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Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:09 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 3:49 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the race to replace departed quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State has had four possible candidates emerge: Senior Joe Bauserman (pictured at right), sophomore Kenny Guiton, redshirt freshman Taylor Graham, and true freshman Braxton Miller. Each have their own considerable strengths and drawbacks, but the sense in the spring was that all four had a chance to compete for the role.

[READ MORE: Ohio State's four quarterbacks

Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the race has worked itself out to an extent, and two quarterbacks -- Bauserman and Miller -- have emerged as the top two quarterbacks in the mix. This isn't much of a departure from the consensus opinion from this spring; Bauserman's got far more time in the program than anybody else, and of the younger players, Miller's by far the most physically talented. 

Since two's an easier number to pick between than four, this means we're closer to getting a starting quarterback designation from head coach Luke Fickell, right? Well, via the Buckeye RapidReports... no:

QBs Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller are listed as co-No. 1 on the depth chart released Monday afternoon before the opener Saturday against Akron. Coach Luke Fickell has not said how long he’ll wait to designate a starter.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as Ohio State used the tandem of Stanley Jackson and Joe Germaine back in 1996 to considerable success; those Buckeyes went 11-1, beating Arizona State in the Rose Bowl and finishing second in the nation.

Moreover, there's hardly permanence to a Week 1 status when it comes to quarterback races. In all likelihood, this race will sort itself out on the field over the next month or so, and if it doesn't lead to a starter by then, then OSU's probably better off going with a platoon instead.


Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 11:01 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

Evertthing in Michigan smells like despair, a crumbling inrastructure, and unemployment. It really has to suck that Michigan State is now the premier football program in your state. What's equally funny is that you continue to hire head coaches from Ohio and your best players come from Ohio. For the sake of the Big Ten let's hope your new coach (who has a losing record) can make your program relevant once more. 

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:59 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener? respect. One of the top all-time programs and one of the few schools who schedules marquis, non-conference matchups. It's true, no other power house programs schedules patsies. Let's ignore the past and OSU's prior non-con schedules: UCLA, Texas, Southern Cal, Washington, Miami, West Virginia, Missouri, the future they have OKlahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, etc. 

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:32 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

they use 2 QB's every year in the first couple games.....NON STORY

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:19 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

This otta rattle some balls, if any one in the SEC has any!!

Since 1992; when that greatest conference of all conferences was deceived (like most from the south, out of wed-lock or to a sister), here is the list of who played the most out of conference ranked teams in the first month of the season (when most teams are trying to figure who their starters will be).

 I’m not using Notre Dame as they only play OOC games, they did play 29 and won 42% of em’ and would be  #1.

 Major Conference teams only

 1) UCLA; 24 times won 58%

2) Colorado: 23 times won 52%

3) Washington: 21 times won 38%

4T) Yea!! The Ohio State Buckeyes: 20 times won 70%

4T) scUM (Michigan): 20 times won 53%

6) USC: 17 times won 53%

 You have to go too tied for #25, before you find the first SEC team, and there are five Big-Ten teams in front of them and Northwestern is tied with that crappy school.

25T) LSU: 9 times won 44%, yea they do play one this season.

35T) Alabama: 7 times won 43%

Out of major conference schools the bottom seven are all SEC teams:

58T) Auburn: 3 times won 0%, Oh!! They’re tied with Vandy who won 0%, Georgia who won 67% (and play one this year also) and yea the last Big-Ten team Indiana who won 33%.

63T) Mighty South Carolina: 2 times won 50%

63T) Florida: 2 times won 0%, Florida always does play either FSU or Miami but at seasons end.

65T) Ole Miss: 1 time won 0%

65T) Miss State: 1 time won 0%.

Go figure!!!

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:42 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

2 QB sysyem is terrible. Give your team leadership. Pick 1 QB and stick with it. Anytime I hear or see something that is related to John Cooper I start to cringe.... 

I can see letting them both play in this easy opener..but then you must pick a QB after the game.

Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 6:42 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

While you're at it, how about criticizing Alabama for opening with Kent St, Florida vs Florida Atlantic(2nd game is against that football powerhouse UAB), and Auburn vs Utah St. And these are just a couple I looked at quickly while getting ready for work. This OOC schedule argument is getting very old.

OSU has always scheduled 1 or 2 in-state games to help out schools. Their other OOC game is generally schedule several years earlier, so there's no way of knowing how they will turn out. It's no different than most other teams.  

If you're going to dump on OSU, at least do it regarding the mess they got themselves in.  At least it's a valid point.


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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 6:15 am
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:51 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

Tie? Please go away.  And its nothing like Pryor's situation. Boeckman was the starter and he wasnt getting it done vs USC on the road. Pryor came in and played some with an injured Beanie Wells who didnt play that game. Braxton Miller is the real deal and once he learns the whole playbook, there will be no controversy.

Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:45 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

Do be a OHIO hater just because we have beaten Michigan 8 out of the last 10 games with 1 tie!!! Michigan's record 1-8-1..not bad??

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:44 am

Ohio State to use two quarterbacks in opener?

Ah yes, back to the old John Cooper dual quarterback systems OSU always ran while the playing field was even.  Unfortunately, I'm talking about the recruiting playing field only, because once the players hit the field, that one was never fair.  GO BLUE!  Everything about Ohio smells like farm animal feces.

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