It wasn’t supposed to be like this at Ohio State. Not this year, at least.
Ravaged with a draconian (depending on whom you ask) punishment following the improper benefits scandal of 2011, Ohio State received, among a number of other sanctions, a one-year ban from postseason play.
In turn, this season was supposed to be a forgettable one in Columbus––a transition year where Urban Meyer could gradually implement his system without the weight of Rose Bowl-sized expectations. The Buckeyes were supposed to play out the year, stay competitive and prepare to make a serious run in 2013.
But then Braxton Miller happened.
Meyer’s presence was the catalyst, but on the field, Miller has single-handedly altered the course of Buckeyes history this season. The year that was supposed to be rote, banal and forgotten has suddenly became riveting, exciting and indelible. He gave the Buckeye fans reason to cheer, even without a postseason goal in sight.
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