So either Braxton Miller is a quick healer, he wasn't hurt all that bad all along, the coaches and doctors were overly cautious, or the entire QB controversy thing was just a smoke screen to throw off Wisconsin.
Miller took every snap from center for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes in the 31-24 win over No. 23 Wisconsin on Saturday night.
Coach Urban Meyer had said Miller was the likely starter all week, pending how the junior looked in practice.
In the game, however, he did not appear to have any limitations. He ran straight ahead, made cuts, kept on options, was hit from the side and head on -- and looked like the exact same player he was before he sustained a sprained medial-collateral ligament early in Game Two.
Meyer said there was no doubt who would bear the load of the offense if Miller was healthy.
"When I saw (Miller in practice) on Thursday, then there was no doubt who was going to be our starter," Meyer said
He added that he felt he needed to find more playing time for Kenny Guiton, who performed brilliantly in the three games while Miller was out, and for TB Jordan Hall, who got just one carry after averaging 16 attempts over the season's first four games.
Miller carried 22 times for 83 net yards, with bruising Carlos Hyde getting 17 totes for 85 yards.
For his part, Miller opened his postgame comments by saying how well he thought Guiton played in his stead. Miller added that he had worked a lot on fundamentals over the past two weeks.
"It was a good crowd; always a great crowd with the Buckeyes," he said of the game, in which he also completed 17-of-25 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. "I felt good. My legs felt good, energy-wise. I wasn't out of shape."
Asked how his knee felt, he added, "It's good. It's 100 percent. I just wear a knee brace for caution and keep it real tight."
Offensive guard Andrew Norwell on what the loss of Christian Bryant, who broke his left ankle late in the game, means: "Next man in. It's a significant loss for our defense. It's sad. You've definitely got to take ownership in the next guy stepping up. It's the whole group."
In addition to the Buckeyes' win over Wisconsin, Iowa topped Minnesota 23-7 in the only other Big Ten game on Saturday. Illinois walloped Miami (Ohio) 50-14 and Purdue surprisingly whipped up on Northern Illinois 55-24 in independent contests.
This coming Saturday's action has Illinois at Nebraska, Michigan State at Iowa, Minnesota at No. 19 Michigan and Penn State at Indiana.