Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encounters the question, he says, as much as 200 times a year from recruits, fans and reporters: Why haven't you ever had a running back rush for 1,000 yards?

In Meyer's 11½ years as a head coach, he's had quarterback Braxton Miller go for 1,271 yards rushing a year ago. But no running back has ever turned the trick.

Meyer's tired of being asked — and particularly weary of having it used against him in recruiting. Other schools tell blue-chip backs that they will not flourish in Meyer's spread offense.

Heading into the fourth-ranked Buckeyes' game Saturday against Iowa, Meyer knows running back Carlos Hyde must have a big game if Ohio State is to extend its nation's best winning streak to 19.