The Ohio State Buckeyes are undefeated on the season. They have one of the best coaches in the country in Urban Meyer and one of the best players in the country in Braxton Miller.
1700 yards passing and 1200 yards rushing, 27 total touchdowns through 10 games and an undefeated season should be enough to warrant a trip to New York along with a plethora of post season accolades. He should be making the rounds on the sports talk shows trying to gain momentum for his Heisman trophy campaign while telling the host “we’re just taking things a game at a time” when pressed about Ohio State’s chances of playing in the national title game.
However he is noticeably vacant. Although in the mix, he is shifted down to 4th or 5th in the current rankings, in large part because he can not win a conference championship or even take his team to a bowl game. Compared to a Kenjon Barner, Collin Klein, Johnny Manziel, or Manti Te’o his games do not mean as much. But it is not his fault.
Due to the sins of former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and the selfishness of a few, Miller, who is having one of the best seasons in college football this year is being punished for something he did not do; punished for committing to a school he dreamed of playing for.
Sometimes that is the problem with these NCAA sanctions. Those who deserved to be punished have already been, and the ones who had nothing to do with the infractions are left to hold the weight of the burden. Sometimes life is not fair.
Miller may be able to grow from this great season and reach new heights in 2013 in Meyer’s offense; a system he looks made for. However, that should not take away from what he has been able to do this season.