Ohio State Football: This Year's Snub Sets Braxton Up as Heisman Favorite in '13

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won, 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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After months of spectacular football play, outstanding performances and endless debate, the 2012 Heisman finalists have been announced.

Despite carrying the Ohio State Buckeyes on his back through a perfect 12-0 season, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller didn't make the cut.

Instead, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel got the nod.

Miller should have been invited.

He wouldn't have won. The Heisman has clearly become to a two-horse race between Manziel and Te'o, but Miller should have been the one to join them in New York City, not Klein.

All Miller did this year was set a single-season school record for total yardage with 3,310 yards (2,039 passing, 1,271 rushing) to go along with 28 total touchdowns.

Klein only had 70 more total yards than Braxton, although 10 more touchdowns, but his three turnovers against Baylor doomed Kansas State in a 28-point blowout loss that cost his team a spot in the national title game.

It the Buckeyes were eligible for postseason play, Miller would most certainly be making a pit-stop in New York City before leading Ohio State out onto the field against Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game.

With the 2012 season officially over, though, Miller and the Buckeyes can turn their attention to the 2013 season. Not only will Ohio State be one of the preseason favorites to reach the title game, but Miller will be chomping at the bit to unleash an improved offense against the 12 teams on their schedule.

Another offseason perfecting Urban Meyer's spread offense, in addition to the experience he already has running it, will pay dividends for Miller in 2013. 

During Meyer's three previous coaching stints, his teams averaged a hair over 29 points per game as they adjusted to the new scheme. The following year has always seen a significant spike in production as his teams have averaged over 39 points per game in his second year leading the program.

If the Buckeyes can make a similar 10-point jump, Miller could take an offense that scored 37 points per game in 2012 and put up nearly 50 on a weekly basis next year.

In an offense like that, generating numbers even more eye-popping than the stats he accumulated this season, Miller shouldn't have to worry about being excluded from the Heisman Trophy presentation.

This year's snub should only fuel his desire to win it in 2013.


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