- Austin Ward, ESPN Staff Writer
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.
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.
Small change: Miami didn't allow the Buckeyes to trot out their base defense much, but that might have been a positive for coordinator Luke Fickell as he looked for improved play and depth in the secondary. Bradley Roby and Travis Howard proved capable of locking down receivers and creating turnovers at cornerback, which appears like it will allow Ohio State to mix and match with the other three spots depending on what they're trying to accomplish when they go to a nickel package.
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