- Austin Ward, ESPN Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There wasn't much room for movement.
Ohio State did what it had to do against an overmatched opponent, and it got key contributions from all the usual suspects Saturday in the weekly power rankings in a 52-22 throttling of Illinois.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the top spots on offense and defense remain the same heading into the bye week, though there was a bit of shuffling deeper into the rankings. Thanks to this needed off week of recovery for the Buckeyes, those spots are safe for close to two weeks now until the trip to Wisconsin is in the books and the attention turns to The Game -- and a potential run at perfection.
No. 1: QB Braxton Miller
Last week: No. 1
Against Illinois: Challenged throughout the week to clean up some fundamental flaws with his throwing motion, the sophomore responded with one of his most efficient outings through the air as he carved up the Illini. If not for a couple of drops, Miller’s stats could have looked better while completing 12 of his 20 tosses for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns and adding 73 rushing yards and another score.