New USC football starting running back Travis Dye led the Pac-12 in yards from scrimmage last season at Oregon (1,673). The running back who averaged six yards per carry (and has averaged six yards per carry through his whole career) is legit. How legit, has been up for debate, however.
Everyone should have him in the high-teens at worst, and some (including myself) have him higher. Someone very respected in college football media, though, has him all the way up at No. 7. That someone is high-profile college football insider and writer Mike Farrell.
This is an awesome ranking. While it's tough to say if he 100% deserves to be this high, he certainly deserves to be in the conversation for the top seven.
USC football starting RB Travis Dye was ranked by Mike Farrell as the best back in the Pac.
It was also an awesome ranking because he had him three spots over UCLA starting back Zach Charbonnet, and eight spots ahead of Utah RB Tavion Thomas, which again puts him at No. 1 in the Pac-12. Can anyone fault him? Not really, as Dye is the rushing yards leader over the last two years in the Pac-12 (1,706 yards).
Add in the type of dual-threat he is (46 catches for 402 receiving yards in '21), and Dye most certainly has what it takes to be the best back in the Pac-12 in 2022.
Should he be all the way up at No. 10? That remains to be seen, but his strong pedigree and dominance over other Pac-12 running backs proves that he's at LEAST in the discussion. He absolutely has what it takes to prove Farrell right about his high ranking.