Ohio State’s path to an undefeated regular season looks clear after being Wisconsin and Northwestern in back-to-back weeks, and survived as strong a 1-2 punch as the Big Ten has with a less-than-healthy quarterback.
Braxton Miller said Wednesday he wasn’t feeling 100 percent against Northwestern — he committed three turnovers in that game — and hasn’t felt right all season.
“I wasn’t fully myself throughout that whole game,” Miller said, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like. I just have to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and get back to my old ways.”
Granted, the week before, Miller completed 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed 22 times for 83 yards against Wisconsin. But he hasn’t looked like the dynamic, game-breaking player he proved to be in 2011 and 2012, and injuries seem to be somewhat to blame for that.
Ohio State’s final six regular season games would seem to be a cakewalk: vs. Iowa, vs. Penn State, at Purdue, at Illinois, vs. Indiana and at Michigan, with a likely berth in the Big Ten Championship following. But even if Miller is healthy coming off the bye, Ohio State’s chances of reaching the BCS Championship hinge on plenty of attrition, not just from the current undefeateds but some of the SEC’s one-loss teams (LSU and Texas A&M) as well.