Ohio State's Braxton Miller hopes his offseason training leads to improvement and a possible national championship. 

By Scooby Axson
August 12, 2014
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Improvement is the name of the game in Columbus, where Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller looks add the skill of accuracy to his repertoire. Miller completed 63.5 percent of his passes last year, which is hardly bad considering 35 quarterbacks had better accuracy numbers in 2013. 

Miller is featured on one of five regional Sports Illustrated covers this week previewing the upcoming college football season, which has a four-team playoff for the first time. 

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Miller, who is battling a shoulder injury but should be ready for the Buckeyes opener against Navy, is a Heisman candidate after throwing for 24 touchdowns and running for 1,068 yards and 12 scores last season.

The Buckeyes are again favorites to win the Big Ten after a disappointing end to the 2013 season, which saw their 24-game winning streak snapped in the conference title game and a loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.     

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