The Ohio State Buckeyes had to give it a go in Berkeley, Ca. on Saturday night without Heisman hopeful quarterback Braxton Miller, who suffered a left knee sprain in the first quarter of last weeks game against San Diego State. Instead, backup QB Kenny Guiton lead the troops on the road to an impressive 52-34 victory over the California Golden Bears. Guiton has made the most of his opportunity in his fifth year on the team. The Buckeyes are quietly flying under the NCAA radar, and are currently ranked fourth in the nation.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is a perfect 15-0 since becoming the ring leader in Columbus. The Buckeyes went 12-0 in the 2012 season; however, NCAA sanctions rendered them ineligible for a bowl game. Now 3-0 on the new 2013 season, the team is looking to roll through the Big Ten Conference and find themselves in a position to play for a BCS Championship.
The Buckeyes will be back at home inside the friendly confines of the Horseshoe in Columbus the next two weeks. They’ll play Florida A&M before opening their Big Ten slate against Wisconsin on Sept. 28. Looking at their schedule, the squad’s toughest test seems to be their final game of the season against arch rival Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor.
With the likes of Alabama, Oregon and Clemson getting all of the attention ahead of the Buckeyes, flying under the radar is all that this great Ohio State team can do right now. I think Meyer and the Bucks love this scenario, and they won’t have to deal with the extra pressure bearing down on the other aforementioned programs.
Miller should be ready for action soon at quarterback for Ohio State. If not, Guiton will be waiting to lead the charge, and will propel the Bucks towards a trip to the Pasadena. They won’t be looking to play for a Rose Bowl trophy on Jan. 1. Instead, they have their eyes set on the BCS Title at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Jan. 6. Look for the Buckeyes to roll through the rest of their season and to represent the Big Ten in the BCS Championship game.