Razorbacks Sanders Among Most Hyped Backs in College Football

Razorbacks Sanders Among Most Hyped Backs in College Football
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The Arkansas Razorbacks have a shot at doing something the program has never done this fall under the leadership of fourth-year coach Sam Pittman.

That bit of program history would be if the Razorbacks are able to win a bowl game for a third consecutive season, coming on the heels of victories in the Outback and Liberty bowls.

The Razorbacks have only won two bowl games in a row once before, doing so under then-head coach Bret Bielema in 2014 and 2015. But there is always optimism surrounding the team when it comes to Arkansas sports betting.

If Arkansas is going to achieve that program-wide feat this fall, it’ll likely take another herculean season from junior running back Raheim Sanders.

Sanders had 1,443 yards and 10 scores on the ground last year, averaging a whopping 6.5 yards per carry.

With the college football season beginning at the end of August, BetArkansas.com utilized Google Trends to find the college football running backs with the most search interest for the 2023 season. The results were taken from April 25 through July 25.

Auburn RB Jarquez Hunter was removed due to his potential suspension pushing his search interest up.

Search Interest For College Running Backs

RankPlayerHeisman OddsSearch Interest Compared To Other Topics
1Michigan RB Blake Corum+4000 (1st RB)23
2Penn State RB Nicholas Singleton+6600 (T-2 RB)18
T-3Michigan RB Donovan Edwards+10000 (T-4 RB)16
T-3Southern Miss RB Frank Gore Jr.N/A16
T-5Wisconsin RB Braelon Allen+8000 (3rd RB)15
T-5Clemson RB Will Shipley+6600 (T-2 RB)15
7Ole Miss RB Quinshon Judkins+6600 (T-2 RB)14
T-8Arkansas RB Raheim Sanders+15000 (T-6 RB)13
T-8Notre Dame RB Audric Estime+15000 (T-6 RB)13
T-8Baylor RB Richard ReeseN/A13
Heisman odds were taken from BetMGM Sportsbook (there is no BetMGM Sportsbook Arkansas).

Sanders Among CFB’s Most Hyped Running Backs

Among the myriad of backfield stalwarts that’ll suit up for their respective teams this fall, Sanders has generated some of the highest search interest.

Overall, the junior running back notched a search interest score of 13, tying with Notre Dame’s Audric Estime and Richard Reese of Baylor for eighth nationally.  

Blake Corum of Michigan had the top score (23), followed by Penn State’s Nicholas Singleton (18 score) and Donovan Edwards of Michigan and Southern Miss’ Frank Gore Jr. (16 each).

There is no Caesars Sportsbook Arkansas, but nationally the operator has Arkansas at +10000 to win the SEC, tied with South Carolina for 10th.

Georgia is the SEC favorite at -115, as well as the national championship favorite at +230. Alabama is second in title odds at +600.

Sanders was among the eight backs to receive preseason Heisman Trophy odds, with the junior from Florida sitting in a tie for sixth among the group at +15000.



Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetArkansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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