Two axioms about football will stick with me until my final kickoff: 1. The most important people in any football organization are the head coach and the starting quarterback ... and not necessarily in that order. 2. Football is the greatest team game of all — with more moving parts that must work in concert — except for one position: quarterback. An elite player at that spot can perform well enough when things go wrong to win the two or three tossup games needed to claim a championship.
Those generally recognized truths apparently are why Ohio State, with junior Braxton Miller at quarterback, is the runaway favorite to win the Big Ten title.