Posted October 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
Unbeaten with a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate leading a high-powered offense, No. 7 Ohio State has appeared to re-establish itself as one of the nation's elite programs. Coach Urban Meyer, though, isn't sold quite yet. With the Buckeyes' defense struggling mightily, Saturday's matchup with a Purdue team that is scuffling offensively could help it get on track. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) hasn't had much trouble putting up points the last two weeks, beating then-No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Oct. 6 before a 52-49 win at Indiana last Saturday. Braxton Miller, who has looked Heisman-worthy much of the season, rushed for 186 yards versus the Cornhuskers and against the Hoosiers, accounted for 360 yards of total offense - including a 67-yard touchdown run and TD passes of 60 and 46 yards to Devin Smith. Miller enters the week, ranked seventh in the FBS in rushing yards per game at 130.3, and needs 88 yards to become the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for 1,000 in a season. ...
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