College Football Rankings: Can Ohio State Buckeyes Fix QB Issues?

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 3:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass to Christian Bryant #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the third quarter against the Akron Zips on September 3, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Akron 42-0. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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The combination of Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller at quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes combined for a dreadful 35 yards passing Saturday night against the Miami Hurricanes. Bauserman contributed 13 yards passing while Miller added 22 yards. Miller also threw an interception.

The Buckeyes weren't successful at all and were taken out of every element of the game. The worst part for the Buckeyes is that they were exposed. The quarterback play isn't going to get any better and whether or not they want to admit it; they miss Terrelle Pryor more than ever.

One thing Ohio State does have going for them is that Miller is an emerging talent, he is just a true freshman. His weapons aren't back yet either. DaVier Posey isn't back yet and neither is Daniel Harren. When they return, they will be able to take pressure off whoever is playing quarterback.

Miller was a highly touted recruit and his potential shows a lot of promise, but at the current moment he's struggling to get a grasp on the offense and his youth is apparent especially in a big game against Miami.

Bauserman, however, doesn't have an excuse. He's a senior which means he's been in the system for some time now and while the leadership of Jim Tressel is gone, he still should have a better grasp on the offense than what he's shown so far.

The quarterback issues can be fixed. It might be for the benefit of this offense and the team as a whole if either Miller or Bauserman starts from here on out. No more splitting time, no more sharing snaps.

Both quarterbacks offer different skill sets. Miler is a scrambler with a strong arm. Bauserman is a classic stay in the pocket kin of quarterback. Miller adds a new element with the ability to run when he needs to and with a depleted line, he may be a better option than Bauserman.

Bauserman has put in the time and he certainly deserves a chance, but so far he's proven that he's not capable of being the starter for this team.