What a difference a week makes, huh?
One game removed after a disappointing performance against Michigan State, complete with controversial comments about Ohio State's gameplan after the game, Ezekiel Elliott stormed back with a vengeance. Elliott got the ball early and often against Michigan, and never stopped running, barreling for 214 yards and two TDs on 30 carries, leading the way for a dominating Ohio State rushing attack that wore down Michigan, 42-13. And now, Elliott is being recognized for his efforts, earning the Big Ten co-offensive player of the week award along with Indiana's Nate Sudfeld.
Elliott has been more than excellent all season long. He's rushed for 1672 yards, breaking the 100 yard mark in every game but one, while also rushing for 19 touchdowns. He's also added 26 catches for another 176 yards, and established himself as one of the best blocking running backs in all of college football. While the rest of Ohio State's offense has stalled at times this season, Elliott has been, by far, the most consistent performer, and he should set himself up nicely for some awards this season that might be a little bit bigger than a Big Ten co-offensive player of the week.