Braxton Miller ran for more than 1,200 yards and passed for more than 2,000 last season, setting the Ohio State school record for most yards in a season, yet right now he may not be the most popular quarterback on his own team.
That honor belongs to Kenny Guiton, who has ripped opposing offenses for 641 yards and 12 touchdowns in the last three games while playing in place of Miller, who was injured early on against San Diego State.
However, this is a major blessing on the field because of that trust factor. It will allow Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman to open up the offense and not be so careful with a returning Miller.
Instead of keeping him in the pocket or designing an offense that will only play to what they think he can do physically, Meyer and Herman can let the offense flow how it would, injury or not.
While Meyer may say that the offense won't change regardless of who plays under center, the reality is that the personality of each quarterback is different.
Miller is more likely to scramble out of trouble and take chances with his arm and legs. Guiton has shown he can do both, but he's more inclined to go through the offense as it's drawn up before improvising.
On Saturday against the Badgers, Miller's leg will be put to the test. However, expect Miller, Meyer and Herman to know that and look to take a few more risks.
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So what if Miller can't do something or has to come out at some point in the game? Guiton can be an easy replacement for him, right?
Meyer has hinted that both quarterbacks will see time on Saturday. If the Buckeyes believe Miller isn't in rhythm or isn't moving the offense well enough, they may turn to Guiton.
No matter who plays at quarterback, Ohio State has a signal-caller who has experience and can competently run the offense. That means they can take chances with Miller and enjoy a great fallback plan in Guiton too.
Andy Coppens is the Big Ten Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for more coverage of all things Big Ten.