With Full Seasons Who'd Be Better OSU Heisman Candidate, Hyde or Miller?

Andrew CoppensContributor IDecember 3, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 hands the ball off to running back Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Michigan Wolverines during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The 2013 college football season has seen just about everything and it's left Heisman voters waiting until the final seconds tick off the clock of championship games to figure out who will get their votes. 

Two players in Columbus, quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Carlos Hyde, have made compelling cases for consideration for the stiff-armed trophy, but both are also hampered by missing games this season. 

It's left us pondering, what if Miller had stayed healthy? What if Hyde had never allegedly slapped a woman and got himself suspended for three games? 

Could either of them be a true Heisman Trophy candidate with a full season on their belts? 

Over the past month, both have put on great cases for consideration no matter the situations both faced earlier in the year. 

Hyde has put up 700 yards and seven touchdowns in the last four games, rushing for over 200 yards twice in that four-game span. 

Miller, on the other hand, has put up 676 yards passing, while completing 58 percent of his passes and 10 touchdowns over that same four-game span. He also added 488 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. 

So, how would these two stack up with a full 12 games worth of stats to look at? 

Let's explore the two options. We can look at how each have fared and apply their averages to the missing games. 

Braxton Miller's Stats (w/ averages applied)
Passing Yards2,111
Passing Touchdowns25
Rushing Yards1,069
Rushing Touchdowns9
Carlos Hyde's Stats (w/ averages)
Rushing Yards1,720
Rushing Touchdowns17

We can also look at how the replacements (Kenny Guiton and Jordan Hall, respectively) did in those games and add it to the rest of the season. 

Braxton Miller's Stats (w/ replacement players numbers)
Passing Yards2,402
Passing Touchdowns33
Rushing Yards1,071
Rushing Touchdowns9
Carlos Hyde's Stats (w/ replacement players numbers)
Rushing Yards1,692
Rushing Touchdowns20

All of those numbers don't include the championship game this coming weekend either.

While the numbers show two players with some very interesting cases to be made, just how would they stack up nationally with a full season under their belts?

Hyde would have finished fifth in rushing yards and sixth in touchdowns nationally based on his average this season, while finishing sixth in yards and third in touchdowns based on the numbers Hall put up in his place.  

Miller would have finished 53rd in passing yards and sixth in passing touchdowns with the numbers Guiton put up in his place, while finishing 23rd nationally in total yards a game with those numbers. He currently is 35th nationally with an average of 265 yards of total offense. 

The cases for each of these players are clearly hurt by just how good each other is, but where Hyde would finish versus Miller based on their own averages would put him in serious consideration for this award over his quarterback. 

Finishing in the top five of rushing yards and sixth in touchdowns during a year in which your team finishes the season undefeated (if they win the Big Ten championship) is a pretty compelling case for Heisman Trophy consideration. 

Hyde's season may not be realized for how good it was until he is long gone from Columbus, but his numbers are compelling enough that of the two, Hyde should be considered the more likely Heisman Trophy candidate. 


*Andy Coppens is Bleacher Report's lead writer for the Big Ten. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens.