Braxton Miller's Poor Performance Reignites QB Controversy with Kenny Guiton

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 6, 2013

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 05: Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 5, 2013 in Evanston, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 40-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Ohio State Buckeyes may have gotten the win, but Braxton Miller's poor performance has officially reignited the quarterback controversy between himself and Kenny Guiton.

It was a close win for the No. 4 Buckeyes, who topped No. 16 Northwestern, 40-30, thanks to some late-game heroics by Carlos Hyde, who ran for 168 yards and three touchdowns on the day.

Miller, on the other hand, didn't help his team out much.  He went 15-of-26 for 203 yards and an interception.  He also ran for 68 yards on 17 carries, but had two fumbles, including one at the 1-yard line that appeared at the time to be a devastating blow to the Buckeyes and their dreams of a perfect season.

That crucial fumble came when the Buckeyes were down 23-13 in the third quarter.  With the end zone in sight on 1st-and-goal, Miller scrambled toward the toward the goal line.  Instead of running it in, Miller got stripped at the 1-yard line, and the Wildcats recovered, making it seem like the game was about to get out of hand for Ohio State.

With all of Miller's struggles today, the QB controversy has officially returned.

When the sophomore Miller was injured, Guiton stepped up and made some huge plays on offense.  He played significant time in just three games and threw for 664 yards, 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions, while completing 68.4 percent of his passes.  He was sacked just one time and had a 168.1 passer rating.

The offense was much more efficient when Guiton was in there.  He does a better job of controlling the offense with his arm and can make some simply beautiful throws.  He's not as explosive of an athlete as Miller, but he is a more efficient and consistent player.

Urban Meyer didn't help this situation a couple of weeks ago.  In the days leading up to the game against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes' head coach listed both Guiton and Miller as co-starters on the depth chart and said that Braxton would "probably start" against the Badgers.

To make things even more interesting, according to Ari Wasserman of, Meyer said that he was really close to subbing in Guiton to replace the struggling Miller.

When your head coach says something like that publicly, you know that your starting job is on the hot seat.

Miller started the season as a Heisman contender, but after following up a couple of missed games with a below-average performance, he's got to be worrying more about his job than that winning that award.