Obviously it isn’t a weird cosmic connection where history repeats itself and Joe Bauserman is Todd Boeckman and Braxton Miller is Terrelle Pryor. On the surface it seems rather convenient that way, though. In 2008 the Buckeyes started Boeckman and played Pryor in the first two games of the season against Youngstown State and Ohio. Then, Ohio State got pasted 35-3 by USC out in California and the Buckeyes turned the team over to Terrelle Pryor. This season the Buckeyes under Luke Fickell started Joe Bauserman and brought Braxton Miller off the bench. Well, technically he forgot to bring Miller off the bench for game two. Then Ohio State played both QBs in Miami where they were pasted 24-6. Now, much like Tressel concluded after the third week in 2008, Fickell has concluded after the third week in 2011. Braxton Miller will start this week against Colorado like Terrelle Pryor did in 2008 against Troy.
Granted the history had an extra high chance of repeating itself just because of the way Ohio State schedules every year with a couple of warm-ups before presumably testing themselves against a tough out-of-conference opponent. And certainly Braxton Miller choosing Ohio State had a lot to do with the timing of Terrelle Pryor’s eligibility (the original eligibility, not post-controversy.) So it isn’t the most bizarre thing ever. Still, it is a bit eerie when you read Doug Lesmerises’ article from back in 2008. [Read more...]