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Buckeyes QB set to return

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the moments after star quarterback Braxton Miller was thrown to the ground and didn't get up, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he saw an unbeaten season flash before his eyes.

"Yeah, it did," he said.

Miller hasn't been the sole reason that the Buckeyes have a perfect record and a top-10 ranking after going 6-7 a year ago. But he's the biggest reason.

Miller lay motionless for several minutes after Purdue defensive back Josh Johnson's tackle late in the third quarter Saturday. After several minutes, he sat up then was helped to his feet. With great effort, and flanked by trainers, he slowly walked to the sideline then was carted to the locker room. He was treated at a hospital and released.

Shortly after the Buckeyes' 29-22 comeback victory in overtime, Meyer sent word that he had visited Miller in the hospital and that he was fine.

Now, despite looking as if his season might be ended by a concussion or neck injury just 72 hours earlier, Miller will practice with the team today.

"He's very strong. He takes care of himself," Meyer said. "I don't want to say (I am) amazed, but he's a tough guy."

CHIZIK'S MOM DIES: The mother of Auburn coach Gene Chizik died early Monday morning, school spokesman Kirk Sampson said.

Rita Chizik, 86, was a Clearwater resident and the widow of Gene Chizik Sr., a Pinellas County schools administrator and coach. No details were offered on her death.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Chizik and family in the death of his mother, Rita. Thanks to AU Family for lifting up the Chiziks," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs tweeted.

OVEREXPOSURE: Texas coach Mack Brown once welcomed the Longhorn Network. Now he sounds as though it has become a headache and a window for opposing coaches to get an unfair peek into his program.

"I didn't ask for it," Brown said, noting he's worried that the six hours a week he spends taping three TV shows and the network's access to the first 30 minutes of daily practice may tip opposing coaches to player injuries, tendencies and schemes.

ACC SUSPENSIONS: The Atlantic Coast Conference issued one-game suspensions to North Carolina freshman Shakeel Rashad for colliding with a Duke player during a substitution, and three officials from the Duke-UNC and Florida State-Miami games. The FSU-Miami officials will receive letters of reprimand, while crew chief and referee David Epperley was suspended "for failure to properly administer the 10-second runoff rule" at the end of the first half, which would have cost FSU had Jimbo Fisher not told officials he could call a timeout and kick a field goal.

IDAHO: Jason Gesser was named interim head coach and will lead the Vandals in their remaining four games, replacing Robb Akey, who was fired on Sunday.

MARYLAND: Quarterback Perry Hills has a torn ACL in his left knee and is done for the season.

MISSOURI: Quarterback James Franklin will likely miss his second straight game Saturday against Kentucky. Franklin, who has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, appears to have a good chance of playing at Florida on Nov. 3.

OKLAHOMA: Suspended defensive tackle Stacy McGee was reinstated and should play Saturday against Notre Dame.

WYOMING: Coach Dave Christensen was suspended one week and fined $50,000 over an onfield confrontation with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun in an Oct. 13 loss.


SEC PICKS: Defending national champion Kentucky was picked as preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title, getting 17 of the 24 first-place votes in balloting by a panel of media members. Florida was first on five ballots. Missouri point guard Phil Pressey was preseason player of the year, getting six votes to five for Florida's Kenny Boynton.

MINNESOTA: Athletic director Norwood Teague said the unpaid leave for assistant coach Saul Smith after his weekend arrest for drunken driving is indefinite and the discipline is up to Teague, not Smith's famous father, head coach Tubby Smith.

WAKE FOREST: Sophomore forward Daniel Green will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in an exhibition game.

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