The Ohio State Buckeyes took the next step toward their ultimate goal of winning the national championship on Saturday with a dominant 42-7 win over the San Diego State Aztecs in Ohio Stadium.
Beating the Aztecs was expected. After all, they opened their season with a 40-19 loss to Eastern Illinois in Week 1. There won’t be a parade in the streets of Columbus for drubbing a subpar Mountain West team anytime soon.
That doesn’t mean we didn’t learn anything about this Ohio State team in its win, though. The college football season presents teams with 12 opportunities to get better or worse, and the Buckeyes made the most of this opportunity.
Here were the biggest takeaways as the Big 10 favorites continue to progress through the season.
The Buckeyes Are More Than Braxton Miller
When it comes to Ohio State, Braxton Miller gets all the headlines. That’s to be expected when you have a quarterback who threw for over 2,000 yards while rushing for 1,000 more.
However, this game showed that Ohio State is a dangerous squad even without its star signal-caller.
Miller was forced out of the game early in the first quarter as he strained his MCL, per Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
Although ESPN (via CBS Sports) reported that Miller could have returned to the game, Urban Meyer wisely chose to turn over the reins to senior Kenny Guiton.
He didn’t disappoint.
Guiton, whose late-game heroics against Purdue in 2012 allowed the Buckeyes to…