Why OSU'S Braxton Miller Will Have a Better Season Than UM's Denard Robinson
Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Michigan's Denard Robinson are the two most exciting quarterbacks in the Big Ten Conference. Their dual-threat capabilities keep defenses on their toes on every given play. They are two of most athletic quarterbacks in the rivalry's history.
While Robinson looks to finish his college career off strong, here are five reasons why Braxton Miller will have a better season than the senior from Deerfield Beach, Fla.
5. Denard Robinson's Slow Start
Let's face it, when you have to play one of the best defenses in the country, you're going to have your fair share of difficulties. This was definitely the case with Denard Robinson in Michigan's blowout loss to the Crimson Tide. He had his fair share of struggles all night long.
The senior was held in check in Michigan's season opener, going just 11-of-26 (42.3 percent), with one touchdown, two interceptions and a measly 104.2 QB rating
Even though Robinson has a couple of cupcake opponents to rack up stats against before Michigan's annual rivalry matchup versus Notre Dame, it will be hard for him to pick up the pace and get on the same track as Braxton Miller.
4. Ohio State's Favorable Schedule
While Michigan has a very tough nonconference schedule this year, Ohio State's soft schedule is basically built for young guys like Braxton Miller to have success. That was evident in game one versus the Miami Redhawks.
The toughest of Michigan's nonconference opponents happened to be the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. You know, the No. 1 team in the country?
Ohio State's toughest nonconference opponent happens to be an unranked California team who's coming off of a 31-24 loss against Nevada
You do the math, and consider which quarterback has the better chance to have success.
3. There Are Too Many Inconsistencies with Denard Robinson
To many skeptics, the Michigan man who wears the No. 18 jersey is just another turnover waiting to happen. We're talking about a guy who has thrown 41 touchdown passes compared to 32 interceptions in his career.
That's not a very good touchdown-to-interception ratio—no matter how you look at it.
Though the Buckeyes didn't pass the football very much last season, young Miller only threw four interceptions as a freshman.
2. The Urban Meyer Effect
There's no doubt that Urban Meyer knows how to coach successful quarterbacks. Just ask Alex Smith and Tim Tebow what I'm talking about.
If Ohio State's season opener was an indication of how Miller's capabilities will be utilized this year, he could very well wind up being the Big Ten Conference's most valuable player.
1. Braxton Miller Is Simply the Better Quarterback
Whether it's passing on the run, throwing the deep ball or limiting mistakes, Miller is simply a better quarterback than his counterpart from "that school up north." There's more than one reason why, too.
On paper, the two quarterbacks are just about equally impressive. However, here's the difference: Robinson is an athlete who happens to have the ability to throw, while Miller is a quarterback who happens to have the ability to run.
Last year, Miller's QB rating as a freshman (138.4) was very similar to Robinson's QB rating as a junior (139.7). In Urban Meyer's uptempo spread, Miller has unlimited potential.
As the season progresses, Miller will further separate himself as the superior QB in the rivalry.
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