COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State confirmed Tuesday that quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the season with a shoulder injury.
Miller re-injured his surgically repaired right shoulder throwing a pass at Monday's practice and needs another surgery. The senior had been considered a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate for the No. 5 Buckeyes.
"My goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever," Miller said. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season."
Freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to start instead.
According to betting odds provider OddsShark, sports book Bovada increased its betting line on Ohio State winning the national championship from 10-1 to 18-1 before Miller's absence was even confirmed. By Tuesday night the Buckeyes were at 40-1 by Bovada, 30-1 by TopBet.
MAC deal: The Mid-American Conference and ESPN officially announced a TV contract, which runs through 2026-27 and reworks the final three years of the existing deal. The weeknight football games that have become the conference's niche — and gave birth to the Twitter hashtag #MACtion — will continue.
Kansas: The team's top two running backs, Brandon Bourbon (torn ACL) and Taylor Cox (Achilles) are out for the season. Coach Charlie Weis said both will remain in school and could petition for a sixth year of eligibility.
Notre Dame: Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock disclosed why he missed the start of camp: He is recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Denbrock said the cancer was found in June and that his doctor believes it was all removed.
Basketball: The University of Tulsa is being sued by a woman who alleges she was raped by guard Patrick Swilling Jr. in January. Swilling was suspended for the rest of the season, but prosecutors declined to charge him.