Braxton Miller is a beast. Probably a very tired beast.
Against the University of Central Florida, Miller did a little bit of everything…and a lot of rushing. Miller was competent through the air, completing 18 of 24 passes for 155 yards with a touchdown, but on the ground he was spectacular, rushing for 141 yards and three scores.
The running backs at Ohio State combined for 24 rushing attempts and 115 yards, but Miller attempted 27 rushes (a week after Urban Meyer told the media that Miller’s 17 rushes the week prior were too many).
LSU stud running back Kenny Hilliard hasn’t had his number called 27 times all year!
Miller looks fantastic so far this season (against suspect competition) but the main question that arises is whether he can handle this workload through out the Big Ten conference slate.
Another Big Ten quarterback, Denard Robinson, had a breakout beginning to a season a couple years ago but was hampered by minor injuries and shake-ups due to the hits he was taking from running the ball. Miller could learn a thing or two from his chief rival.
Speaking of the Wolverines, their defense will be ready for a talent like Miller after practicing against ‘Shoelace’ all season. Denard might have to serve as the scout team quarterback that week.
Miller wasn’t the only quarter back who found the end zone three times on the ground. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein also scored three times but did it in a far more workmanlike fashion (22 carries 71 yards). Klein and the Wildcats have quietly averaged 51.5 points through the first two games and, with North Texas coming to Manhattan on Saturday, expect that number to rise.
–The jury is still out on the strength of Pac-12 but week two sure helped the quiet the naysayers. Week three sends Cal to Ohio State and Utah has to face BYU.
– Apropos of the previous quick hit, Sacramento State is 2-0 against the Pac-12 in the last two years.
–Michigan State is the Big Ten’s last realistic hope for national championship representation. The only other undefeated (bowl eligible) teams in the Big Ten? Northwestern, Indiana and Minnesota.
–Munchie Legaux is a lot of fun to watch (and say) but his name makes me wish he played at LSU.
– San Diego State was back to kicking extra points and punting the ball against Army. The one game experiment went poorly for the Aztecs in week one when they failed two two-point conversions and were stuffed on a fourth down.
–Matt Barkley tied his own school record of six touchdown passes but had somewhat of an off week in a game that was delayed for nearly an hour due to weather.
–Pittsburgh is in trouble. The Panthers suffered two ugly losses, they are shoddy in all three phases and this week they welcome in Virginia Tech. (Gardner Webb is the week four opponent).
–Two quarterbacks have thrown for over 790 yards this season. Both of them are 0-2 (Ryan Nassib of Syracuse and David Piland of Houston)
–The Big East announced that a name change might be nigh in the near future and then said that the name is staying. San Diego State will be in the Big EAST next season.
–A wide receiver from Clemson named Sammy Watkins returns from a two game suspension this week and the Furman Paladins are not happy to hear this.
–Brett Hundley is really exciting to watch.