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Braxton Miller will be crucial in bringing the Buckeyes back to their winning ways in 2012
With an early out of conference game in Columbus, a win at The Shoe would do wonders for a young Bears team. After a disappointing 6-7 season and a 24-17 loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, the Buckeye faithful are looking for a return to their winning ways.
While the Buckeyes were often indecisive with their offensive schemes last season, a productive offseason and confidence from his coaching staff should help in Miller's ascension. The Buckeyes expect quarterback Braxton Miller to produce early and consistently. The experts also feel the same way as Brian Bennet over at ESPN's Big Ten Blog expects Miller to be in the 3,000 yard club next season for Big Ten quarterbacks.
According to rivals.com, Ohio State boasts the fourth-best recruiting class, including 4-star running back Bri'onte Dunn and three 4-star offensive linemen.
Lately, Ohio State has fallen behind in the Leaders Division to powerhouses like Wisconsin and Penn State. Embroiled in previous scandals and the aftermath of Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel, there will be a tremendous amount of pressure on Miller to succeed.
If Miller starts producing early, Ohio State could find itself 4-0 entering conference play at Michigan State. Conversely, a win on the road could be the confidence booster that Cal needs for its date at the Coliseum with USC the following week. How coach Jeff Tedford decides to handle Miller and the Buckeyes could be a pivotal moment in the Bears season.