SEC teams find success through tough running games

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The SEC attracts running quarterbacks like Cam Newton and tailbacks like Mark Ingram because of the emphasis the league puts on the ground game.

And the Southeastern Conference is living up its reputation again this year.

The SEC has 13 players ranked among the top 100 runners in the FBS - more than any other conference - and the league's teams are averaging 173.3 yards rushing per game, just behind the Big Ten and Pac-10.

The league's has run its way to the last three championships.

And the top SEC teams this season also boast the league's best tailbacks and running quarterbacks, including Auburn's Newton, Alabama's Ingram, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and LSU tailback Steven Ridley.

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