Leonard Fournette took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to weigh in on a popular topic. Fournette stated that the combination of he and sophomore Derrius Guice are the “best duo” likely referring to the much debated best running back duo.
If you ask me we the best duo @DhaSickest
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) November 13, 2016
Given how the two played last night, they can make a case. Guice ran for an absurd 252 yards while Fournette added another 98 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Combined the duo have rushed for 1,684 yards and 17 touchdowns. But does that make them the top duo?
Depending on what stats you look at, they might not even be the top duo in the SEC. We’ve accumulated the stats of four other talented SEC backfield to compare.
Fournette and Guice, combined stats: 1684 rushing yards, 17 touchdowns.
These stats might be even greater if Fournette hadn’t missed four games due to injury. Fournette and Guice rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the conference in yards per carry. But if you’re going to make a case for these two, then you have to factor in that the two combined for just 43 rushing yards against Alabama. If you’re going to be the top duo, you have to play like that in the biggest game.
Auburn’s Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson, combined stats: 1821 rushing yards, 17 touchdowns.
This Auburn duo has similar stats to that of Guice and Fournette. And like Fournette, Pettway has missed a handful of games due to injury. The Tigers missed him dearly on Saturday, as Auburn did not register a single first down in the second half of a loss to Georgia. The Pettway injury probably helps theirr case for the best duo.
While team wins isn’t necessarily a fair stat to use, Auburn did win the head-to-head against LSU this year. And Auburn still has a chance to take down No. 1 Alabama later in the season. If Pettway and Johnson can lead them past the Crimson Tide, who have the No. 1 rushing defense in the country, they’ll have a real argument.
Kentucky’s Boom Williams and Benny Snell, combined stats: 1,879 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns.
The Wildcats and Mark Stoops are on the verge of bowl eligibility because of their running back duo. Williams is second in the conference in rushing while Snell is tied for second in rushing touchdowns with 10. The pair helped Kentucky run for over 400 yards against Tennessee on Saturday but the Wildcats still lost to Tennessee.
Kentucky became the first team this year to loss when rushing for over 400 yards.
Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, combined stats: 1,334 rushing yards, 7 touchdowns.
In terms of national name recognition, Chubb and Michel might be the only ones who can match up. They are the only duo to each have a 1,000 yard rushing season. Their stats are down this year due to a variety of issues, including offensive line play. Chubb and Michel also had to deal with a coaching change from last season, as Kirby Smart and Jim Chaney took over for Mark Richt and Brian Schottenheimer, as head coach and offensive coordinator.
Alabama’s Damian Harris and Jalen Hurts, combined stats: 1,474 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns.
So Hurts isn’t a running back. But the Alabama freshman does lead all players with 11 rushing touchdowns and trails only Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald in rushing yards by a quarterback. With the number of games Alabama is likely to have left, these two both have a good chance at cracking over 1,000 rushing yards. And the two play for the best scoring offense in the SEC, so that has to count for something.
So which duo do you think is the best in the SEC? Let us know in the comments.