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Ohio State Football: 3 Players with the Most to Prove at Pro Day

With the combine complete and the draft looming, NFL hopefuls are running out of opportunities to show what they can offer at the next level. For former Buckeyes looking to pursue a professional career, one of those opportunities takes place on March 7 when Ohio State hosts its pro day. Some, such as Ryan Shazier and Jack Mewhort, solidified their standing as elite prospects at the combine. Others still have work to do—especially those who didn’t receive an invite to Indianapolis. Whether they need to redeem a poor combine performance, build off a solid one or make up for not being invited, these three former Buckeyes have the most to prove. Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde had high hopes for his week in Indianapolis. The 5’11″, 230-pound wrecking ball of a running back wanted to showcase his speed to earn first-round status. “I feel like if I run a low 4.4, I can definitely get into the first round,” Hyde said, according to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch. That didn’t happen, though. Hyde suffered a minor hamstring injury on his first attempt, which produced a disappointing 4.66 time. That foreshadowed a surprisingly poor performance in Indianapolis. Of course, Hyde is still expected to be one of the first running backs taken, but he could use a strong outing here to regain some positive momentum. Bradley Roby Unlike Hyde, Bradley Roby had a stellar week at the combine. The 5’11″, 194-pound cornerback could have…

Ohio State Football: 3 Players with the Most to Prove at Pro Day

With the combine complete and the draft looming, NFL hopefuls are running out of opportunities to show what they can offer at the next level. For former Buckeyes looking to pursue a professional career, one of those opportunities takes place on March 7 when Ohio State hosts its pro day. Some, such as Ryan Shazier and Jack Mewhort, solidified their standing as elite prospects at the combine. Others still have work to do—especially those who didn’t receive an invite to Indianapolis. Whether they need to redeem a poor combine performance, build off a solid one or make up for not being invited, these three former Buckeyes have the most to prove. Carlos Hyde Carlos Hyde had high hopes for his week in Indianapolis. The 5’11″, 230-pound wrecking ball of a running back wanted to showcase his speed to earn first-round status. “I feel like if I run a low 4.4, I can definitely get into the first round,” Hyde said, according to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch. That didn’t happen, though. Hyde suffered a minor hamstring injury on his first attempt, which produced a disappointing 4.66 time. That foreshadowed a surprisingly poor performance in Indianapolis. Of course, Hyde is still expected to be one of the first running backs taken, but he could use a strong outing here to regain some positive momentum. Bradley Roby Unlike Hyde, Bradley Roby had a stellar week at the combine. The 5’11″, 194-pound cornerback could have…

B1G Championship 2013: Is Braxton Miller or Carlos Hyde Bigger Threat to MSU?

No doubt the biggest storyline of this year’s Big Ten Championship Game has been the matchup between Ohio State’s high-powered offense and Michigan State’s stingy defense. Who wins out in the biggest battle of the game will depend on stopping the biggest weapons Ohio State can throw at you. That means trying to stop Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. If you are MSU, though, you can only pick one to contain. The question is, which one do you pick? According to ESPN college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack the answer is very simple—you stop Carlos Hyde. “This offense is where it’s at because of Carlos Hyde, it’s not where it’s at because of Braxton Miller,” said Pollack. “Carlos Hyde is a man-child. When you turn on the tape of Carlos Hyde there’s a lot of takers in the first quarter, in the second quarter there are less takers and in the third quarter it becomes a business decision. I don’t know if there is a more improved running back from last year to this year.” Hyde has rushed for over 200 yards in two of the last three games and despite missing three full games due to suspension, he ranks 16th nationally in rushing yards with 1,290 yards. Miller is no slouch either, though, averaging 6.8 yards a carry. But, if you are Michigan State, putting him in a position to have to win the game is a better proposition than stopping him and letting Hyde go off in the run game. The passing game is…

Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Gearing Up for Tough Michigan State Defense

