Verdell as the team’s top rusher. He has about 50 fewer yards and one fewer touchdown than Verdell on 19 fewer carries than Verdell which is astounding.
Verdell and Dye might be the best one-two running back punch in the Pac-12 right now and that would be tough to argue — maybe Arizona State has a case when everyone is healthy — but saying the latter is the best backup running back in the nation is almost a sure thing.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better backup running back in college football. Dye would start on most teams.