Cincinnati Bengals fans can get another good look at some running back prospects while watching important games for Ohio teams this Saturday. Boom Herron and Ohio State travel to meet Purdue at noon while Isaiah Pead and the Cincinnati Bearcats get Paul Brown Stadium warmed up when they host the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Despite all the turmoil in Columbus this past off season and a rough start for head coach Luke Fickel, the Ohio State Buckeyes are still in position to win the Leaders Division of the Big Ten and play for a chance to go to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State struggled in defeating Indiana last week in Columbus 34-20. Boom Herron didn't struggle however. Herron was one of three Buckeyes to run for over 100 yards with 141 yards and a touchdown. Herron averaged an astounding 10.1 yards per carry against the Hoosiers. The game is on the Big 10 Network at noon.
Cincinnati and West Virginia also play at noon on ABC. The Bearcats are coming off a huge 26-23 win over the Pitt Panthers last weekend. The win moved the Bearcats to 7-1 and 3-0 in the Big East. With wins already against Louisville and Pitt, a victory over the Mountaineers would all but assure Cincinnati of another BCS bowl berth, a major accomplishment for second year head coach Butch Jones. Running back Isaiah Pead has been a huge part of their success. Pead had another great game last weekend running for 118 yards.
Of course Trent Richardson remains the top back on the board, though his Heisman hopes took a shot when Alabama dropped their contest with LSU last weekend. That was through no fault of Richardson, however. Richardson ran for 89 yards against LSU's stout defense and caught five passes for another 80 yards. Although the Tide lost, Richardson solidified his place as the top running back in the draft should he decide to come out this year. This week, Alabama goes to Starkville to take on Mississippi State. The Bulldogs represent another stern defensive test for Richardson, this one on the road.
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