Saturday’s game between the No. 6 LSU tigers and the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs may feature not only the two best running backs in the SEC in LSU’s Jeremy Hill and Georgia’s Todd Gurley, but they may be the two best backs in the nation.
Gurley entered the season with a ton of hype after a phenomenal freshman season that saw the 6-1, 232-pound North Carolina native rush for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns, and was getting preseason Heisman buzz.
The preseason talk surrounding Hill wasn’t as positive, but after being suspended at the start of the season for an offseason arrest is looking like the punishing runner LSU fans saw in the final seven games last season. Hill is coming off the best game of his college career and is the reigning SEC offensive player of the week for his performance vs. Auburn.
Hill and Gurley will be future stars in the NFL when the time comes, but who will be the best player on Saturday in Athens?
Gurley has 27 more rushing yards than Hill (377-350), but Gurley also has 21 more carries. Hill’s average per carry is a stellar 8.3 compared to an impressive 6.0 by Gurley. Hill also has him in the touchdown department with six total touchdowns to Gurley’s five.
Neither back plays a prominent role in the passing game with Gurley having four receptions for 29 yards and Hill yet to record a catch this season, so the winner of this game could be the running back who victimizes the opposing defense the most.