Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Can Count on Braxton Miller to Keep Wins Rolling
Some are complaining about Ohio State's win over Central Florida on Saturday. Some are saying it wasn't dominant enough, that the signs of a resurgence aren't strong enough.
But the Buckeyes are in good shape. Ohio State can just look at teams like Michigan and Arkansas and count its blessings: It is going to be just fine. Braxton Miller will make sure of it.
As is the case on most college teams, a solid quarterback is the key to success. Sometimes, it's the only thing a team needs to be successful. And in that sense, the Buckeyes are lucky.
In Ohio State's most recent 31-16 win over Central Florida, Miller rushed for three touchdowns—becoming the first Buckeyes quarterback to do so in 34 years, according to the Associated Press—and he passed for one for a total of four scores.
It's scary to imagine where this Ohio State offense would be without Miller, and it's scary to think about what's going to happen to this team if he gets injured, or if an opposing defense figures out how to stop him (like what Alabama did to Denard Robinson in Week 1).
Until then, though, the Buckeyes are golden. They're on the right track toward rebounding from a 6-7 finish last season. In two games, their defense has allowed just 26 points, and their offense has scored 87.
There would be something to worry about if the offense couldn't score and the defense couldn't hold up, but there's no evidence of that at all. Granted, the Buckeyes haven't quite been tested yet, but thus far, the signs are resoundingly positive.
Still, it's a good thing that Urban Meyer is taking a tough-love approach to this team. Any good coach motivates his team to be better, even when it's already doing mostly everything right. Meyer knows it's going to take more than "good" in order to win the Big Ten.
That's why, after the win over UCF, Meyer told the AP:
We're not where I thought we'd be. In pass defense we have a long way to go and in getting pressure on the quarterback. Offensively we're down to our third tailback and it looks like it. We have to get better. The guys carrying the ball are talented—just terrible mistakes.
No matter how strong any team is, there is always room to get better. Especially this season, when you look at the teams atop the polls—teams like Alabama and USC—there is going to be no margin for error.
But the Buckeyes are on their way. So far, so good. And with Miller at the helm, there is no reason to believe that storyline is going to change any time soon.
With Miller, the Buckeyes are as good as they could possibly be right now.
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