After a big win over Michigan this past Saturday, and of course “a bit” of help from Auburn, the Ohio State Buckeyes are in the driver’s seat for a slot in the BCS National Championship Game. However, they can’t look too far ahead, as they have to take care of business in the Big Ten Championship this weekend against a very good Michigan State team.
One reason that Ohio State likes its chances against the Spartans? Quarterback Braxton Miller, who has effectively led the team all season. In fact, Urban Meyer gave Miller some high praise in today’s press conference:
Meyer on Braxton’s Heisman chances: “I think he has to prove it. This is a great opportunity for him. I think he’s Heisman worthy.”
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 2, 2013
While many would shudder at the thought of Miller being a Heisman candidate because his numbers pale in comparison to those of many other quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, and even NIU’s Jordan Lynch come to mind), he has kept his team unscathed and has always made the plays he’s needed to in order to get the job done. Meyer also pointed out that he’s been around another Heisman-winning quarterback — Tim Tebow — and he thinks Miller is in the same conversation:
“I’ve been around a Heisman Trophy quarterback and I think Braxton’s in that conversation.” – Urban Meyer
— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) December 2, 2013
I’m not even sure that Miller is going to be invited to New York City for the Heisman ceremony (at least as of right now), but if Meyer keeps campaigning hard for him, he may have a shot. At the very least, Miller needs to have a monster performance against MSU’s great defense to prove to voters that his head coach has a point.