If you subscribe to the easy path to the title, I like Wisconsin. They wont be as 'beaten' up as say an OSU/MSU/Michigan or makes it to the title game. No disrespect to Nebraska or Iowa, but lets face it, even a down Michigan team is a pick'em versus those two teams.
I think OSU without Braxton Miller is now on the same level as the best teams in the BIG, not below but at the same level. Now if, Braxton can not play at all(which is my assumption above), other teams might breath a sigh of relief now, but if someone like JT Barret starts improving and the O-line starts gelling, and a running back other than Rod Smith emerges... You have a new 'Oh CRAP' moment.. because you have 3 more years of that same unit running at you... And I literaly mean running at you.
The thing Braxton brings that I don't thing people appreciate enough is the 'Oh Crap' moment every defender has when they see him start to run. With Pryor, I always knew you would get a highlight 20-40 yard run. With Braxton, he legit can take it to the house at any moment(this is hyperbole, but its almost like a combo of Denard and Pryor). No other player in college football strikes that level of fear into a team. He is ridiculously understated. If his passing was better he would be impossible to defend.
Rooting for Braxton. I was just telling my buddy, how many times at Ohio State(or any other school) do you see a legit superstar who has stayed out of the media limelight as much as Braxton has. I don't know him personally, so maybe he is a jerk behind the scenes, but his public persona seems to be 'perfect', if there is such a thing. I kept telling some of my game watch buddies, I know Braxton has some issues in the passing game, but once he is gone, I have a feeling that is when people will really appreciate who is was.
With all that said, I would hate to run a 70% Braxton out onto the field, not really fair to him. I was never a huge storm klein fan, but we never really saw a healthy storm klein play, he deserved more credit for filling in that gap than I ever gave him. I just would not want to see something like with Braxton.
I am hoping my over reaction to the energy, means Braxton is fine, and we will just be developing some good reps for JT for next year at the beginning of the season.
I really hope this does not become like my Keith Byars injury( Ill never forget the day, someone came into my ECON class, and told us the news). Awful day, awful day. ... meta tarsal ... fifth... uhhh...