- Bryce Love Sr. Stanford - Love had one of the best seasons by a Pac-12 player ever in 2017 and is back for another round. He seems like he is going to run for a touchdown every play and should only be better behind a veteran Stanford offensive line with a progressing K.J. Costello at QB.
- Myles Gaskin Sr. Washington - Gaskin is small but tough, slippery and capable of breaking off big runs. He’s going to run for way more than 1,000 yards for the fourth-straight year and assault Pac-12 and Washington records.
- Zack Moss Jr. Utah - The 210-pound Moss is a load with speed who racked up more than 1,100 yards in 2017. He was best late in the season, running for seven TDs in the final five games.
- Stephen Carr So. USC - Carr only ran for 363 yards and three scores as as freshman, but I bet he at least gets four times that in 2018. He’s big, fast and a natural runner who should be the next great Trojan back.
- Patrick Laird Sr. Cal - The former walk on ran for more than 1,100 yards in 2017 and scored nine touchdowns. He’s also a great receiving threat.
- Tony Brooks-James Sr. Oregon - TBJ’s time to shine has finally come with Royce Freeman off to the NFL. Look for him to replicate his 2016 season where he averaged more than seven yards per-carry and scored 10 touchdowns.
- J.J. Taylor So. Arizona - The 5’6 Taylor is an excellent complement to Khalil Tate and his running ability. I expect him to eclipse 1,000 yards in 2018.
- Bolu Olorunfunmi Sr. UCLA - He’s big and talented, but hasn’t quite put it all together yet. He might find a break out with Chip Kelly as his coach though.
- Soso Jamabo Sr. UCLA - The other UCLA running back with rare talent, but average production. He has one more chance to turn into an All-Pac-12 back.
- Cameron Scarlett Jr. Stanford - At 6’1 215, a great short-yardage back who scored 8 touchdowns in 2017. He would be a feature back on almost every Pac-12 team other than Stanford.
- Salvon Ahmed So. Washington - Averaged 6.4 yards per-carry and barely just scratched the surface of what he can do as a true freshman in 2017. He’s probably the fastest back on this list.
- James Williams Jr. Washington State - Regressed a bit as a sophomore, but could regain 2016 form when he ran for 584 and six touchdowns.
2018 Pac-12 running back rankings: Bryce Love and Myles Gaskin are senior superstars
Ranking the Pac-12’s best running backs heading into 2018
By Jack Follman