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College Sports The Best 80s College Running Backs  

Ranker College Football
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List Rules Vote up who you think is the best college running back of the 80s

Do you remember what trends were big in the 80s? Do you remember what hairstyles left a huge imprint? Or what bands kept you rocking all night long? That's great if you do... but how about the best college running backs? Do you recall the most famous college running backs of all? If you do, or if you don't, this is the list for you. These are the top college running backs of the 80s, ranked by user votes. Some of the players on this list had great college careers in the 80s at the RB position only to fade away. But, there are of course others on this list that not only became great NFL RBs, but almost mythical creatures (Bo Jackson).

From the aforementioned Bo Jackson to George Rogers and beyond, their are tons of great 80s running backs on this list. 

In case your memory is fading check out this list of the top collegiate football RBs from the great 1980s. Don't forget to vote for the player you think was the greatest of all time. 
list ordered by
1
65 16
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Oklahoma State Cowboys football, Detroit Lions
2
53 10
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
ken-dog added Georgia Bulldogs football team, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Eagles
3
63 17
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Raiders
4
23 17
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
5
23 17
Thurman Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Buffalo Bills
6
23 18
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, South Carolina Gamecocks football
7
26 23
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Florida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys
8
14 17
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams
9
12 15
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
10
10 13
Neal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
11
8 11
Napoleon McCallum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
12
13 18
Jarvis Redwine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
13
8 12
Craig Heyward is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons
14
6 10
Joe Morris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
15
6 10
Anthony Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
16
6 10
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
17
6 10
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
18
16 23
Ickey Woods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
Cincinnati Bengals
19
8 13
Greg Allen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
20
4 8
Rueben Mayes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
21
5 10
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs
22
6 13
James Brooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 80s College Running Backs