Who is he better than? Not the top 4.
I would say he is on the same level as Cobb or Langford.
What are you basing this off of? Just the eye test? If so I digress, because no one will ever win.
Stats? Cobb and Abdullah play in the Big Ten West, which is possibly the worst division in college football.
AP had to go up against 8 teams that ranked in the top 30 of the FEI defensive Rankings.
Abdullah 3 in the top 30
Cobb 4 in the top 30
Elliot 4 in the top 30
Langford 3 in the top 30
Coleman 4 in the top 30
I would say when 9 of your 13 games are against top 30 defenses and you still pump out 1600 yards, while guys with half that tough of a schedule are putting up the same numbers, its pretty open for debate on who the best is. Gordon is obviously the best RB of the group, but there is no way you can say without a doubt that the other 5 are better than AP while they continually play against inferior defenses.
Edit: Ok Fixed. Point still stands.
Just out of curiosity, who are the 9 teams in the Top 30?
Everyone except San Jose State, Louisiana Tech, Samford, and ???
My guess is Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Texas A&M would be in the Top 30. Interesting to see how all five struggled defensively in Bowl Games when they weren't playing against other SEC teams and averaged giving up 40 points per game!!! [ ]
I'm sure Wisconsin is on that same Top 30 list, and I can't sit here and truthfully believe that they were a Top 30 defense. When their regular season schedule didn't see teams like Michigan State and Ohio State on it, allowed them to put up some great numbers. We all saw what happened to that same defense when it finally faced a good offense in Indianapolis.
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