The Ohio State Buckeyes did more than position themselves to compete for a national championship next season after finishing 2012 at 12-0.
They found their identity and learned how to win games in tight situations.
OSU learned that it has a workhorse of a running back in Carlos Hyde after his outstanding second half of the season. Braxton MIller will be the focal point of the offense again as expected, but Hyde is no slouch, either.
The Buckeyes were one of the top running teams in the country, especially when defenses still loaded up the box, daring OSU’s inconsistent passing attack to beat them.
OSU’s 10th-ranked running attack gained almost 61 more yards per game than its 105th-ranked passing attack, which is unusual in this era of spread football. OSU ranked 47th in yards per game, and only six other teams that gained more yards than the Buckeyes, including Alabama and Nebraska, had more rushing yards per game than passing yards.
Urban Meyer’s offense is a run-first attack, which…
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