USA Today names Stanford’s Bryce Love nation’s top RB over Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley is the top running back in college football, right? Not according to USA Today.

In a recent list of the country’s top 10 tailbacks, Paul Myerberg of USA Today placed Stanford’s Bryce Love at No. 1 ahead of Barkley. While Barkley remains the favorite to win the Heisman and is considered a potential top-5 NFL Draft pick, Love’s eye-popping numbers put him at the top of the list.

The Stanford running back is averaging 10.5 yards per carry and already has 1,240 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns through six games. In that same span, Barkley has 649 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns and 395 receiving yards.

Here’s Myerberg’s reasoning on placing the Penn State junior at No. 2:

Barkley is a transcendent college talent likely destined for near-equal success on the next level. But even as the highlight reel overflows with jaw-dropping moments, don’t forget that he’s been held under 100 yards in four of Penn State’s six games. Call it nitpicking — the numbers don’t really do Barkley total justice — but Love has the edge by a hair.

This could be an interesting insight into how some Heisman voters may lean when it comes time to cast the ballots. Would Barkley fall behind Love because his numbers aren’t as great? Or will the impressive highlights and team success help Barkley become Penn State’s first Heisman winner since John Cappelletti in 1973?

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