Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said today that quarterback Braxton Miller remains on course to start Saturday night's showdown against No. 23 Wisconsin.
"Braxton is ready," he said on his weekly radio call-in show. "We're going to start Braxton if he has a good day of practice today."
Meyer said Miller, who sat the past two games with a sprained knee ligament, has taken most of the first-team reps in practice this week and called the junior star "close to or at 100 percent." As for whether the Buckeyes plan to mix in backup and two-time reigning Big Ten offensive player of the week Kenny Guiton, the coach sounded torn.
"That's tough," he said Wednesday. "I've had experience playing two quarterbacks in 2006 [at Florida with Chris Leak and Tim Tebow]. What do you do when a guy gets a hot hand? Or if he doesn't get a hot hand, when does he go back in? That's a decision I can only make by myself."
My take: You have to ride Miller. As was bandied about in today's End Zone, even the hint of a two-quarterback system could erode his confidence. Miller is the unsurpassed dual threat who last season led OSU to perfection and finished fifth in the Heisman vote. If he is healthy, a slow start Saturday night can't mean a quick hook.
NEW LOOK: Meyer also confirmed the Buckeyes will break out their alternate rivalry threads — the jerseys they wore against Michigan last year — Saturday night.
Needless to say, the team's sartorial leaders are pleased.
"Anytime you get a chance to wear different uniform, it's like, cool, yeah, we're going to go out and kill them," cornerback Bradley Roby said. "I don't know, there's something about wearing different uniform that makes you play a little bit better."
Here's the look: