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By Matt McCoy
With Ohio State's match-up at California just days away, coach Urban Meyer is still unsure whether Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton will start at quarterback, saying Wednesday "it's going to go to game time."
Miller, who suffered a left knee MCL sprain in the first quarter of last Saturday's win over San Diego State, has taken a few snaps in practices this week with no contact and is now wearing a large knee brace.
"It's not as sore, it's an MCL so it's a little unstable," Meyer said. "He's got to get used to that brace."
Meyer called Thurday a "big day" in determining the status of Miller.
"He's going on the trip and (Thursday) is going to be the day we'll find out how much he'll play," Meyer said.
Meyer acknowledged that starting Guiton and having Miller available if needed is under consideration.
Ohio State faces a California offense that plays at warp speed. Through two weeks, the Bears (1-1) are averaging more than 100 plays a game under first year head coach Sonny Dykes.
Given the tempo at which Cal plays, Urban Meyer said Wednesday the Buckeye offense has to do its part to give the defense some rest.
"We want to possess the ball," Meyer said. "The first thing we want to do is score because you have to score some points because these guys are going to (score.) But (time of possession) will matter a little bit."
California has scored more than 30 points in each of their first two games. The Bears are averaging more than 500 yards of offense, most of it through the air with freshman quarterback Jared Goff leading the nation with 935 passing yards.
The Bears defense, on the other hand, has struggled, ranked 116th nationally, allowing 530 yards per game.
"Their best players, a lot of them are dinged up right now," Meyer said. "I think when they're all back they're a fine defense. Schematically they're very sound...very well coached and we know they have good players."
California Here We Come
The visit to Cal is Ohio State's first road game of the year and Meyer said there's always a fear of the unknown when you take a team on the road for the first time.
"Especially the young players, and this isn't a flight to East Lansing or a bus ride somewhere, this is a big one," Meyer said. "I've never really (traveled to California.) Last time I've done it I think was (as an assistant) at Notre Dame and we went all the way out there...I'm just worried about it but I think we have mature guys."
Ohio State has lost its last two non-conference road games, falling to USC 35-3 in 2008 and 24-6 to Miami in 2011. The Buckeyes last road win and last road touchdown came at Washington in 2007. Ohio State won 33-14.
To listen to all of Meyer's comments to the media Wednesday, click HERE: