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October, 4, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at three Ohio State players who will be critical in another top-25 showdown in the Big Ten, this one against Nebraska at Ohio Stadium on Saturday night (TV: ABC, 8 p.m.).

Carlos Hyde
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Kirk Irwin/Getty ImagesJunior running back Carlos Hyde has 158 yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns this season.

  • The basics: The Ohio State backfield continued its run of bad luck staying healthy with Jordan Hall going down with a partial ligament tear in his knee last week. But right on time, Hyde returned following a two-week absence of his own with a knee injury, and he provided a critical boost with tough rushing on the inside. He’ll have to expand his contributions even more with Hall officially out of the lineup against Nebraska.
  • By the numbers: Hyde hasn’t been able to break loose for many long runs like his 63-yard touchdown against the Huskers last year, but he’s consistently provided tough running between the tackles and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry in his three appearances this season.
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