Ohio State Football: Freshman QB Braxton Miller to Start vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Tyler Waddell@Tyler_WaddellCorrespondent IISeptember 22, 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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According to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, the announcement was made that true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will start his first college football game on Saturday when Colorado visits Columbus.

Fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman was chosen to lead the Buckeyes' offense for the first three games of the season, faring rather well until his Week 3 performance against the Miami Hurricanes—unlike LeBron James, the 25-year-old QB decided to leave his talents at home, rather than South Beach—in which he completed 2-of-14 passes for just 13 yards.

But it's not like Miller blew away the crowd with his performance, either. The freshman completed just as many passes as his counterpart (two) in only four tries, but threw an interception and lost a fumble in the process.

However, Luke Fickell stated Thursday afternoon that Miller had won this week's starting job in practice after the two QBs had battled it out for a few days.

Ironically, former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor began his collegiate career as a freshman in Week 4 of 2008, following a 35-3 loss in Pasadena to the (then No. 1) USC Trojans.

He had overtaken senior quarterback Todd Boeckman's role as starter.

Pryor went on to go 10-of-16 for 139 yards, four touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 66 yards in a 28-10 victory over Troy. Boeckman attempted just one pass, which resulted in an incompletion.

Whether this will be a new trend the Buckeyes are starting or simply a coincidence, OSU must get its act together before taking on the Colorado Buffaloes (1-2) on Saturday.

Ohio State (2-1) is currently ranked 96th in the nation when it comes to passing yards (172.3 per game) and 53rd on the ground (170.0 ypg).

The Buffaloes—now a member of the Pac-12—have gotten off to a slow start, losing games to Hawaii and California. Nevertheless, they are heading into the Horseshoe after beating rival Colorado State 28-14.

The Buckeyes have won 56 consecutive regular-season non-conference home games against teams not ranked in the AP Top 25.