How exactly could the Ohio State Buckeyes top a 2012 season in which they went undefeated in both Big Ten play and out of conference play? The obvious answer is to win a National Championship as the program was unable to compete in a bowl game in 2012 given prior violations of NCAAF rules but, how about Braxton Miller bringing a Heisman Trophy to Ohio State?
When Urban Meyer took the job as Buckeyes head coach the instant reaction was that he would take Miller and turn him into a Heiman winner just like Meyer did to Tim Tebow years ago. Now, with 2013 ahead of us the possibility is becoming more and more likely. However, Miller will still have to improve in many facets of the game to get the hardware.
Miller was menace on the ground last season as he rushed for 1,271 yards and ran into the end-zone 13 times in 2012–he also rushed for 100 or more yards in six of the teams 12 games. While Miller’s six interceptions may sound an alarm to some his 13 passing touchdowns and 2,039 passing yards are impressive enough to me. Perhaps the most important stat from Miller in 2012 was his 205.8 passer rating in the fourth quarter–which is where stars are supposed to shine the brightest.
The Big Ten will again be competitive but, I have my doubts even the stoutest defense will be able to design a game plan that will stop the Sophomore who seems to get better with every snap he takes. Quarterbacks around the country were impressive however, none of them carried the load of Miller and none of them were undefeated.