Oct 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs the ball in the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Penn State Nittany Lions 63-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State vs. Michigan State: Who has the edge in the run game?

As the college football season approaches, we’re starting to take a closer look at some of the big time match ups for the Ohio State Buckeyes that will be coming up. Without question, the biggest one will be against the Michigan State Spartans, the team that defeated the Buckeyes in the Big Ten championship game.

Whenever these two get on the field with one another, it’s a guaranteed slug fest, which also means that the run games get going in full force.

So who has the edge in that department? Well thankfully the guys at cleveland.com recently took a look at that, and here’s what they came up with.

Strengths: Miller is a dynamic run threat with experience in the offense who keeps defenses on their heels. His running ability and broken-play creativity makes every offensive line and running back better.

Weaknesses: The veteran line and Hyde were so cohesive and reliable last season, there’s no way this season can be as good.

Keep an eye on: How much the Buckeyes use the H-back in the run game. A year ago, Dontre Wilson had 31 carries for an 8.1 yard average, but the offense may be ready to incorporate him more often this season.

Rating: 8.5 — Based just on the running backs and offensive line, the rating wouldn’t be this high. But Miller is a game-changer with his feet, Elliott does have upside and Samuel and Wilson could be threats to go whenever they touch the ball.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State, The Breakdown

Introduction:Ohio State — Michigan State

Quarterbacks:OSU’s Braxton Miller (9.2) — MSU’s Connor Cook (8.9)

Run game: Ohio State (8.5) – Michigan State (8.7)

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