When the Colorado Buffaloes take the field against the Ohio St. Buckeyes at the Horseshoe this Saturday afternoon there will be a new quarterback under center during the first snap for the home team. Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell announced on Thursday that true freshman Braxton Miller will be the starter over Joe Bauserman.
This won't be Miller's first game action, as he has played in two of the Buckeyes' three games. It appears that this time the two will just reverse their roles. Bauserman will get some playing time, but that depends on how well Miller does.
Bauserman has been decent in three games, but following the 24-6 loss to Miami there apparently needed to be a change. He threw three touchdowns in the opening 42-0 win over Akron, but then he and the Buckeyes barely escaped Toledo the next week. The bottom fell completely out against the Hurricanes, as had just two completions and 13 passing yards.
Miller went 8-of-12 for 130 yards and one touchdown against the Zips before not playing in the Toledo game. He received a few plays against Miami and threw an interception. However, Miller is in the mold of former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor and could provide a spark for an offense that has hit a rough patch.
For more on this game, visit our Colorado blog The Ralphie Report and our Ohio State blog Along The Olentangy.