COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Looking at the critical areas and most important players as No. 3 Ohio State looks to stay unbeaten as it visits Illinois on Saturday (noon, ESPN). Tune out the noise: The Buckeyes dialed up some of the conversation involving their BCS title chances with Evan Spencer's confident comments in reference to Alabama and Florida State early in the week, and Urban Meyer made it quite clear he didn't appreciate the potential distraction.
about 19 days ago | Austin Ward | Ohio State Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The ability to make all the throws was always evident. Tom Herman had seen the impressive arm strength plenty on the practice field, and for some of the criticism the Ohio State offensive coordinator’s prized pupil has taken for his accuracy, Braxton Miller is more than capable of fitting a football into a tight spot.
about 63 days ago | Austin Ward | Ohio State Buckeyes
On occasion Saturday night, Ohio State lined up with quarterback Braxton Miller in the shotgun, flanked by running back Carlos Hyde and receiver Dontre Wilson. If you're a defensive coordinator, that might qualify as a special kind of torture.
about 65 days ago | Brian Bennett | Ohio State Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Contrived or not, there’s officially no controversy now. The conversation about whether Kenny Guiton had done enough to take over as Ohio State’s starting quarterback had drawn on with Braxton Miller defenseless, unable to make his case while recovering from a sprained knee.
about 67 days ago | Austin Ward | Ohio State Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The face of the program has spent more time in sweats than pads on game days. Last year's top rusher and automatic touchdown machine in the red zone has played in only one game, and even then he was barely used.
about 69 days ago | Austin Ward | Ohio State Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The plan needed some adjustments on the fly, but the end result as nonconference play wrapped up was exactly what Ohio State had in mind. Braxton Miller was on the shelf for almost all of it, the defensive line had to deal with a couple notable injuries and the strength of schedule may have taken a hit due to circumstances the Buckeyes couldn’t control.
about 71 days ago | Austin Ward | Ohio State Buckeyes
MADISON, Wis. -- No team defended Ohio State's offense and star quarterback Braxton Miller better than Wisconsin in 2012. Don't believe me? Ask Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer. He makes it clear that the Badgers caused the most problems for the Big Ten's top scoring offense and the league's top offensive player.
about 72 days ago | Adam Rittenberg | Ohio State Buckeyes