Cal in the rearview, Florida A&M in the crosshairs…
- Smooth Moves- Braxton Miller’s sprained MCL proved to be bothersome enough for Saturday’s matchup against Cal that Urban Meyer gave Kenny Guiton the nod to start at QB. Someone tell Kenny Guiton that he is the back up, because he’s certainly playing like QB1. He knows the offense inside and out, reads defenses like a book, distributes the ball with mathematical precision, is a captain and carried his team to victory for the second week in a row. Named the Walter Camp player of the week, Guiton went 21 for 32 passing, threw 4 touchdown passes including a 90 yard soul crushing bomb to Devin Smith, and rushed for a whopping 92 yards.
- Not So Fast My Friend- OK Guiton was magical, wizard status magical but Braxton Miller is the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Football Buckeyes for a reason…several reasons.
- Captain, My Captain: Braxton’s scrambling ability and speed alone would land him the starting spot under Meyer’s offense. But Braxton’s development as a pocket passer and his ability to read a defense has dramatically improved since last season. In Meyer’s press conference Monday, he mentioned that the staff was going to have a conversation about a possible two quarterback look going forward. I doubt a two quarterback situation will ever come into fruition with Braxton Miller in the fold.
Pick Your Poison
I understand Urban Meyer is a gamer and is possibly just giving opponents another wrinkle to prepare for. I also understand that Urban is familiar with running a two quarterback system at Florida with Chris Leak and Tim Tebow but my personal belief is that a two quarterback system is only run when neither quarterback possesses the complete and necessary skill set to fit into an existing offense. Yes Braxton can scramble better than Guiton but Braxton should not be overlooked as a pocket passer. Miller will most likely start this Saturday against FAMU as he should.
- Yeah, But Still- Kenny G was awarded the B1G’s Offensive Player Of The Week. Not too shabby.
- Tough Standards: True Freshman Joey Bosa attained the coveted Defensive player of the week award for the team yet Ryan Shazier was the awarded the Big Ten Defensive player of the week. According to Meyer during his press conference Monday, Ryan Shazier did not grade out as a champion due to a multitude of missed tackles. Shazier did manage to rack up a team high 12 tackles versus Cal.
Welcome Back, Guapo
Nowhere To Hyde- The team that hung 600+ yards on the Golden Bears was missing an obvious cog in their machinery, but Guiton took care of business. The other “missing piece” will be returning against FAMU, as Carlos Hyde is reinstated for play starting this week. A crowded backfield gets more crowded; defensive coordinators will need to chose their poison with Hall, Hyde, and Wilson as weapons moving forward.
- A Wash- Adolphus Washington will probably miss Saturday’s game against FAMU; they want to be cautious and make sure he’s ready for B1G Play.
- TV Time- Bucks. Badgers. 8:00 pm. Whoo.
- Buckeye Nation Kudos- All of the coaches and players interviewed on Monday stated that the atmosphere created in Berkeley was a special thing, and showed how loyal Ohio State fans are. Cal players also commented, via twitter, that having a home game seem like a road trip was “unacceptable”.