As Big Ten programs continue to flounder, the Ohio State Buckeyes shouldn’t see a big of a drop off in victories, despite reports that Braxton Miller is facing a season-ending shoulder injury and will be replaced by redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, according to ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd.
Cowherd addressed the Buckeyes’ quarterback problem Tuesday morning, and said that coach Urban Meyer will have Barrett ready to win.
“…Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, Alex Smith, Braxton Miller have never been better than under Urban Meyer in college. so he’ll make this redshirt freshman good enough to beat everybody except Michigan State…The Big Ten is so bad right now.
Cowherd then cited a soft schedule, which includes non-conference games against Navy, Virginia Tech, Kent State and Cincinnati. That also includes a conference schedule that includes just one really scary opponent in the Spartans. While the Michigan game could always go either way, it looks like the Wolverines will flounder some this season.
The only thing Miller’s injury changes is Ohio State’s odds to make the college football playoff and to play for a national title. Questions surrounding the defense meant a national championship appearance–even with Miller–wasn’t a lock, as Bovada listed the Buckeyes odds to win the whole she-bang as 10-1.
With the reports of Miller’s shoulder, those odds are now 18-1.
Barrett redshirted last season after tearing his ACL as a senior in high school. He hasn’t played an entire season since his junior year.rated as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country in 2013 by 247Sports and was a four star prospect out of Rider High School.