With a victory in the Big Ten title game this Saturday, No. 2 Ohio State will likely punch its ticket to Pasadena, Calif. for a trip to the BCS National Championship Game. Standing in the way of that reality is No. 10 Michigan State and its relentless defense. The Spartans rank first nationally in total defense, giving up just 238 yards while holding their opponents to fewer than 12 points per game. That domination has lifted Michigan State to the top of the Legends Division and arranged a date with the unbeaten Buckeyes this Saturday in Indianapolis. Ohio State will challenge the Spartans with one of the most dynamic offenses in the country. The Buckeyes are averaging more than 538 yards of total offense and 48 points per game, both of which rank inside the top six nationally. Michigan State hasn’t given up more than 28 points in a single game while Ohio State hasn’t failed to eclipse 30 points all season. Needless to say, it will be strength vs. strength when these two battle for the Big Ten title. In last year’s meeting, Michigan State dictated the pace, forcing the uptempo Buckeyes into a defensive slugfest. Ohio State came out with a 17-16 victory, though, despite the Spartans forcing Ohio State out of its comfort zone. According to Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer, Urban Meyer thinks his Buckeyes have grown into a much more explosive offense this season: I’m not taking anything away from Michigan State because they are excellent. But we’re a much…

Ohio State offense is perfectly imbalanced

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Drop the Ohio State offense on the scales, and it looks comically imbalanced. The plan was to find an even mix, blending in the pass as often as the rush after favoring the latter so heavily a year ago. On top of that, the Buckeyes could take as many deep shots as short throws, perimeter rushes complementing attempts between the tackles.

+ EnlargeJason Mowry/Icon SMIAfter sitting out the first three games of the season, Ohio State tailback Carlos Hyde has rushed for 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns.But sometimes goals have to be scrapped. And when Tom Herman looks down at at the field and sees the No. 2 Buckeyes battering away against a helpless defense on the ground, the offensive coordinator has no problem seeking a different kind of 50-50 proposition balancing the load between his two most dangerous weapons. “When you see the productivity of the run game and where that’s taking you, then you continue to call it more until something tells you not to,” Herman said. “Throughout the game, nothing was telling us not to.

“Have you seen Nos. 34 and 5 run it?”

That combination of Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller, respectively, has been hard to miss during another perfect regular season for the Buckeyes, and the way they’ve been carving up teams on the ground only makes it harder for Herman to turn his back on them and dial up a pass play or two.

Miller has looked vastly improved with his arm during his third year as a starting quarterback, but his acceleration and body control as a rusher remain his most dangerous weapon. And with Hyde playing at easily the highest level of his career at tailback, the combination has served at times to make a passing game almost completely unnecessary.

The Buckeyes completed just six passes in the win over Michigan last week, but the backfield tandem rushed for 379 yards and 4 touchdowns. Ohio State had just 11 completions previously in a win over Indiana and 13 before that against Illinois, but Miller and Hyde combined for 691 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns over that two-game span.

But while the passing game appears to be trending down with the potent rushing attack on the rise, that perceived imbalance doesn’t exactly mean the Ohio State hasn’t accomplished what it set out to do before the season offensively.

“Balance is not having the same amount of rushing yards or the same amount of passing yards, or the same amount of rushing plays versus the same amount of passing plays,” Herman said. “Balance is being able to win the game either way dependent on how the defense plays, what the defense is trying to take away. I think we are a balanced offense right now.

“I think the disparity is a product of how well we’re rushing…

With Full Seasons Who’d Be Better OSU Heisman Candidate, Hyde or Miller?

The 2013 college football season has seen just about everything and it’s left Heisman voters waiting until the final seconds tick off the clock of championship games to figure out who will get their votes. Two players in Columbus, quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde, have made compelling cases for consideration for the stiff-armed trophy, but both are also hampered by missing games this season. It’s left us pondering, what if Miller had stayed healthy? What if Hyde had never allegedly slapped a woman and got himself suspended for three games? Could either of them be a true Heisman Trophy candidate with a full season on their belts? Over the past month, both have put on great cases for consideration no matter the situations both faced earlier in the year. Hyde has put up 700 yards and seven touchdowns in the last four games, rushing for over 200 yards twice in that four-game span. Miller, on the other hand, has put up 676 yards passing, while completing 58 percent of his passes and 10 touchdowns over that same four-game span. He also added 488 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. So, how would these two stack up with a full 12 games worth of stats to look at? Let’s explore the two options. We can look at how each have fared and apply their averages to the missing games. We can also look at how the replacements (Kenny Guiton and Jordan Hall, respectively) did in those games and add it to…

