This past Saturday, the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes proved that they belong near the top of the national polls when it knocked off the No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats on the road in front of a national audience.
The Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0) dropped in the polls after starting the season ranked No. 2 when they gave up big points to both Buffalo and California earlier this season. The Buckeyes also lost their starting quarterback, Braxton Miller, for nearly three full games, leaving speculation as to how their high-powered offense would fair without him.
But it was not necessarily Miller who vaulted the Buckeyes back into the national championship conversation after defeating Northwestern (4-1, 0-1). In an offensive exhibition this past Saturday, senior running back Carlos Hyde ran the ball 26 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns.
With the emergence of Hyde, who was suspended the first three games of the season for “conduct not representative of the football program or the university,” as described by head coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes are now much more balanced in their offensive attack that was previously dominated by the arm and legs of Miller.
Everything is now clicking for the Buckeye’s offense. As the trend seems to go this year across the national college football landscape, Ohio State should not worry about giving up points, as much as other teams should have to worry about scoring more than Ohio State.