Braxton Miller, the sensational sophomore quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, has guided coach Urban Meyer's team to a 4-0 start. When the season is over, he'll have a seat in New York City at the Heisman Trophy presentation.
Miller has been the best QB in the Big Ten by a long shot over these first four games. That doesn't mean anything across the country, but it certainly means something when determining who doesn't have a shot at the trophy.
Right now, Miller's stats aren't huge, but they certainly aren't paltry, either. He's 60-for-98 for 743 yards in the air, hurling seven touchdowns to two interceptions. On the ground, he's been solid as well, rushing for 441 yards and seven touchdowns.
Projecting that out to the rest of the season, Miller has a shot to throw for more than 2,500 yards in the air and run for 1,500 on the ground should he have a breakout game in his Big Ten schedule.
There are some obstacles for his road to New York, however.
The schedule hasn't been that great for Ohio State, and they've struggled with some inferior talent. UAB and UCF were supposed to be warm-up games for the Buckeyes, but they had some difficulties putting the game away.
Additionally, all four of the Buckeyes' first four games have been at home. That will change Week 5 against Michigan State in what figures to be one of the best games of the entire weekend.
The one saving grace from this opening four-game stint is the late-game win over California. Miller threw four touchdowns, including the game-winner to Devin Smith late in the fourth quarter. His ability to run really showed against the Golden Bears, who were so worried about the scramble that they gave up some big plays in the air.
Looking forward, though, Miller is going to have a chance to do most of his damage at home. His toughest game on the road is this Saturday, and he'll get Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska at home.
Much like his Big Ten colleague Denard Robinson, keys to a successful season and Heisman run for these quarterbacks are using their legs to his advantage, while limiting the number of turnovers they allow.
One has done that, and the other has not. Robinson has completely taken himself out of the conversation with two awful games against ranked opponents. Miller should have three or four chances to impress the national media enough to get a seat at the table.
It's not going to be easy, though; Matt Barkley, Le'Veon Bell, De'Anthony Thomas, Collin Klein and Geno Smith are all ahead of Miller right now. He's going to need help, but Klein and Smith likely will knock each other out—same with Barkley and Thomas.
For Miller, it's going to be about proving to voters that this Ohio State team would be awful without him. I think he's already done that, but he can solidify his place as one of the nation's best with some key wins.
Don't forget, Miller has Meyer on his side. If Ohio State finishes 11-1 or even 10-2 with two close losses, Miller will be in New York City. He has the talent to do so and the coach to get him there.
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