Where does the Utah Utes backfield stack up in the Pac-12? We rank the backfields in the new conference from last to first.

12 Rickey Galvin, Washington State

The red-shirt 5-foot-8, 175-pound freshman (he broke his arm in 2010) looks to be the starter for the Cougars

11 To be determined, Utah
Deseret News

John White IV and Tauni Vakapuna lead — for now — while Thretton Palamo and Harvey Langi are right behind.

10 Jordan Jenkins, Oregon State

Jenkins is the best option to replace NFL-bound Jacquizz Rodgers — if he can recover from shoulder surgery quick enough.

9 Marc Tyler, Southern California
Associated Press

Last season's starter has been suspended for at least one game, so others like sophomore Dillion Baxter or junior Curtis McNeal could get the start vs. Utah on Sept. 10.

8 Isi Sofele, California
Deseret News

The Cottonwood High product has the most experience to replace Shane Vereen. He's at the top of the depth chart, ahead of fellow junior Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson.

7 Keola Antolin, Arizona

The senior is back with the Wildcats after lead them in rushing yards the past two seasons with 668 and 637.

6 Cameron Marshall, Arizona State
Associated Press

Named to the All Pac-10 team last year and is expected to improve on his 1,000 yards of total offense and nine rushing TDs.

5 Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Associated Press

The junior showed lots of promise in his sophomore season, averaging more than 5 yards a carry and scoring 15 touchdowns.

4 Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
Associated Press

The fifth-best rusher in the Pac-12, in terms of total yards, Franklin headlines the Bruins' new offensive attack.

3 Rodney Stewart, Colorado
Associated Press

He rushed for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, and should only benefit from having the Buffaloes' career rushing leader Eric Bieniemy as offensive coordinator.

2 Chris Polk, Washington
Associated Press

Was the Pac-10's second leading rusher that season with 1,415 yards (108.8 per game). The junior also scored nine touchdowns in 2010.

1 LaMichael James, Oregon
Associated Press

The junior won the Doak Walker Award last season and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.