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Is J.K. Dobbins already a legitimate Heisman contender?

Our latest podcast breaks down Dobbins’ ridiculous start, and previews UNLV.

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It’s been quite the month for Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins. After breaking the school record for yards rushing in a single game by a freshman —in his first career game, no less— Dobbins posted strong performances against both Oklahoma and Army, and has already earned The Big Ten Conference Player of the Week award twice.

Despite having only 55 carries, Dobbins ranks 8th nationally in yards rushing through three games. Add in Mike Weber Jr.’s current injury situation, and Dobbins stands to see even more action going forward. If he keeps it up, how long will it take him to vault near the top of the Heisman Trophy conversation?

On this episode of the Hangout in the Holy Land, Matt Brown and Colton Denning assess what it will take for Dobbins to become a major factor in the Heisman race, and preview everything about this week’s game versus UNLV, including:

  • Previewing UNLV’s explosive running game, and why the linebackers —including Tuf Borland-- will take center stage in stopping it.
  • Getting used to Ohio State’s offense relying heavily on run/pass options
  • The benefits of using those RPO’s for J.T. Barrett and his receivers.
  • The importance of getting Dobbins the ball early.
  • Why the Buckeyes should win by 30 points, and more.

The guys also wonder what it will take for Mike Riley to be fired at Nebraska, take a look at the most important games going on around college football, and give their predictions.

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