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With Braxton Miller out, J.T. Barrett's numbers have been staggering for No. 13 Ohio State

  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett plays against Cincinnati during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Many were surprised when redshirt freshman Barrett was ordained in the preseason as the backup quarterback for Ohio State. Absolutely no one expected what happened when he stepped in when Braxton Miller was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett plays against Cincinnati during an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Many were surprised when redshirt freshman Barrett was ordained in the preseason as the backup quarterback for Ohio State. Absolutely no one expected what happened when he stepped in when Braxton Miller was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, center, celebrates his touchdown against Maryland with Evan Spencer, right, and Michael Thomas during the second half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md. Many were surprised when redshirt freshman Barrett was ordained in the preseason as the backup quarterback for Ohio State. Absolutely no one expected what happened when he stepped in when Braxton Miller was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.(AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, center, celebrates his touchdown against Maryland with Evan Spencer, right, and Michael Thomas during the second half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md. Many were surprised when redshirt freshman Barrett was ordained in the preseason as the backup quarterback for Ohio State. Absolutely no one expected what happened when he stepped in when Braxton Miller was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.(AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)  (The Associated Press)

Many were surprised in the preseason when redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett was ordained as the backup quarterback for Ohio State.

Absolutely no one expected what happened when he stepped in when Braxton Miller was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

Barrett has been terrific so far for the 13th-ranked Buckeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) as they prep for a home game on Saturday against Rutgers (5-1, 1-1).

Right now, he's keeping pace with what Ohio State's quarterbacks did a year ago, when Kenny Guiton put up huge numbers in three games in between Miller starring for the Buckeyes.

Barrett leads the Big Ten and is 15th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense (326 yards a game) and tops the conference with 271 passing yards per game.