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Oct 25, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah (8) runs away from Rutgers Scarlet Knights defenders Kyle Federico (1) and Vance Matthews (87) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

10. Ameer Abdullah, Running Back, Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1, 4-1 in Big Ten)

Last Game: 6 Carries for 1 Yard (Defeated Purdue 35-14 Two Weeks Ago)

For 2014 Season: 186 Carries for 1,250 Yards and 17 Touchdowns; 13 Receptions for 169 Yards and 2 Touchdowns

We are still not entirely sure if Ameer Abdullah will stay healthy long enough to be in this race. But despite getting hurt against Purdue and still not a definite go for this week, Abdullah would have to avoid playing for a couple more weeks before we knocked him off the list. His numbers are simply too great.

The senior running back has Nebraska in great position to compete for the Big Ten championship and even the national championship, and four 200-yard rushing games along with a 96-yard receiving game has made him a Big Ten superstar. He has allowed Bo Pelini to implement a form of the option in his offense and return Nebraska to the power football style it used to play.

Yes, we do have him at No. 10 right now because of the uncertainty about his health, but if he continues to play, expect him to move up the race quickly, especially if Nebraska keeps winning.

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