Ohio State Football: Miller Needs Big Game vs. PSU to Remain in Heisman Race

Luke PashkeCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 20:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs past Landon Feichter #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers during the first quarter on October 20, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Not many expected Braxton Miller to be a serious Heisman contender at the beginning of the year but following the Nebraska game, Miller was near the top of the Heisman watch. After his offensive explosion against the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes played an abnormally close two games against Indiana and Purdue, the Purdue game featuring a Braxton Miller injury.

His most recent shortened game against Purdue has damaged his Heisman hopes, especially with the roll Colin Klein is on, but this week's matchup versus Penn State could be just what the doctor ordered.

The Buckeyes square off against Penn State at 5:30pm ET on national television and it will be the perfect stage for Miller to increase his hype.

Miller is the majority of the Buckeye's offense and his dazzling runs should captivate the audience in a heartbeat. People need to be reminded of his extremely exciting play and see him dominate a notable team like they did against Nebraska.

But even if he has a fantastic performance, he won't head the Heisman watch list. This game is more about him sticking around the front to make a bigger push later.

If he were to go out this Saturday and have a mediocre game or exit the game with another injury, he would be completely out of the race for good. He must stay relevant until even bigger games present themselves on the schedule.

Braxton Miller's chances to really make it to the front of the Heisman watch will be against Wisconsin and Michigan but for now, he just has to stick around.

The way he can stick around is by having big games against teams like Penn State and continue to build his impressive stats.

If he can't, he will not win the Heisman.