If Cal is going to reverse nearly 93 years of history against No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday, its defense will have to shoulder its share of the assignment.
The Bears’ defense has allowed more than 500 yards in each of its first two games and has been particularly susceptible to the big play. And that is exactly what the Buckeyes (2-0) and quarterback Braxton Miller can spring at any moment.
“You get out of your gap for a second, he takes off,” first-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes said of Miller, the preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, who has totaled nearly 5,500 yards passing and running in two-plus seasons.
Miller is identified as a game-time decision by OSU coach Urban Meyer after spraining a knee ligament a week ago. Dykes expects him to play, but said Ohio State will be a handful either way.
“It’s a very, very good offensive team, one of the best in the country,” he said.
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