LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 8: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes slips through the Nebraska Cornhusker defense during their game at Memorial Stadium October 8, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Those of you (all of you) who were dreading an entire Ohio St. Buckeyes game similar to last week's latter stanzas against the Nebraska Cornhuskers may rest easy: Braxton Miller will be able to play against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Miller was knocked out against Nebraska due to a sprained right ankle. After his exit, Joe Bauserman proved unable to lead the Bucks anywhere, though he didn't get much help from an aggressive game plan that saw him firing the ball all over the field despite a multiple-touchdown lead.
While Miller's not 100 percent, he'll still be able to provide the undefeated Illini with a challenge. As our own Bill Connelly noted:
201: Yardage margin of the Nebraska-Ohio State game after OSU quarterback Braxton Miller was lost to an injured ankle in the third quarter. Ohio State led, 27-13, when Miller went down, having outgained Nebraska, 305-171. Then, Joe Bauserman replaced Miller and completed just one of 10 passes for 13 yards and an interception. After Miller left, Nebraska outgained OSU, 252-51, and ferociously stormed back to win, 34-27.