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Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller Must Start Right Now

Luke PashkeCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2011

Enough is enough for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

After one of the most dismal passing performances in the program's history, Joe Bauserman no longer has any business being on the field. It was clear early on that with Bauserman the Buckeyes had little to no chance of moving the ball, and the production from the fifth year senior only got worse as the game progressed.

Bauserman finished with more attempts than passing yards, throwing for a dreadful 13 yards. Ohio State's passing game hasn't looked this bad since the inception of the forward pass.

Surprisingly, Fickell did implement Miller throughout the game, but not nearly enough. And yes, Braxton Miller seemed shaky at times, but at least the freshman showed the ability to move the ball.

If Ohio State wants to get anything done this year, the only possible option is to upgrade Miller to a full time starter. Unfortunately, with Miller's young age will come some costly mistakes, but these miscues will be paired with his rare talent and ability to spark the offense.

Miller proved he had the ability to make plays on offense while Bauserman continued to take sacks and throw away the ball. The freshman's mistakes will only continue to dwindle as he gets more experience and chances throughout the season.

Fickell and his staff must learn to live with the freshman mistakes because Miller is the only way this offense can be remotely successful. Bauserman is no longer a viable option.

Three years ago, Mr. Conservative himself, Jim Tressel, made the bold move to promote freshman QB Terrelle Pryor to full time starter, and if Luke Fickell has any plans of continuing his coaching career at Ohio State, he must do the same.

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