With the talks of the best player in the country and with the Heisman presentation coming up, one thing has become clearer, especially after the Big Ten title game– Wisconsin Badgers‘ Montee Ball is the best running back in college football.
I know what you’re thinking: how can he be the best running back in the country if he wasn’t the best running back in his conference this season until the Big Ten Championship? There is a simple answer to that question. He has been the most consistent running back over the period of the past three seasons and has seen progression in all but one of his college years.
When you hear the name Montee Ball, you think one thing: touchdowns. What is the most important play in football? Obviously, it’s the touchdown, no matter how you score it or how ugly it is, scoring touchdowns matters the most.
Nobody in college football history has done a better job of that than the Badgers’ Ball.
Ball is the NCAA‘s all-time touchdown leader (82), has the most rushing touchdowns in NCAA history with (76) and has tied the all-time mark for two-touchdown games (25) in Saturday’s victory over Nebraska.
Just how good is this running back? He has broken virtually every rushing record that matters and he does it without as much recognition as he should be getting.
Although he was runner-up in the Heisman race last season, he still garners little to no attention around the nation. He has recorded his second straight 1,700-plus yard season and has 60 touchdowns in the last three seasons.
Head coach Bret Bielema knows how good Ball can be and doesn’t see Ball’s records being a surprise, but as long as they keep winning he’s happy:
“But Montee would be the first guy to tell you, too, he doesn’t want to take anything away from winning.”
Some may say winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. Since Ball has been contributing to the Badger offense on a regular basis, the Badgers have made three straight Rose Bowls.
Wisconsin has literally rode his back to success.
Possessing one of the nation’s worst passing offenses in the country, Wisconsin must rely on their run game to carry them to victory. Although the Badgers are just 8-5, they are representing the conference in the Rose Bowl– the conference’s most coveted bowl game.
Who is the reason for this success in the past three seasons? Montee Ball. The senior running back has become the best running back in college football and quite possibly the best running back in Wisconsin football history rushing for 5,040 yards, 76 rushing touchdowns and averaging 5.6 yards per carry for his career. No current player can rival those numbers.
If Montee Ball isn’t the best running back in college football, I want to know who is.