Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Washington’s Bishop Sankey and Baylor’s Lache Seastrunk—among a few select others—are routinely mentioned as the best running backs in college football.
Over the last four games, Carlos Hyde is making his case to join the conversation.
A three-game suspension kept Hyde from playing in a majority of Ohio State’s nonconference games. He returned against Florida A&M and played sparingly, registering 42 total yards and a touchdown on just six touches.
A week later, against Wisconsin, Hyde took over as Ohio State’s primary running back. Since then, he has averaged 137 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry. He has added seven rushing touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ last three games as well.
The 6’0″, 235-pound running back isn’t just putting up big numbers against bad defenses. In fact, Hyde is bulldozing teams who excel at stopping the run. Three of Ohio State’s last four opponents (Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State) boast Top 25 rushing defenses.
Hyde saved Ohio State’s undefeated season against Northwestern. The Wildcats had the Buckeyes on the ropes, facing a 10-point, second-half deficit on the road.
Urban Meyer adjusted the game plan away from Braxton Miller, who was suffering through his worst game of the year, and put the ball, and the game, in Hyde’s steady hands.
Hyde ran the ball 16 times in the second half for 112 yards, but more importantly, he scored each of the Buckeyes’…
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