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Michigan vs. Ohio State: Braxton Miller tries to cap impressive 2012 season

Ohio State sophomore Braxton Miller is among a handful of Heisman hopefuls, and could play his way into the discussion with a strong game against Michigan.

Mike McGinnis

With a wide open field of contenders for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, Ohio State sophomore Braxton Miller could very well punch his ticket to New York City on Saturday afternoon against the Michigan Wolverines.

Miller's regular season numbers do not jump off the page quite like those of Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel or Kansas State's Collin Klein, but the second-year quarterback remains the unquestioned leader of one of college football's two undefeated teams. Despite his team being unable to play in a conference championship game, Miller also could stand to benefit from a wild Week 12 across the sport where a number of contenders including Klein put forth sub-par performances.

The Buckeyes were unable to take down Michigan last year in Miller's first season under center, but the youngster still managed to rack up 335 total yards and three scores in the loss. And coming off a lackluster game against Wisconsin the previous week, many Buckeyes, including offensive lineman Reid Fragel, are fully confident Miller will bounce back in a big way.

"He'll be ready," Fragel told The Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises. "This is 'The Game.'"

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