In 2013, on third down, out of 100 eligible QBs, Braxton Miller was ranked 92nd in QB passer rating. In completion percentage? Doesn't even make the top 99. 50.8 percent completion on third down.
That's just third down overall. On third and 10+ (the same situation Barrett hits Devin Smith for a 34 yard TD), Miller is 82nd passer rating and not even in the top 100 in completion percentage. For context, Jameis Winston led the nation in passer rating in those situations and was third in completion percentage.
So when I say "I don't think Miller could make that throw", I'm saying, Miller has limitations in the passing game. And I think those limitations have been part of tOSU's problem in winning big games. Against the best competition, there comes a moment where the QB simply has to complete a pass, without the run game creating a passing lane, without dancing around. A pass where you have to know where the defense will be and where your receivers will be and probably with the rush bearing down on you. It's those handful of situations that I think Miller hasn't been successful in at a high enough clip.