The fallout from Braxton Miller’s injury is already happening for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Soon after the star quarterback was ruled out for the season on Tuesday, the Buckeyes continued to drop from the 12-1 odds to win the national championship. How far did they fall in a couple hours? According to Sportsline.com, they fell all the way to 50-1.
Even before Miller’s injury was declared season ending, the Buckeye’s dropped to 18-1 odds on Bovada. It’s natural to take a dip when a team loses a caliber like Braxton Miller, but the spreads now have Ohio State as a middle of the road Big 10 team.
Braxton Miller was one of the heavy favorites to win the Heisman, and he always put up huge numbers for the Buckeyes. In 2013, he threw for 24 touchdowns and seven assists. Miller also completed 63.5% of his passes, while going over 2000 yards through the air.
Braxton Miller also rushed over 1000 yards for the second consecutive season with the Buckeyes. He finished with 12 touchdowns last season. If Miller doesn’t play for Ohio State again, he’ll be stuck on 32 career rushing touchdowns.
These Ohio State Buckeyes also lost Carlos Hyde in the backfield. There’s no question that 2014 should have a culmination of all his hard work, but he’ll have a chance to prove himself next season.
The Buckeyes come into the season No. 5 in the AP poll, but they could drop very quickly. With J.T. Barrett replacing Miller as the quarterback, Ohio State has plenty of talented youth on the offensive side of the ball.
With Urban Meyer at the helm, Ohio State should have plenty of opportunities to prove their team is worthy of the top 10 ranking. They begin the season against Navy on Aug. 30, then they face Virginia Tech in the beginning of September. The only ranked team on Ohio State’s schedule is Michigan State. They face the Spartans on the road in November.