Sunday Buckeyes review: Pros and cons 

September, 2, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Breaking down the positives and a couple issues that need to be cleaned up after Ohio State rolled over Miami (Ohio) 56-10 on Saturday to open the season.

[+] EnlargeBraxton Miller
AP Photo/Jay LaPreteBraxton Miller showed his maturation as a quarterback in the Buckeyes' opening victory.
What worked

  • Miller time: The assumption was always that Braxton Miller would be a natural for the spread attack and the option rushing game that figures so prominently in coach Urban Meyer's version of the offense. Now there's evidence to support that notion, with the sophomore quarterback providing it with piles of yardage and explosive plays during his three quarters of play. His decisions aren't always perfect as a passer, but more often than not, he was reading the correct keys as a rusher and putting tremendous strain on the defense. The Buckeyes only figure to get tougher to defend when they add another speedy threat to go with him as a partner to the perimeter when Jordan Hall returns from his foot injury.
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