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Ohio State looks primed to continue its recent success as it gets off to a 4-0 record to begin the season. However during this stretch, fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman struggles at quarterback a decent amount but not enough to lose a game yet.
In Week 5, the wheels completely fall off for Bauserman as he turns the ball over several times and gives away a very winnable game to Michigan State. Now Buckeye Nation is screaming for freshman Braxton Miller to take over full time, and interim coach Luke Fickell responds by starting him the next week against Nebraska.
Although Miller has a ton of potential and could very easily be great in the future, he's still a freshman and struggles mightily against the new members of the Big Ten. After dropping two straight games, the Buckeyes head to Champaign, Ill., and look much better and come away with an easy victory. Miller shows his potential, and fans grow excited for their future with the young freshman under center for years to come.
Unfortunately, Illinois isn't Wisconsin, and the Buckeyes aren't able to produce enough offense to pull off the upset. With three losses in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are basically out of contention for a conference championship.
In the following two weeks Ohio State grows more comfortable with its new offense with Miller at the helm, and look great against Big Ten opponents Indiana and Purdue. These two games give the young offense a load of confidence and catapult them to finish the season strong with HUGE wins against Penn State and archrival Michigan.
With a flashy freshman quarterback and a strong defense, the Buckeyes land a bid in the Capital One Bowl.
The defense performed strong all year but didn't always have the backing of their offense in the bigger games. What would be a solid season for plenty of programs doesn't match up to recent success, but their is plenty to look forward to in the next few years.
Regular-Season Record: 9-3
Third in the Big Ten
Capital One Bowl bid