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…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The arsenal once again included a battering ram and that was the tool needed for the job. Rather than wondering how else it might attack Wisconsin’s castle, Ohio State just kept hammering away with what was working instead of making sure every weapon got a little use.
+ Enlarge Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesCarlos Hyde gained 85 yards on 17 carries against Wisconsin.That doesn’t mean the Buckeyes won’t need a few different approaches to breach the various defenses it faces for the rest of the season, but at least against the Badgers in a physical win on Saturday night, the situation called for some heavy lumber. And for all the positive work Jordan Hall has done early in the season, Carlos Hyde was clearly the guy No. 4 Ohio State favored to handle the job. “Jordan Hall has got to be involved, but that was a decision we kind of made,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. “We thought and we knew it was going to be very hard to run in there the way they play their defensive line. They packed it in ? and they are very good against the rush.
“But those are our top two backs, and we are working on that now. I want to make sure we get Jordan Hall involved.”
Based on the depth chart entering the game, Hall seemed to still be in line for plenty of involvement as the designated starter coming off a productive stretch outside of conference play.
But when the Big Ten slate opened, it was almost exactly like last year all over again as Hyde dominated the carries among the tailbacks. Rather than Hall being forced to the sideline with an injury like last season, though, he was instead limited to just one rush by coach’s choice as Hyde pounded his way to 85 yards on 17 attempts in his second game back from suspension.
Quarterback Braxton Miller still wound up shouldering more of the load than both of them. The junior carried 22 times through a combination of calling his own number on the option, designed draws and a few scrambles on passing plays that certainly had an effect on the number of touches available to the rest of the Buckeyes. And while one game is a small sample size and the plan is always subject to change on a weekly basis, giving Hyde the start against a stout Wisconsin defense and continuing to feed him the football consistently sent a strong message that he’s quickly regained his leading role in a crowded backfield.
“It wasn’t planned,” offensive coordinator Tom Herman said…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The projected starter has handled his business and is finally returning after a three-game suspension. Carlos Hyde is a proven touchdown machine, and he will no doubt want to make up for lost time.
Here were the highlights of Meyer’s weekly press conference
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No. 4 Ohio State remains dedicated to running the ball, first and foremost. California? Not so much. Coach Urban Meyer has said repeatedly the Buckeyes want to play quickly to wear down defenses, but will never be in the same ballpark with the Bears, whose starting quarterback has thrown 125 passes in two outings heading into Saturday’s game. The Buckeyes aren’t exactly copying Woody Hayes’ between-the-tackles running game. Mixing dashes by quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton with productive carries by tailback Jordan Hall, they stand 27th in the nation in rushing at 262 yards a game. Meyer wants the Buckeyes to control the ball and move the chains, while also throwing in more big-gainers to keep the ball away from Cal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has returned to the sideline after having his left knee looked at in the locker room. Miller left the third-ranked Buckeyes’ game against San Diego State after being pinned between tacklers. He was taken to the locker room on a cart while grim-faced Buckeyes fans looked on. But shortly before the end of the first quarter, in the lull after Ohio State had scored to take a 21-0 lead, he jogged across the field to the Ohio State bench. Miller, a junior tabbed as one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, carried on fourth-and-1 at the Aztecs 12 on Ohio State’s seventh offensive play of the game. He cut inside right end and was hit by defensive back King Holder and middle linebacker Jake Fely, Miller’s helmet popping off as he fell. He lay on the field on his back for a moment, holding his head. He then was helped to his feet and walked under his own power to the sideline – with a slight limp – before getting on the motorized cart and heading for the locker room. With Kenny Guiton taking his place, the Buckeyes scored on the next play for a 7-0 lead. Guiton also threw a touchdown pass and handed off to Jordan Hall for another. Freshman Dontre Wilson had opened the scoring on a 7-yard run on the play after Miller left the game. Guiton, a senior, had taken over for an injured Miller late in last season’s game against Purdue. He led the Buckeyes to an improbable touchdown and then threw a 2-point conversion pass to force overtime. The Buckeyes won 29-22 on the way to a 12-0 season. — Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The first test wasn’t aced, but Jordan Hall certainly passed it with relative ease. The fifth-year senior shook off the rust from his injury-plagued season a year ago and again looked comfortable, confident and healthy with the football in his hands.
Ohio State 40, Buffalo 20 The Buckeyes doubled up the Bulls behind a big game from senior running back Jordan Hall. The full box score can be seen at NCAA.com. Game Analysis for The Ohio State Buckeyes Passing Offense Despite a spectacular start, Braxton Miller was unable to find his flow in the second half. The junior dealt with cramps throughout the afternoon, leading to a short stint on the sideline. Senior backup Kenny Guiton stepped up admirably in Miller’s absence, finding Chris Fields for a 21-yard touchdown. If anything, this game showed the highs and lows of Miller’s game, as his two touchdown passes were bright spots for a day that was otherwise slightly inconsistent. Running Offense Jordan Hall was spectacular for the Buckeyes, as his two touchdowns and 159 yards led the way for Ohio State’s rushing attack. Hall was able to get free for some long ones, as he averaged 7.6 yards per rush. Miller also made his presence known with his feet, as he took off a few times in the fourth quarter when things got nervy. Overall, today was a great performance from the Buckeyes backfield. Running Defense Ohio State’s defensive line came into this game as a major question mark for the national-title contenders. However, the group stepped up as a whole, holding Buffalo to just 78 yards rushing. Overall, this was a performance the unit can build upon. Pass Defense Ohio State’s defensive backs…
If there was one thing Jordan Hall established during Ohio State’s 20-point victory over Buffalo Saturday afternoon—aside from a career-high 159 rushing yards—it’s that the Buckeyes’ offense is much more dangerous with him on the field. Hall stole the show from Heisman Trophy favorite Braxton Miller, touted freshman Dontre Wilson and a host of other Ohio State playmakers with touchdown runs of 49 and 37 yards. He was the most consistent player for the Buckeyes, pacing an offense that piled up 40 points and 460 total yards. Hall’s explosiveness gives Ohio State’s offense something it lacked last year, and that’s a versatile playmaker to complement Miller. The 5’9″, 191-pound senior missed most of the 2012 season with various injuries, but after the NCAA granted him a medical redshirt, he returned and won the starting H-back spot (the Percy Harvin position) in the spring. Suspensions to Ohio State’s top two running backs, Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith, forced the coaching staff to put Hall in the backfield, and he responded by rushing for the most yards by an Ohio State running back since Dan Herron ran for 190 against Penn State in 2010. That speaks to the versatility a healthy Hall brings to the Buckeyes, and it’s something Meyer values tremendously, according to Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer: He gives us that little bit of a hybrid guy that can do both. So once we get a full stable back he’s certainly going to be involved. And to…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A look at the brightest stars in No. 2 Ohio State’s 40-20 win over Buffalo to open the season on Saturday. RB Jordan Hall: The Buckeyes were without their projected starter and the expected backup in the opener, but Hall made sure they weren’t missed with the finest rushing performance of his career. The senior officially put his injury-plagued, redshirt season from a year ago in the rearview, bursting through holes up the middle for a pair of long touchdown runs on the way to 159 yards on 21 carries.