PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I think his #'s will drop off a little during Big Ten play.
I was thinking so too, but honestly what team in the B1G will we play who is better than Cal or UCF. I think that's a legit question. Maybe Michigan State? Purdue's D-line? The B1G is dreadful this year. Probably the worst I've ever seen.
Braxton accounted for 5 total TD's last week and the team only scored in the 30's. He missed out on a few TD's against Miami because of the cramping issue. I think against a team like UAB, we should expect him to get at least those 5 total TD's again. That puts him at 17 for the year if he does. If he averages 3 total TD's per game in B1G play that would put him up to 41 TD's. He gets over 40 total TD's hell get votes.
With the horrible defenses he'll face in conference, there's a really good shot he'll hit that 3 total TD per game average, especially as he develops as a passer. His rushing TD's may decrease as RB's improve and get healthy but even at that, a lot of Braxton's rushing TD's come on 20+ yard runs, he's always going to be a threat to break those kinds of runs off.
I agree that the competition coming up isn't murderers row, but every team willl be geaked and ready to give us their best shot. Sparty's D will e tough, Nebraska with Bo P's D, Purdue always brings it for the most part, and Michigan becaue it's a heated rivalry. As it gets colder and Braxton tires down I expect the numbers to drop, just a thought though.
His numbers will almost definitely drop off a bit, but on the flipside I can't imagine Geno Smith continuing his insane numbers either. They've been playing some cupcakes so far. Obviously the big12 isn't known for defensive struggles but you'd have to think Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, etc. have better D's than James Madison. I can't even think of anyone else who have been very impressive so far...
I expect his rushing yards to probably not continue at the pace they are though, I'm thinking 1100-1200 rushing yards for the season instead of the 1500 he's on pace for.
Any truth to the rumor that Matt Bianchi's ballot was marked
"Anyone but Braxton Miller" ?
That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw that he was a "voter" in this straw poll.
If he keeps putting up these excellent numbers, he'll be in the discussion at least in a Denard kind of way. The key is winning games, though - the idea that it's not just about his individual numbers, but how they influence the team. He has to not just have big numbers, but come through in big games (MSU, Nebraska, TSUN come to mind) and lead the Buckeyes to big things - like conference crowns and big BCS bowls. Why do you think Denard has never been a Heisman finalist, despite his ridiculous numbers? He has never won any kind of conference title, and TSUN's worthiness of a BCS bowl bid last year was questionable at best.
Unfortunately, being banned from the postseason only hurts Braxton's chances. He won't get to showcase his talents in the B1G championship game even if OSU wins the Leaders, meaning he can't lead OSU to a B1G championship and a bigtime BCS bowl. I tend to think he has a more realistic shot at winning the Heisman next year, when OSU can do big things if they get it done in the regular season. Maybe if OSU goes 12-0 this year, he'll have a chance - the idea that he and the Buckeyes did everything they could do, but only NCAA circumstances prevented them from playing bigtime postseason football.
I'm not saying he doesn't deserve it, and I'd love to see Braxton win it this year AND next year, to become the 2nd two-time Heisman winner ever, with both being from OSU. I'm just not getting my hopes up yet until I see what this team does and how the overall season shakes out.
Class of 2010.
Denard had gawdy rushing yards numbers, but the most TD's he ever had combined was 37. He had 20 passing TD's with 15 picks, and 17 rushing. Those aren't exactly Heisman numbers for a QB. RGIII had 37 passing and 10 Rushing last year. Cam Newton had 30 passing and 20 Rushing his Heisman year. Bradford had 50 passing and 5 rushing his Heisman Year. Tebow had something along the lines of 55 total TD's as well.
Recent history says if a QB gets at or near 50TD's total he'll win the Heisman. I think Braxton will end up in the 40's, which would get him in an invite to New York as a finalist.
Unless he plays for Texas Tech, Houston or Hawaii and then he won't even get invited to NYC.
Hawaii's Qb, Colt Brennan, was invited to New York in 2007. I think he finished 3rd in the voting behind the winner Time Tebow and runner-up Darren McFadden.
If an Ohio State player puts up those kind of numbers, he's getting invited.
I could see him getting invited, but I'm not sure he'd have a real chance at winning it unless OSU goes unbeaten. I'm no Heisman expert, so I could be wrong!
I just can't see them giving it to a guy whos team is on probation and won't play in a bowl game..no matter how great his stats and highlight reel is.
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