Can the Buckeyes win it all?

Or is OSU just cruising through a weak Big Ten? Plus, hot draft prospects

Updated: October 7, 2013, 8:52 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay | ESPN Insider

Braxton Miller Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesBraxton Miller and Ohio State gutted out a win at Northwestern on Saturday.

Each week during the college football season, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay kick off the week by settling a debate, and then look at emerging NFL prospects and peek ahead to next week.

The discussion: Is Ohio State good enough to win it all, or are the Buckeyes just benefiting from a weak Big Ten?

Todd McShay: When Braxton Miller is at his best, Ohio State is good enough to play with any team in the country in a one-game setting. The special teams are solid, the defense has room to improve but is good enough and the offense is so much further along than it was last season. There are four seniors on a very physical offensive line and there is great skill-position talent in freshman home run threat Dontre Wilson, WRs Devin Smith and Corey Brown and powerful RB Carlos Hyde, who is a perfect fit for this offense (which is a much more physical attack than it gets credit for, because it also incorporates up-tempo and spread philosophies).

Simply put, when this unit is at its best it is one of the most effective offenses in the country. But while Miller has shown some major improvement at times this season, he still has enough moments of inconsistency to leave Buckeyes fans concerned.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

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