For the past two years Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson have been compared at every corner. It's hard not to. They are practically carbon copies of one another.
As Robinson's Big Ten career comes to a close with another loss to the Buckeyes, it's clear that Miller is the better quarterback.
First there's the issue of winning. Ultimately, quarterbacks are judged by the win column. Unlike most other positions where personal stats seem to trump their team's record the quarterback is held responsible for that final score at the end of the game.
In four years, Robinson notched one victory in the rivalry. It only took Miller two years to get that first win.
Going back to the 2011 game, it was clear that Miller was on the same ground as Robinson. Despite a much better season from Michigan, Miller stepped up and led an extremely young Buckeyes team to a near upset over their bitter rivals. The much higher-ranked Wolverines nearly lost to Ohio State, 40-34.
With the 2012 victory, Miller showed true growth as a passer. The kind of growth that has evaded Robinson in his career at Michigan. Miller, a sophomore, was extremely efficient going 14-of-18 for 189 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
Robinson against Ohio State as a sophomore? 8-of-18 for 87 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
While both players have the exceptional athletic ability in the running game, Miller has progressed much quicker as a passer.
It was Miller's calculated ability to guide the Buckeyes down the field in small chunks that allowed the Buckeyes to control the clock. The Buckeyes held the ball for 35 minutes as Robinson's Wolverines were forced to sit on the sideline and watch.
Miller's supremacy to Robinson goes beyond just this game. After all, Robinson was unable to play quarterback in his final game against the Buckeyes so it's hard to look at just one head to head matchup.
Miller's resume proves that he is better, too.
After a freshman season at Ohio State that went down as one of the worst in Columbus since the beginning of the Jim Tressel era, Miller rebounded in a big way in 2012, leading his team to an undefeated season.
While Robinson is a great leader, the best mark he's ever lead the Wolverines to was an 11-2 mark as a junior.
Robinson did lead his team to a BCS victory, but there's still plenty of time for Miller to make a BCS run of his own.
The Buckeyes will return almost every important player from this undefeated team—including Miller. If he can continue to transform into a clutch passer when it matters most for the Buckeyes, they'll be tough to top in the Big Ten conference until he leaves.
While Robinson has put together a great career at Michigan, his legacy falls just short of Miller's thanks to a 1-3 record against the Buckeyes and the meteoric rise of his Ohio State counterpart.
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