Cal vs. Ohio State: Braxton Miller Will Continue to Fuel Scorching Buckeyes

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2012

September 8, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) throws a pass  before the game against the UCF Knights at Ohio Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is on pace to blow his freshman year numbers out of the water in 2012. 

The 6'2" signal-caller will lead his Buckeyes against the California Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, where Ohio State has won its first two games this season.

That is why if you're looking for an upset this weekend you would be wise to look elsewhere. 

The No. 12-ranked Buckeyes are a new program under head coach Urban Meyer, and Miller is a new quarterback. 

The sophomore is averaging nearly seven yards per rush while averaging over 7.5 yards per pass attempt. He has over 660 total yards and seven total touchdowns to one interception through two games against Miami (OH) and UCF this September.

Those numbers are unfathomable considering that he accumulated just 1,874 total yards and 20 total touchdowns as a freshman in 2011.

Miller is the team's leading passer and rusher heading into Week 3 against Cal. Look for Miller to have another incredible game statistically for Ohio State at home on Saturday.

The Golden Bears have allowed 31 points in each of their first two games this season, while the Buckeyes are averaging 43.5 points per game thus far in 2012. 

Cal's defense in terms of yardage has been equally as dreadful this season. It has surrendered 240 passing yards per game and more than 200 yards rushing per game through two matchups this fall. 

Not to mention Miller is the best player Cal has seen all year. 

With Miller averaging 180 passing yards and another 150 rushing yards per game this season, it's safe to say that the Golden Bears are in for a nightmare in Week 3.

I expect Ohio State to win another blowout at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday.

Miller is the fuel that feeds Ohio State's burning fire in 2012. It doesn't matter that the Buckeyes aren't eligible to contend for the BCS this season, because Miller still has two more years of eligibility after this season to chase a title.

For right now, Miller, Meyer and the Buckeyes are content to put up monster numbers and throttle opponents. All the while sending a message to the rest of the country that they are the team to watch in 2013.


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