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Big Ten football fans collectively held their breath when Heisman-hopeful quarterback Braxton Miller was forced to leave Ohio State’s Sept. 7 victory over San Diego State due to a sprain of his medial collateral ligament.

Senior Kenny Guiton productively filled in for Miller, throwing for two scores and running in another. Head coach Urban Meyer said he was very pleased with his backup’s ability to fill in on the spot.

“He [Guiton] did a very admirable job,” Meyer said during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “He’s a coach on the field; he gets in the right play and knows what to do. He distributes the ball. And drive after drive that game, he distributed the ball extremely well.”

Meyer said he was optimistic about Miller’s chances of starting Ohio State’s game against California this weekend, but noted he’ll have to show significant improvement in practice if he is to play.

Miller practiced on a limited basis Tuesday. His arm isn’t affected by the injury at all, though his planting and mobility is not where his coach would like it to be.

“I’m fairly optimistic. Everything I’ve been told, the improvement made between Day 3 and 4 is very important and usually substantial,” Meyer said. “… We’ll know more tomorrow if he’ll be available for the California game.”

Michigan gets ‘huge win’ against Notre Dame, expectations rise for the team

The Wolverines defeated Notre Dame, 41-30, in a thrilling affair under the lights in Ann Arbor on Sept. 7. It was the last time Michigan will host the Irish in the foreseeable future, because of scheduling problems for Notre Dame.

Michigan was thrilled to come away with the win against their storied rival, though it’s hoping the victory doesn’t serve as a detriment to its continued improvement.

“We were very excited about winning on Saturday night, great to be in that environment and atmosphere in the ‘Big House’ and playing a very good Notre Dame football team,” head coach Brady Hoke said during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “It was great to win the game, but as we all know, that lasts for about 24 hours, and you’re back on to Akron.

“We did enough things poorly that we’ve got a lot to work on.”

Michigan has a favorable schedule moving forward, which has increased expectations concerning the possibilities for the 2013 Wolverines squad.

“We’ve got a lot of trust in our seniors and how they’ve gone about their business,” Hoke said. “The consistency that we want to play with and the improvement we want to play with week to week is as big a part of it as anything, with the conversations we have with our football team and the expectations we have.”

Beckman questioned about Oklahoma State involvement, Illinois receives votes in AP Poll

At least eight former players claimed to have received cash payments during their time at Oklahoma State, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday.

The alleged violations, according to the report, occurred between 2001 and 2011, when the program was headed by Les Miles and Mike Gundy.

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman served as the Cowboys’ coordinator from 2007-08, but he claimed to have no knowledge of such violations by the program.

“I was totally shocked to be honest,” Beckman said during Tuesday’s teleconference. “My time at Oklahoma State, I’d never experienced or knew of anything that was going on. I was shocked at the allegations.”

Beckman said he has not been contacted by anyone from Oklahoma State or the NCAA.

The allegations cast an unfortunate shadow over what has been an exceptional week in Champaign. The Illini defeated Cincinnati, 45-7, on Sept. 7 and received votes in the latest AP Poll.

Beckman has been pleased with his players’ abilities to buy into his philosophies in such a short period of time.

“These players have bought in to what we’ve asked them to do from academics to off the field,” the second-year head coach said. “And you could see those things hopefully corresponding to and relating to what you do on the football field.

“I can say that the hard work we put in in January all the way to August has paid off for us in these last two football games.”

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