Ohio State Football: Turnovers and First-Down Success Keys to Beating Spartans

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was hired for many reasons, but his ability to win championships was the most important. His gift will be put to the test on Saturday night when the No. 2 Buckeyes take on No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis. The stakes could not be any more significant. On the line for the Buckeyes are a trip to the BCS Championship game, a chance to extend their winning streak to 25 and an opportunity to end the SEC’s seven-year run on titles. For the Spartans, they have a chance to earn a trip to their first Rose Bowl since 1988, dethrone the Buckeyes from the top of the Big Ten and prove to everyone outside of East Lansing that they belong among the elite teams in the country. As fate would have it, Meyer is also trying to undo the carnage that he created in the first place. Ohio State’s image—and, subsequently, the Big Ten’s—started to crumble after Meyer’s Florida team thrashed the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship. Coincidentally, he is trying to beat Mark Dantonio, a coach who is held in the highest regard at Ohio State for helping restore the glory in 2002 when his defense carried the Buckeyes to the championship. This game matches strength versus strength; Meyer’s uptempo, high-octane offense versus Dantonio’s blue-collar, stone-wall defense. The Buckeyes will look to play fast and push the ball down the field quickly. The Spartans will try to force a…

Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde Is on a Mission, and Nobody Can Stop Him

The Ohio State Buckeyes will go as far as running back Carlos Hyde takes them. That became clear from the senior’s impressive showing during Ohio State’s nail-biting victory over rival Michigan, 42-41, on Saturday. Hyde ran with a full head of steam from the opening kickoff, racking up 226 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. That includes finding the end zone for the eventual game-winning score from a yard out with 2:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his second rushing performance of 225 yards or more in the season, making Hyde the first player in school history to accomplish the feat. The only other Buckeye with two career games of 225 yards or more is Archie Griffin. It’s been that kind of year for Hyde. In nine games, he’s rushed for 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns on 165 carries. Furthermore, Hyde has topped the century mark in seven consecutive contests, totaling all 14 of his touchdowns during that span. CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman wonders just how special this season could have been for Hyde: As dynamic as Braxton Miller is, wondering if Carlos Hyde played the #Buckeyes 1st 3 games if he’d be heading to NYC for Heisman. — Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) November 30, 2013 Hyde missed Ohio State’s first three games due to suspension stemming from an incident that took place at a downtown bar back in July. Going off his averages of 143.3 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game, Hyde would likely be sitting at…

Ohio State Football: Is Carlos Hyde Among the Best to Play for the Buckeyes?

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is nicknamed “El Guapo,” but he should be called “El Tanque” for the amount of defenders he plows through every Saturday. With his 114 yards against Indiana last week, Hyde became the first Buckeye back to top 1,000 yards in a season since Chris Wells in 2008. Granted, Hyde finished with 970 yards last year and most likely would have reached the 1,000 yard plateau if the Buckeyes were bowl eligible. Quarterback Braxton Miller also carried a lot of the load early in 2012 which took away some opportunities for Hyde. Rightfully, the tilt this year has shifted back to Hyde, and he is taking full advantage. Running backs are hallowed souls in the Buckeye program. Pounding the ball down the field is etched in its DNA. The Mt. Rushmore includes Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, Howard Cassady, Archie Griffin and Eddie George who all won the Heisman Trophy wearing the beloved Scarlet and Gray. On their heels were Jim Otis, Tim Spencer, Keith Byars and Chris Wells. Does Hyde belong in this group? Hyde’s statistics already compare favorably. Over his 35 games played, Hyde is averaging 79.31 yards per game, 6.05 yards per carry, and one touchdown per game. This season he’s averaging 133 yards per game, 7.71 yards per attempt and 1.6 touchdowns per game. For the sake of argument, if you add these averages to his remaining games, Hyde will finish his career with 3,101 yards, 40 touchdowns and 6.05 yards per carry….

Indiana vs. Ohio State: 10 Things We Learned in Buckeyes’ Win

On a snowy Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, the third-ranked Buckeyes notched a school record 23rd consecutive victory against Indiana, beating the Hoosiers 42-14 in Ohio Stadium. Ohio State, now 11-0, bounced back from a shaky defensive performance against Illinois last week to limit Indiana’s high-powered offense to just 14 points. Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde set the tone offensively, especially on the ground, as the Buckeyes imposed their will on the overmatched Hoosiers defense. Here’s what we learned from Ohio State’s 28-point victory. Begin Slideshow

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