Another day come and gone, another list that Wisconsin Badgers star running back Melvin Gordon has landed on. No this not a preseason college football award watch list as those have all been announced. The Heisman Trophy contender has landed at No. 11 on Sports on Earth Top 100 list.
In fact Gordon is the only Wisconsin Badger to land on the list which is littered with numerous Big Ten players as well. Quarterback Braxton Miller of the Ohio State Buckeyes is the highest ranked Big Ten player on the list coming in at the eight spot. The Big Ten has a total of 19 players who have landed in the top 100 list.
According to this top 100 list, Gordon is considered the second-best running back behind, you guessed it, Georgia’s Todd Gurley. Both Gordon and Gurley will be in a heated battle this season as the country’s best running back of 2014. And both will be in the Heisman Trophy discussion throughout the year.
With Gordon landing just outside of the top 10, I can’t really complain or be upset that he is the 11 spot. Sure you could make an argument for the most explosive player in college football to be a few spots higher, but looking at the top 10 you see guys that are deserved of their respective spots.
Speaking of the top 10, here is how Sports on Earth had them ranked:
10. CB Vernon Hargreaves-Florida
9. DE Randy Gregory-Nebraska
8. QB Braxton Miller-Ohio State
7. WR Amari Cooper-Alabama
6. DE Vic Beasley-Clemson
5. DL Leonard Williams-USC
4. OT Cedric Ogbuehi-Texas A&M
3. RB Todd Gurley-Georgia
2. QB Marcus Mariota-Oregon
1. QB Jameis Winston-Florida State
I like these lists and they’re fun to look at and debate over. But the list that really counts is the one at the end of the season. Melvin Gordon will be making his case as one of, if not the best player in college football this year.