Sidelined the past two weeks due to injury, Carlos Hyde should be available when No. 14 Ohio State takes the field for what will be both the Big Ten opener and by far its stiffest test of the 2012 season.
Hyde led Buckeye backs in rushing in the season opener but suffered a knee injury the following week in the win over UCF. Jordan Hall, who returned from his own (offseason) injury after missing the first two games, started the past two games as Hyde recovered from a strained MCL.
This Saturday, though, head coach Urban Meyer said it’s “very probable” Hyde will play against No. 20 Michigan State.
It’s unclear just which of the two will start, although it likely won’t matter as both should get ample opportunities in the conference opener for both schools.
In Hyde’s absence, Hall has rushed for 192 yards. Quarterback Braxton Miller is far and away the team’s leading rusher with 442 yards, and has seven of the team’s 13 rushing touchdowns.