College Football

Run It Back

October 15, 2020

On this week's edition of Breaking the Huddle, FOX Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt gave an outline of what a top program looks like, answered a few fan questions, and offered a breakdown of two of his favorite collegiate running backs.

Klatt began by explaining how fans should determine a program's value, stating that in his opinion, the dominance of a few elite programs at the top of the sport has actually hurt college football as a whole.

(All odds provided according to FOX Bet)

Klatt used two schools as examples: Notre Dame (+2800 to win the national championship), as well as Miami (+10000).

The Hurricanes have won 10 or more games only once in a single season since joining the ACC in 2004, but sitting at 3-1 with coach Manny Diaz leading the way, the future looks bright for the Hurricanes.

Klatt argued that the Canes' season should not be overlooked, and laid a foundation for fans to avoid unfair comparisons.

"No. 1, know your program ... No. 2, set realistic expectations, year in and year out ... No. 3, don't overreact as a fan – it's not always black and white."

The same goes for the Fighting Irish. If Notre Dame finishes the season with double-digit wins, it will mark the fourth-straight season the program has won 10 or more games, which has never happened in the school's history.

Next up, Klatt answered fan questions, including one regarding the high-powered SEC offenses that are on display every Saturday.

"I don't think it's been a drop off in defense as much as it's been an increase in the efficiency of offense."

Then, Klatt shifted from his usual focus on the quarterback, to two other playmakers taking the college football scene by storm. 

Klatt took a look at two running backs – Clemson's Travis Etienne (+2500 to win the Heisman Trophy) and Alabama's Najee Harris (+1600) – laying out how their respective schools utilize their talents.

"While they are very different and are used differently, there is also some similarity between the way Clemson and Alabama use Etienne and Harris."

How Najee Harris and Travis Etienne shine in Alabama and Clemson’s offenses -- Joel Klatt

FOX's Joel Klatt takes a look at two of the best running backs in all of college football: the Alabama Crimson Tide's Najee Harris and the Clemson Tigers' Travis Etienne. Hear Joel's analysis of how both Alabama and Clemson utilize their star backs by playing to their strengths.

If you missed this week's episode of Breaking the Huddle, check it out in its entirety below!

Najee Harris, Travis Etienne Analysis & Latest Top 10 Teams | Breaking the Huddle with Joel Klatt

Welcome to the Top 10, North Carolina and Texas A&M! Join Joel Klatt as he breaks down his Top 10 college football teams, analyzes how Clemson and Alabama play to the strengths of their star RBs, Travis Etienne and Najee Harris, and answers your questions about the season so far!

And make sure to share your thoughts on social media by following @joelklatt on Twitter. You even have the chance to be featured!

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