It’s never easy to prepare for a great Ohio State Buckeyes‘ offense, especially one with a Heisman-caliber quarterback in Braxton Miller. However, since it has not been announced whether or not Miller will play on Saturday against the Wisconsin Badgers, the Badgers have to prepare for two offenses, one with Miller and the other with backup quarterback Kenny Guiton.
The Badgers say their defense will approach both quarterbacks the same way; they are not going to change anything no matter who the Buckeyes decide to start on Saturday. This could be a mistake on their part, as Miller and Guiton are two very different quarterbacks. Miller is more athletic and is a threat to run the ball, whereas Guiton is a great passer and has a 67 percent completion percentage with seven touchdowns and only one interception since he came in to replace the injured Miller in Week 2. The Badgers’ preparation should be different for a passer like Guiton, since their defense gave up 352 receiving yards in a loss to a good Arizona State Sun Devils team in Week 3. Guiton’s passing ability should not be overlooked.
If Miller is able to play on Saturday, you never know what Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer could do with his offense. He would have plenty of options and is a very innovative coach as it is. Some are suggesting that he should use the two quarterback approach, and bring both in at the same time against Wisconsin so they will not know what to expect. He used this type of offense successfully as the Florida Gators head coach with Chris Leak and Tim Tebow.
Another advantage the Buckeyes have is the fact that they are playing a night game at home in the Horseshoe; they have an 8-3 record in such games. There is also no telling what Meyer could do if he has both of his quarterbacks available. It is sure to be an interesting game.