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08:14 AM ET 09.12 | There's a new game in town, though fans in Columbus may not like its premise. It's time to play "Find a Running Back." What would you do if you were Ohio State coach Urban Meyer this week? Here are the facts: Your top tailback is hurt. Starting running back Carlos Hyde, averaging 4.5 yards per carry on 24 rushes this season, is almost certainly out for Saturday's game against Cal after spraining his right MCL in the first half of the win over Central Florida. Meyer said the good news is that Hyde didn't have any swelling, which is a positive sign for the future. The bad news is he's out for now. ... The only sure thing in the running game is quarterback Braxton Miller, who has 44 carries for 302 yards. That's too much. Meyer knows it.

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September 12, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Go Buckeyes 2013 NC

September 12, 2012  08:36 AM ET

I am hoping all this public hand-wringing by the coaches is a tactic to throw off Cal...yes, the Bucks are down 3 RB's (Hall, Hyde, Ball) but still, this is THE Ohio State University where you need to have "a pair and a spare!" Dunn and Smith (add in Boren and Brown) should be able to shoulder the load.

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September 12, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Give Dunn & Smith carries. Let 'em show what they've got.

September 12, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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I am hoping all this public hand-wringing by the coaches is a tactic to throw off Cal...yes, the Bucks are down 3 RB's (Hall, Hyde, Ball) but still, this is THE Ohio State University where you need to have "a pair and a spare!" Dunn and Smith (add in Boren and Brown) should be able to shoulder the load.

Iffin you have an "all pro" type offensive line, then marginal RBs can tote the mail.

September 12, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Iffin you have an "all pro" type offensive line, then marginal RBs can tote the mail.

They could put the punter in at RB in their conference and still win games!

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September 12, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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Braxton Miller.. the New DRob

Why would you compare the two?

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