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Urban Meyer ‘fairly optimistic’ Braxton Miller will play against Cal

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It looks like there’s a good chance Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will play against California on Saturday.

At least that’s what his coach, Urban Meyer, thinks.

Meyer said during this week’s Big Ten conference call that he had seen ‘substantial’ improvement in Miller’s movement and was ‘fairly optimistic’ that the junior would play.

The preseason Heisman Trophy favorite got through just seven snaps against San Diego State last Saturday before suffering a sprain to his left medial collateral ligament. He was examined in the locker room and fitted with a knee brace before returning to the sideline. Ohio State trainers said he was available to play, but Meyer determined that the Buckeyes didn’t need him in the 42-7 rout.

Miller will get a chance to practice this week to see if he can go against the Bears.

If Miller can’t get all the way back, the Buckeyes will once again turn to Kenny Guiton, who threw for 152 yards and rushed for 83 while totaling three touchdowns against the Aztecs after Miller was hurt last Saturday.

The Buckeyes better hope that Miller is healthy enough to at least take some backup snaps (if needed) since no other quarterback on the Ohio State roster has game experience. Without or without Miller, this has the potential to be a dangerous game for the Buckeyes, since the Bears nearly scored the upset last season in Columbus without the kind of downfield passing attack it now exhibits under new head coach Sonny Dykes.  Bears freshman Jared Goff leads the nation in passing yardage and Cal is averaging 582 yards of total offense per game.

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16 Responses to “Urban Meyer ‘fairly optimistic’ Braxton Miller will play against Cal”
  1. spunhead73 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:40 PM

    Enough talk about the overrated Buckeyes. Play somebody good,instead of the usual cupcakes.

  2. vtdcfan says: Sep 10, 2013 10:57 PM

    I say take a cautious approach with him. I know this game is “important” as in part all are in the bcs hunt but it would be a shame if he aggravated the injury and had to miss substantial time… IMO They can still run the same offense without him as shown in the last game. Would be shame to rush him back and cause further injury. Obviously he is a heisman front runner for a reason and is as important to his team as any player in major college football but they will need him down the stretch… Just sayin be careful rushing the kid back. Not a buckeye fan but as a redskins fan believe me when I say that knee injuries should be checked and double checked before a guy is cleared to play!

  3. irishdodger says: Sep 10, 2013 11:42 PM

    Like it matters…..Northwestern destroyed Cal.

  4. crazycane says: Sep 11, 2013 7:25 AM

    They could have their 4th string QB in and wouldn’t matter since they play the 2nd most pathetic schedule (Louisville takes the CUPcake) and BARELY get by with that.

  5. prinoftide says: Sep 11, 2013 8:24 AM

    Urban LIAR at it again…this guy is such a creep!

  6. mikebrownmustdie says: Sep 11, 2013 8:36 AM

    >>> Urban LIAR at it again…this guy is such a creep! <<<

    well thought out, relevant reply…

  7. palmbeachbuckeye says: Sep 11, 2013 9:28 AM

    “Enough talk about the overrated Buckeyes. Play somebody good,instead of the usual cupcakes.”

    Dear Mr. Spunhead: The first game was supposed to be vs and SEC team–Vandy. They cancelled the game late last season (via mail and with no warning) and left the Buckeyes in a huge bind. Buffalo had an open date, so the game was signed. The Cal home/home was scheduled years ago when they were pretty good. Florida and most of the SEC dont leave their home state for Non Conference games and Bama and LSU will only do neutral site games. OSU has tried to schedule both of them to a Home/Home but neither will agree to it.

  8. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 11, 2013 10:24 AM

    palmbeachbuckeyes just OWNED you.


  9. crazycane says: Sep 11, 2013 10:46 AM

    Vandy cancelled on you? WHOA. Man, the powerhouse that is known as Vandy would’ve really helped your cause for not playing cupcakes. And unless I read that OSU tried to schedule someone it’s all just stuff made up by you.

    Lastly, The Myth has ZERO background or track records on playing difficult OOC games. So I have a difficult time believing that he tried to schedule all those teams.

  10. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Crazycane… Sounds like a Miami u fan crying. Didn’t we SPANK your worthless school… TWICE??


  11. palmbeachbuckeye says: Sep 11, 2013 11:46 AM

    @Crazycane– OSU has tried to schedule the SEC to a home/home for a long time. None of the top tier teams will do it out of fear of actually losing to a legit team. (true whether you believe it or not). Vandy was the only one to accept and then cancel at the last minute. Bama and LSU will play netural site games and that is commendable, but OSU doesnt want to lose the revenue from a home game. You can believe it or not, but the University has contacted Florida, LSU, and Bama about a home and home and the answer was no thanks. The Pac 10, Big 12, and ACC are all more than Willing and you can look up the future series with VaTech, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, Oregon, and Boston College.

  12. crazycane says: Sep 11, 2013 11:47 AM

    Last time they played Miami won but good job and nice effort.

    And nice job on trying to re-direct from the topic that Meyers doesn’t schedule anyone

  13. cbass59 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:04 PM

    Cal was good when the series was scheduled. Remember when Aaron Rodgers played there? So was Va Tech (next 2 years). Oklahoma is scheduled for 2016 and 2017.

    When is the last time UGA, UF, LSU, Bama, Auburn, or even FSU scheduled a non-conf series north of the Mason-Dixon line? We play bowl games in their back yards. Is it too cold in September for them?

  14. cbass59 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:07 PM

    I also forgot TCU….

    But it is funny that you think Urban scheduled any of these games. They were all scheduled before he was coach, except for Buffalo, hitch was a last minute pick up.

  15. granadafan says: Sep 11, 2013 4:59 PM

    irishdodger says:
    Sep 10, 2013 11:42 PM
    Like it matters…..Northwestern destroyed Cal.

    Clearly you didn’t see the game. The 14 point differential was due to two freak tipped passes returned for a pick 6. Northwestern resorted to pathetic faking of injuries to keep up with a true freshman at QB.

  16. adamsa79 says: Sep 11, 2013 5:51 PM

    Why are there so many trolling OSU haters? If your Coach isn’t Nick Saben all of you would love to have Urban Meyer as the coach of your program. Most of you are Fans of wack assssssss programs or just because you have a SEC school that’s not Alabama in your back yard, you have some kind of skewed since of football entitlement. In reality there are Truly a few programs out there with the history, prestige and money of Ohio State…

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