The SEC usually has its way against non-conference opponents in the regular season. Last season, the conference was 54-13 against non-conference opponents, the best record of any FBS conference.

But one thing the SEC has faced when the take opponents out of conference: productive running backs.

This season, a number of non-conference opponents will be bringing a quality running back against their SEC opponents.

Here are five non-conference running backs that have a chance to come away with a 100-yard game against and SEC team.

Jalin Moore – Appalachian State

Will face: Georgia (Sept. 2)

SEC fans could not have been too impressed with Jalin Moore at the start of the 2016 season. Moore managed just 17 yards on the ground on seven carries against Tennessee in Week One.

In fact, after three games, Moore was averaging just 49 yards a game on the ground, 3.4 yards a carry and zero rushing touchdowns.

Then came the yards.

It started with 257 yards in Week 4 at Akron, and didn’t stop the rest of the regular season. Over his final 10 games, Moore averaged 125.4 YPG on the ground, 6.5 yards per carry and 10 TD runs. He finished at the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Will he rush for 100 yards vs Georgia?


Moore’s excellence aside, he and the Mountaineers will be facing a Georgia defense that was pretty good a season ago (16th in FBS in total defense) and returns 10 of 11 starters from that unit.

Dedrick Mills – Georgia Tech

Will face: Tennessee (Sept. 4), Georgia (Nov. 25)

As a freshman last season, Dedrick Mills had a productive season, with 771 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in just nine games.

But, his big moments were big. He rushed for 132 yards in a loss to North Carolina, had 99 yards against Miami and 75 yards against eventual national champion Clemson. He also scored a combined four TD against those teams.

And, the SEC should remember Mills as well. In three games against SEC opponents last season, Mills averaged 83.6 rush YPG and 4.8 yards per carry, with 5 TD. That included 169 yards on the ground on 31 carries in a win over Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Will he rush for 100 yards vs Tennessee?


Will he rush for 100 yards vs Georgia?


While Tennessee catches the Yellow Jackets at the right time, the season opener, the Volunteers ranked 11th out of 14 SEC teams in rushing defense last season. Moveover, they allowed 11 different players to rush for 100 yards in a game last season.

As for Georgia, while the Bulldogs are projected to have one of the best defenses in the nation, this is a rivalry game and it will be in Atlanta this season. And seven times in the last 11 years a Georgia Tech player has managed a 100 yards on the ground against the Bulldogs.

Larry Rose III – New Mexico State

Will face: Arkansas (Sept. 30)

Rose managed just nine games last season due to offseason sports hernia surgery. And yet, he still managed almost 900 yards on the ground (865) and over his last four games averaged 123.8 yards a game rushing.

He also put up 89 yards on 6.4 yards a carry in a loss to Texas A&M in late October last season. Additionally, Arkansas fans should not forget that in 2015, Rose was a third-team All-American after rushing for 1,651 yards and 14 TD.

Will he rush for 100 yards vs Arkansas?


Rose is one of the underrated running backs in the nation, and if he produces this season like he did in 2015, there is a good chance he could have a 100-yard game against the Razorbacks.

However, in three games lifetime vs. the SEC, Rose is averaging just 59.7 YPG on the ground. While much of it could be attributed to the Aggies losing big (outscored by SEC, 165-26, combined), the fact remains that for Rose to get to the 100-yard mark his team will likely have to keep the game close.

Marquis Young – Massachusetts

Will face: Tennessee (Sept. 23), Mississippi State (Nov. 4)

Marquis Young put up decent numbers in 2016: 898 yards, 4.5 yards per carry.

He also had three 100-yard games on the ground. Why is that important? Two of the three 100-yard games came against the SEC.

Young also had four rushing touchdowns in 2016. Why is that important? Two of the four TD came against the SEC.

In late September Young had 125 yards on just 18 carries in a close loss to Mississippi State. In late October Young added 123 yards on the ground in a close loss to South Carolina. Young also rushed for 59 yards in a Week 1 loss to Florida.

Will he rush for 100 yards vs Tennessee?


Will he rush for 100 yards vs Mississippi State?


As mentioned earlier, Tennessee had one of the worst rush defenses in the SEC last season. But, more important than that, the matchup with UMass this season is sandwiched around a pair of huge SEC games for Tennessee: at Florida on Sept. 16, then home vs Georgia on Sept. 30.

The Minutemen, and specifically Marquis Young, will not be a focal point that that time of the season for Tennessee. So the opportunity for Young to once again put up a 100-yard game will certainly be there.

As for Mississippi State, the Bulldogs will likely be trying to prevent another 100-yard game by Young. But a look at the schedule shows that the game that follows UMass on the Bulldogs’ schedule: Nov. 11 at home against Alabama.

Not much incentive to put the clamps on Young when you have Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarborough coming to town the following week.

Josh Adams – Notre Dame

Will face: Georgia (Sept. 9)

On a Notre Dame team that struggled to a 4-8 season in 2016, quarterback DeShone Kizer got most of the publicity. But by the end of the season, Notre Dame fans sure knew who Josh Adams was.

A sophomore last season, Adams rushed for 933 yards on 5.9 yards per carry. But it was the final two games of the season that has fans looking forward to 2017.

Against a pair of ranked opponents – No. 18 Virginia Tech and No. 9 USC – Adams came up with a combined 280 yards on the ground on over nine yards a carry (9.3). In the season finale against the Trojans, Adams rushed for a career-high 180 yards on just 17 carries.

Will he rush for 100 yards vs Georgia?


Now don’t go crazy Bulldog fans. Georgia will likely be favored to win this game (although the game is in South Bend, no day at the beach under any circumstances). And as mentioned earlier, the Bulldogs return 10 of 11 starters on a defense that was one of the nation’s best last season.

But, the game is at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish do have a new offensive coordinator, and they return four starters on the offensive line. With a new quarterback to start the season, Notre Dame will likely be handing the ball off to Adams to try and take pressure off the quarterback.

Doesn’t mean Notre Dame is winning. But it could mean Adams will get his yards.