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Has Braxton Miller's Start Put the Ohio State QB in the Heisman Conversation?

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 8:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is tackled by Kemal Ishmael #18 of the Central Florida Knights on September 8, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Brad WashingtonCorrespondent IISeptember 8, 2012

Braxton Miller has once again shown the Buckeye faithful and the nation how valuable his legs are to Urban Meyer's spread offense.

In the victory versus University of Central Florida, Miller completed 18-24 passes for 155 yards with one touchdown and interception a piece. He also had 141 yards on the ground with a whopping three touchdowns.

Miller has eclipsed 664 yards of total offense in his first two games. That's already one-third of what he racked up all of last season.

With that said, two questions need to be answered.

First, has Braxton Miller put himself on the Heisman watch already?

And second, will he be able to duplicate those numbers against much tougher opponents, such as Michigan and Wisconsin?

He'll be expected to add to those gaudy numbers in the next two weeks, when the Buckeyes face off against more inferior competition in Cal and UAB. But in terms of his Heisman candidacy, his first real test will come against Michigan State in the conference-play opener.

We can say that the offense Urban Meyer has installed appears to suit Miller just fine. He's reading the defense on passes, and making swift cuts and runs with the ball.

But Michigan State is far better in terms of talent than the UAB's and UCF's of the world. So maybe we should wait to see what he does against Big Ten opponents.

It's not to say that Big Ten opponents have world-class defenses. (They don't.)  Still, Braxton's toughest opponents will come from his own conference.

Nevertheless, he's made his mark by dipping his foot in the water after his performance today. Let's see if he can make a splash once conference play starts.

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