Miller or Guiton; Buckeyes Ready For Cal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio —  When Ohio State (2-0) brings their high powered, scarlet & grey road show to the west coast and pitting at Berkeley to collide with California (1-1), as usual, all eyes will be fixed under center for the Buckeyes.

Specifically, the left knee of their multi-talented, all everything signal caller Braxton Miller.

As of Saturday morning, Miller’s status remains a mystery.  All that is known is that Miller will be uniform and sporting a brace on his knee come kickoff time.

Urban Meyer has been optimistic as the week went along when commenting on his condition.

The Ohio Stadium faithful were stunned last Saturday when Miller went down with the injury early in the first quarter, after he was tackled in the middle of the field, en route to their 42-7 thumping of San Diego State.

Super sub Kenny Guiton filled in and did what he usually does; win.  The Buckeyes offense did not skip a beat.

He finished going 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards and added another 83 yards on the ground, both career bests,  while accounting for three touchdowns.

The senior back-up electrified the crowd by hooking up with Philly Brown on a 27-yard pass in the first quarter and then keeping it himself and hitting pay dirt from 44 yards mid-way through the second.

Ohio State will return home next weekend to host Florida A&M, before opening up the Big10 portion of their schedule in two weeks when Wisconsin comes to town.

Cal is playing their home game of the year. The Bears are coming off a 37-30 win against Portland State seven days ago. They opened up their season by being blasted by Northwestern 44-30.

First year head coach Sonny Dykes’ team is able to put eye-popping numbers. A week ago, his quarterback, Jared Goff went 33-51 for 485 yards and tossing a pair of touchdown passes.

The Bears lead the nation in passing yardage. They’ve averaged 472.5 yards in their first two games.

Cal hung tough with the Buckeyes last year in Columbus. They racked up more than 500 yards of total offense in their tilt.

Ohio State needed the heroics of Miller to secure the win.  He found Devin Smith on a 72-yard scoring strike with under 4:00 minutes to go in the game to ultimately give the Buckeyes a 35-28 victory.

This is Ohio State’s first trip to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley since October 7, 1972.

You can catch all the action tonight on FOX 8.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.  P.J. Zeigler will have full highlights and reaction tonight on FOX 8 News at 10 p.m. after the game.