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Meyer says a sprained knee really hinders a QB

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — What's brewing with the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes ...

BUCKEYES BUZZ: The decision on whether QB Braxton Miller can play on Saturday has been extended another day.

Coach Urban Meyer says Miller got in a little work at Wednesday's practice but then had to go in to do a lot of rehabbing for his injured left knee.

"We'll know more tomorrow," Meyer said.

Miller, who sustained a sprained ligament in his left knee early in the Buckeyes' 42-7 win over San Diego State last weekend, has been receiving treatment and throwing the ball this week. Meyer said on Tuesday that he was "fairly optimistic" that junior might play.

Miller went through light, non-contact practices with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meyer said he has had other players with sprained medial-collateral ligaments in their knee.

"That's very common," Meyer said.

The difficult part is that such an injury affects a mobile quarterback far more than, say, a lineman or even a linebacker.

"It's tough," Meyer said. "As of right now, that's hard. It takes a couple of weeks to get back to that kind of athleticism. With linemen, you strap it down and go. But a guy like that, it's difficult."

GAME OF PICK 'EM: Associated Press College Football Writer Ralph Russo picks the top games each week.

This week he goes with No. 1 Alabama to top sixth-rated Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel, 42-31.

He also picks the Buckeyes to beat California (7 p.m. Saturday) by a score of 42-28.

While everyone else, it seems, belittles the Big Ten, Russo appears to be a true believer ... at least for one week. He likes No. 23 Nebraska to beat 16th-ranked UCLA 38-31 and in his upset special selects Wisconsin to upend No. 21 Arizona State on the road, 31-28.

Russo was 15-4 last week, 7-7 vs. the points. He's 37-6 on the season and a .500 17-17 when taking into account the betting line.

You can follow him at: www.twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP

INJURY UPDATE: In addition to the drama surrounding Miller, starting DE Adolphus Washington is also battling a groin injury. His teammates have said he would most likely be ready to go on Saturday.

CAL QUICK-HITTERS: This marks Ohio State's first visit to Memorial Stadium since 1972 when the Buckeyes prevailed, 35-18. ... Cal picked up its win in the series, 28-0, in the Bears' first Rose Bowl appearance in 1921. Cal and Ohio State also met in the 1950 Rose Bowl, which resulted in a 17-14 Buckeye victory. ... Cal will be looking for its first win over a top-5 team since the Bears outlasted then-No. 3 USC, 34-31, in triple overtime on Sept. 27, 2003. ... The big matchup of the day should be a Cal offense that leads the nation in passing yards per game (472.5 ypg) behind the nation's leading passer true freshman Jared Goff against Ohio State, 18th in total defense. ... Ohio State won last year's meeting, 35-28, at Ohio Stadium, but Bears RB Brendan Bigelow ripped off touchdown runs of 81 and 59 yards. The 81-yarder was the longest run ever by an opposing back at Ohio Stadium and the longest by a Cal player since Jahvid Best's 93-yard touchdown run at UCLA in 2009. Cal amassed 512 yards of offense and outgained the Buckeyes by 100 yards, including 331 yards to 178 for Ohio State in the second half alone. The Bears were victimized by three missed field goals and a touchdown that was called back by a penalty. ... The Bears' schedule is ranked among the toughest in the nation with eight opponents who played in bowl games last year — obviously, not counting Ohio State which was banned from the postseason despite a 12-0 record.

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