August 20,2014 Louisville, Ky.
Buckeyes’ Miller Out For the Season
Before Tuesday many college football analysts had the Ohio State Buckeyes football team most likely to go undefeated in this upcoming 2014 college football season. This year will also be the first year of the College Football Playoff System and to most analysts the Buckeyes had the easiest road to get into the playoffs. However, Tuesday the Buckeyes may have shattered their chances to go undefeated in the regular season, because their star quarterback Braxton Miller sustained a season ending, right shoulder injury.
Miller sustained the injury during practice and will have to undergo surgery on his the shoulder, which is also the same shoulder he uses to pass the football. Braxton Miller is a huge part of the Ohio State offense he had quarterback rating of over 80 last season, which was the highest in the Big Ten conference. Miller also threw 24 touchdown passes, while rushing for another 12 TDs last season. He completed nearly 63% of his pass attempts, while throwing just 7 interceptions. Ohio State will really miss the production of Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes likely won’t go undefeated in the conference without him.
OSU football head coach Urban Meyer, while have to rely on J.T. Barrett and Cardale Don’Jones to lead the Buckeye offense. Barrett is a redshirt freshmen who didn’t play in a game last season, while Jones is a sophomore quarterback who didn’t see much playing time either. With the loss of Miller OSU may have seen its national title hopes go down the drain.
The Buckeyes could still win the Big Ten Football Conference Championship, but without Miller it will be tough. The Michigan State Spartans are the biggest threat to the Buckeyes, as they are ranked in the top 10 according to the AP poll. The Spartans also won the 2014 BCS Rose Bowl game and beat the Buckeyes in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game. The Big Ten consists of Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State and most recently Rutgers, so Miller’s injury could make things very interesting in the Big Ten.
The good thing for OSU fans is that Braxton Miller has stated that he will return for the 2015 College football season, according to ESPN. Miller’s loss is significant, but it will be up to Coach Meyer to get the other Buckeye players to set up in his absence.
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