By the way their schedule is shaping up to end, the Ohio State Buckeyes are in great position to finish the season a perfect 12-0 and get to the Big 10 Championship game for the first time in school history. If they want to advance beyond that, possibly the National Championship game, they should do it on the back of running back Carlos Hyde.
Take nothing away from Braxton Miller who has played well this season, but relying on Carlos Hyde will benefit the Buckeyes more. Hyde is a big back that has already put the team on his back once (see the Northwestern game) and is a proven workhorse, see the Illinois game.
In 2012, Hyde rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games. In 2013, he’s played in just seven games due to a suspension that kept him out of the team’s first three games, but has rushed for 949 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averages a whopping 7.9 yards per carry in 2013.
It’s no secret that the defense is suspect and prone to giving up plenty of points. Using Hyde to grind out yards, first downs and kill clock will help eliminate the threat that the opposing offenses poses. Simply put, they won’t have very many opportunities to score if the Buckeyes keep them on the sideline with a steady dose of Hyde.
Ohio State averages 315.1 yards rushing per game, fourth in the FBS. On the flip side, they average 221.8 yards passing, 72nd in the FBS. Running the football is what they’re best at and they should keep rolling with it. The offensive line run-blocks well and Hyde does a good job finding the hole in the defense.
The Buckeyes have just two games remaining on their schedule before their expected date with Michigan State in the Big 10 Championship game. If they want to make it to Indianapolis and beyond, relying on the workhorse of Carlos Hyde might be their best bet.