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Ohio State Buckeyes Set to Take on Colorado Buffaloes in Braxton Miller's First Start

Ohio State is looking to rebound after a disappointing loss to the Miami Hurricanes last week in which pretty much every glaring weakness on the team was exposed.

Head coach Luke Fickell felt he had seen enough of senior quarterback Joe Bauserman and decided to hand the reins over to freshman playmaker Braxton Miller, who had a great Spring but has been underwhelming in three games thus far in 2011.

Miller is the first OSU freshman to start at quarterback since Terrelle Pryor in 2008, who had been the starting quarterback up until this season obviously.

I fully expect the Buckeyes to try and pound the ball right at Colorado, who is one of the weaker teams in the Pac 12. Miller is going to need to be eased into his starting role and the Buckeyes have a solid stable of backs to be able to establish a solid ground game with guys like Carlos Hyde and even Braxton Miller from the quarterback position.

It will be interesting to see if Miller and the Buckeyes can continue to incorporate breakout tight end Jake Stoneburner into the offensive game plan. Stoneburner has caught only eight passes this season, but four have gone for touchdowns.

This is a big game for the Buckeyes, who really need a win heading into Big Ten play. Check back during the game for more updates.

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