In the early part of the 2013 season, Ohio State had to endure a change at quarterback. But all the while the Buckeyes kept on winning.
After preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller went down in Week 2, senior Kenny Guiton filled in and the OSU offense didn’t miss a beat. When Miller returned in Week 5 for the Buckeyes’ first challenge of the season, they kept on rolling and took down Wisconsin, 31-24.
While Guiton’s successful play in place of Miller sparked a bit of a quarterback controversy in Columbus, it shouldn’t have—not just because Miller is the clear leader of the team, but because whom Ohio State has lining up under center doesn’t really matter all that much.
OSU can clearly win with Guiton or Miller at the helm.
With two proven players at the point, the key to Ohio State’s Big Ten and BCS title run will rest on its running game and defense.
The Buckeyes can run the ball about as well as any team in the country and have averaged 287.2 rushing yards per game, which ranks them 12th nationally.
And they have done all of this without their preseason starter at running back, Carlos Hyde.
After serving a suspension to start the year, Hyde returned for OSU’s last two games and recorded 22 carries. In his short time back on the field, Hyde quickly became one of six OSU rushers to net more than 100 yards on the ground this season.
In Hyde’s stead, senior Jordan Hall has led the way with 427 yards and is tied for second in the nation…