Ohio State's Braxton Miller Shines on Saturday Night

By noahweintraub

Fourth-ranked Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had a great night in the 31-24 Saturday night victory against 23rd-ranked Wisconsin. Miller had not played in a full game since the team’s first game against Buffalo. He played so great that it is hard to fathom that he had missed time due to a sprained MCL. He had 282 total yards and threw four touchdown passes. Two of the touchdown passes went to wide receiver Philly Brown.

Miller looked very accurate on the majority of his passes. He also had some great runs, but he was contained for the most part.

The fact that Miller was able to have some great runs on read-option plays shows that he is very close to being 100 percent from a sprained MCL. Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis had a great game in the defeat with 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. Miller needed to play well on Saturday night to keep the Buckeyes in the BCS Championship Game picture.

The AP Top 25 Poll ranks the Buckeyes as the fourth-best team in Division I. Two of the top three teams in the AP Poll won convincingly on Saturday: top ranked Alabama won 23-0 against 21st-ranked Ole Miss, third-ranked Clemson won 56-7 against Wake Forest, and second-ranked Oregon routed California 55-16.

The Buckeyes need to finish in the top two of the final regular season AP Poll to play in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 6.

Miller is continuing to improve as a pocket passer, and Saturday night was a step in the right direction. He threw for 15 touchdown passes last season and he has already thrown for six touchdowns this season. If he continues to have great performances as he did on Saturday night against the Badgers, the Buckeyes have a great chance to play in Pasadena.

Noah Weintraub is a Contributing Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NoahWeintraub, join his Facebook group, or add him to your network on Google.

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