Awards watch: Miller up for another
July, 18, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
The season is finally getting closer. The release of preseason watch lists for the major college football awards confirms it, and with a full week of candidates already announced and more to come, BuckeyeNation will break them all down to see which Ohio State representatives have a shot at bringing home some hardware.
DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD
DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD
- WHAT: Nation's best quarterback
- ON THE LIST: Ohio State starter Braxton Miller
- CREDENTIALS: After taking over the starting job early in his true freshman season, Miller went on to lead the Buckeyes in rushing while throwing for 1,159 yards and accounting for 20 total touchdowns. He heads into his sophomore campaign with higher expectations -- and an offense much more suited to his versatility.
- HEAD TO HEAD: Showcase opportunities against other signal-callers up for preseason consideration -- Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), Denard Robinson (Michigan), Nathan Scheelhaase (Illinois)
- ODDS: With no shortage of veteran quarterbacks in high-flying offenses this season and on the watch list for passers, making the cut for the finalists figures to be a tight squeeze. But if Miller puts up the kind of numbers he's expected to this season, he could be among a crowd of 16 semifinalists -- and put himself in position for a run at a few trophies next year.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State