Braxton Miller: Buckeyes Quarterback Is Best All Around in the Nation

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 29, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to make a second quarter pass while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes topped the Michigan State Spartans, 17-16, and in the process, quarterback Braxton Miller continues to make the case that he's the best all-around quarterback in the country.

Miller had a huge game against the Spartans on Saturday.

Ohio State's signal-caller was 16-of-23 for 179 yards with one touchdown and one interception. On the ground, Miller burned the Spartans defense for 136 yards on 23 carries. As a team, the Buckeyes gained 383 total yards with Miller being responsible for 315 of them. 

All of this production was against one of the better defenses in college football.

Miller's stellar performance against Michigan State is nothing new for the sophomore.

The Buckeyes' quarterback has racked up over 100 yards through the air and on the ground in the same game three times this season.

As far as getting into the end zone is concerned, Miller had scored at least two touchdowns in each game before Ohio State's win over Michigan State. In all, Miller has yet to fail to score a touchdown in a game this season.

There's no doubt the Buckeyes offense goes through Miller, and their success depends on what the quarterback produces on a weekly basis.

For the season, Miller has thrown for 933 yards and eight touchdowns to only three interceptions, while rushing for an astounding 577 yards and seven touchdowns. Miller is easily on pace to break the 1,000-yard mark in each category.

Of the 22 touchdowns that Ohio State has put up offensively, Miller has accounted for 15 of them.

When Week 5 is all said and done, Miller could crack the top five in rushing yards after entering this week in the top 10. That is quite the impressive feat for a quarterback.

Looking at Miller's numbers in total, he isn't just a good quarterback all around, he is a great one.

The Buckeyes' win against a ranked team on the back of Miller's great play will only help Ohio State's quarterback make the case that he belongs in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy.