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Associated Press Modified: October 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm •  Published: October 23, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: Braxton Miller is practicing with Ohio State.

Also, Penn State is practicing for Braxton Miller.

First things first, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference that Miller is still not 100 percent after being injured late in the third quarter of Saturday's heart-pounding 29-22 overtime win over Purdue.

"He's real sore, his neck, but he's good to go for practice," Meyer said. "Obviously, there's no contact anyway on him."

Meyer said he saw him earlier in the day and he seemed OK.

"I've seen him this morning work out," he said. "Once again, he passed all his tests and everything (Saturday). He's good to go for practice. There'll be no contact. Our biggest concern is just how sore he is."

A team spokesman said on Tuesday night that Miller had worked out with the starting offense and the only problem he had was soreness.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said the Nittany Lions were preparing as if Miller would play.

"We're preparing for Braxton Miller," he said. "He's an excellent player, one of the top players in the country. He does everything well. He can run, he can throw, he's instinctive and he runs Urban's offense very well. At the end of the day, that's the guy that we have to prepare for."

That doesn't mean the Lions aren't also wary of Kenny Guiton, who came on in relief of Miller and led the Buckeyes 61 yards in 44 seconds for a touchdown and the tying two-point conversion, which came with 3 seconds remaining in regulation. Guiton then guided the Buckeyes to a touchdown in overtime, with the defense clinching the win by stopping Purdue.

"Obviously Guiton came in against Purdue and did a really great job of leading them down the field to win the game," O'Brien said. "So it's a very big challenge. We're just going to try to do the best we can."

Likewise, Meyer said he was preparing both quarterbacks to play at Beaver Stadium (5:30 p.m. on Saturday).

"We're going to have two ready," Meyer said. "Kenny Guiton and Braxton are a little bit different players. They're both good athletes, so we'll still have the elements of the run and option and the things that Braxton does so well. Kenny is a great manager, a great — what's the word I'm looking for — distributor. He does a very good job. He's like a coach on the field. So he gets you in the right plays very easily. We're going to have both ready. And it's not that much different."

QUOTABLE: O'Brien when asked if he and his QB, Matt McGloin, are similar: "Uh, I don't know. He's a much better athlete than me and he has a lot more hair than I do. At the end of the day, we're both Irish, maybe we both have a little bit of a temper, and we both like to compete."

THE FAVORITE: The oddsmakers are all over the place on the Ohio State-Penn State game. The Buckeyes opened as a 1.5-point favorite but on Monday it swung the other way with Penn State favored by 2.5 points.

By late Tuesday afternoon, the contest was listed as a pick 'em game.

DUCKS, HURRICANE, CHIPPEWAS: Ohio State and Oregon have agreed to a home-and-home series with games to be played in 2020 in Eugene, Ore., and in 2021 in Ohio Stadium.

"Oregon has developed into one of the premier football programs in the FBS," Ohio State AD Gene Smith said. "We are excited to add them to our future slate of games."

The Buckeyes and the Ducks have met eight times, including in the 2010 Rose Bowl game, a 26-17 Ohio State win. The first meeting between the teams came in the 1958 Rose Bowl, a 10-7 Ohio State win. All six meetings between those Rose Bowl games were Ohio State wins.

Ohio State will play in Eugene on Sept. 12, 2020, with Oregon playing in Columbus on Sept. 11, 2021.

At the same time, Ohio State announced it has completed its 2016 schedule by adding home games against Tulsa on Sept. 10 and Central Michigan on Sept. 24.

The 2016 non-conference schedule now reads: Sept. 3, Bowling Green; Sept. 10, Tulsa; Sept. 17, at Oklahoma; Sept. 24, Central Michigan.

SIMON SAYS: DE John Simon has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced Tuesday.

The award, named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, honors college players who have the biggest impact on their teams both on and off the field.

The 20 quarterfinalists include Wisconsin LB Chris Borland (from Dayton, Ohio); Michigan State LB Max Bullough; Wisconsin LB Mike Taylor; and Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o.

TENSE TIMES: Meyer said he was trying to find out how Miller — who had been carted off the field and then taken by ambulance to the hospital for tests — was doing.

"I kept asking during the game and they didn't know," Meyer said. "So right after the game when we finished the gathering in the locker room, I grabbed someone and they said, 'Well, coach, this is coming back really good.' Immediately after the press conference I jumped in a police car and went to the hospital and that's when I sat with the doctor as the tests were coming back. It was all positive."


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