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Heisman watch 2012: Braxton Miller on outside looking in despite perfect year

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is fifth in ESPN's Heisman watch despite leading his Buckeyes to a perfect season.

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The Ohio State Buckeyes finished off their perfect season on Saturday with a 26-21 win against the Michigan Wolverines, but quarterback Braxton Miller is still on the outside looking in as far as the Heisman Trophy race is concerned.

On Saturday, Miller didn't hurt his case for the Heisman trophy. He completed 14-of-18 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown while running for 57 more yards.

Miller's Buckeyes finished the year 12-0 behind his 2,039 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Miller hit 58 percent of his passes while adding 1,271 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the ground.

The lack of Heisman clout may have much to do with the Buckeyes' lack of a postseason.

ESPN currently puts the OSU quarterback fifth in its Heisman Watch. The Heisman Pundit ranks Miller fourth in college football, and CBS also has the Buckeye in the top 5 but Heisman watch list experts have Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at the top with Kansas State's Collin Klein in second or third. Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is also listed above Miller on most lists.

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