Look at the roster. First things first, the offense goes through 5, it starts and ends with him. I think any of the backs on the roster have the potential to match Hyde as long as 5 is in there to attract the attention that he does. Don't get me wrong, Hyde has ability and he made plays, but you can't tell me that having Braxton in there and having all 11 sets of eyes from opposing defenses on him didn't open things up for Hyde.
I think ultimately, given the reports (which are all I can go by) Hyde will find himself in some legal trouble and at the very least he will miss time, and it will be the chance for a Warren Ball, Bri'Onte Dunn, or Rod Smith to step in and take over. This offense is going to function and it won't need Hyde to accomplish what so many believe can be accomplished. Would he be a great addition, no question, I'd be a fool to say otherwise, but this offense begins, survives, and ends on the shoulders, hands, and legs of #5, and we all know he's the best in the country.
Let's let the haters hate. Let's let ESPN run Meyer into the ground like he's some kind of schlub and not a two time NC winner. Let them say whatever they want, if you're a Buckeye fan you know the truth, and you know what this team is capable of, and you know what the CHASE is all about.
I don't think this offense will miss a beat, and my plan from this point on is to let the legal matter play itself out, and after watching the B1G media day, I think it's fair to say that Urban Meyer is doing the same. I'm still happy with this team, and the roster is still stacked top to bottom with talented players who can step up and bring a crystal to Ohio State.