College Football: What the Braxton Miller Injury Means To Other Teams

The Ohio State Buckeye fan base is still in shock. The team lost their leader and one of the best players in the country when it was announced that quarterback Braxton Miller would be lost for the season. Ohio State confirmed earlier this week that Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder and will have to undergo surgery to repair it. The injury occurred during practice after making a short pass attempt, but the ramifications will be felt throughout the year.

What it means to Ohio State: Doom and gloom.  Grief, despair and panic.  These are just some of the emotions that are flooding through the Ohio State football community.  The oddsmakers instantly reacted to the news changing across odds the board.  Once considered favorites to win the national championship, the odds have drastically changed for the Buckeyes.  The odds to win the National Championship were originally at 12/1 but once the announcement was made that Miller was out for the season they fell as far as 50/1.

In the Big Ten, both Michigan State and Wisconsin leapfrogged the Buckeyes as the favorites to win the title.  The opening game of the season against Navy has been taken off the board and when it returns it will assuredly be less than the original point spread of 17.5 In short, the Buckeyes have a lot of work to do if they hope to return to the top of the college football world without Miller.

What it means to the Rest of the Big Ten: Michigan State and Wisconsin become the biggest benefactors as they are now the favorites to capture the Big Ten. This also closes the talent gap between Ohio State and their rival Michigan. Considering that Wolverines coach Brady Hoke could be playing for his job when the two teams meet at the end of the season, he will be looking for any edge that he could get.  In a weird sort of way it could also be bad news for the Spartans.  A win over the Buckeyes on November 8th would have boosted their resume but now it could be considered a less impressive victory if Ohio State does not have a good season.

What it means to Potential Playoff Teams: The Buckeyes were a contender for the new college football playoff system.  This could easily open the door for other teams to make the playoffs.  If Florida State has a loss or if a Pac-12 team that is desperately looking for respect wanted into the playoffs with one loss (or more) that door is now open.  Unfortunately, this could also open the door for a second SEC team to join the playoffs.

This injury is a big loss for the Buckeyes and a big loss for all college football fans who want to see the best talent on the field competing for a National Championship.

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