A Newfound Running Game Proves Ohio State Belongs In The Top Five

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.


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4 thoughts on “A Newfound Running Game Proves Ohio State Belongs In The Top Five

  1. raleighh

    2. Perhaps you could mention that this will be OSU’s biggest test outside of Michigan. They are really in the hunt for the national title, which is sad because they don’t play anyone.

  2. raleighh

    1. Nice article, well-written. Nice to include the comments about Hyde’s emergence following his suspension. OSU probably isn’t going to be challenged again this year, or in many years to come as long as it has Urban Meyer.

  3. jleber10

    I really like the last graf. Good writing.
    1. The Carlos Hyde link doesn’t link to the right video. Definitely want to make sure of that in the future.
    2. I think the first sentence of graf 2 is worded strangely. Maybe “after” instead of “when?” I would rewrite that sentence.
    3. I think the lede is buried a little bit. I would mention the “newfound running game” earlier in the post. I understand because I struggle with this as well.

  4. crstroh

    Overall good post. Ohio State’s offense is a really commanding force in college football right now and definitely deserves recognition. Just a few comments:
    1. I think there’s subject-pronoun disagreement in your lede (“it” should be “they”). For some reason I’m having a hard time pinning down whether or not that’s right.
    2. Not real sure about the “Carlos Hyde ran the ball..” link to Aaron Murray. I’m all for shameless promo, but I’m assuming that was unintentional.
    3. It’d be nice to have a Braxton Miller link. Not necessary, but it’d add something.


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