Wednesday Practice Updates: Wisconsin

By Kyle Rowland on November 14, 2012 at 8:00p

Revenge has been one of the themes of Ohio State’s season. Coming off a 6-7 campaign, the Buckeyes are now four for four in games this season against opponents they lost to in 2011. 

It will take a suffocating defense to slow Montee Ball.

Last year didn’t provide too many highlights, but one game that did was the late October date with Wisconsin. The Badgers entered Ohio Stadium as one of the top teams in the country, despite losing on a Hail Mary the previous week at Michigan State.

An overwhelming favorite, Wisconsin fell behind by two touchdowns with less than five minutes to play in the game. But quarterback Russell Wilson rallied the Badgers and tossed two touchdown passes two and a half minutes apart, and Wisconsin took the lead with just more than one minute remaining.

Then Braxton Miller engineered a play that will forever live in Buckeye lore. Chased from the pocket, he lobbed the ball to Devin Smith, who got behind the defense and was open in the end zone. Forty yards later, Ohio State had a touchdown and a signature victory in an otherwise forgettable season.

Now it’s Wisconsin that’s looking for revenge. Two years ago, Ohio State ventured to Madison unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the country. It left with a loss and slim hopes of winning the national championship. It was the fourth time since 1992 that Ohio State entered a game against Wisconsin with a perfect record only to suffer a loss or tie.

Saturday is another chapter in an increasingly exciting series.

  • The Buckeyes might be 10-0, but head coach Urban Meyer wouldn’t term the season as fun. It’s still a job, though he did say he’s enjoying it.
  • Being gap sound is paramount for Ohio State on defense this weekend. If it isn’t, Meyer said they could get embarrassed.
  • One thing that could help in that area is the return of senior linebacker and captain Etienne Sabino. Meyer said Sabino gives the defense a sense of stability.
  • Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden was in Columbus recently. Meyer said he and Bowden grew to be good friends in Florida. During offseason events the two were at, Meyer said he would always try to get together with Bowden to get any sort of info out of him.
  • Ohio State has no injury concerns heading into the game.
  • Tight end Nick Vannett said Wisconsin, as it's been in recent seasons, will be Ohio State’s biggest test of the season so far.
  • Cornerback Bradley Roby said it’s tough preparing for Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips because there is limited film on him.
  • From what the Buckeyes have seen, Phillips is mobile. But Roby said the Badgers will have to pass to win the game.
  • The defense expects Wisconsin to bring out some plays that haven’t been run all season.
  • Wide receiver Jake Stoneburner said he feels like Ohio State has been shunned from the media because of the postseason ban. For being 10-0, he said they haven’t received much attention. But he added it’s no big deal.
  • Safety Orhian Johnson said Wisconsin has more than Montee Ball in the backfield. James White is a versatile playmaker.
  • Ohio State is focusing on the run this week, but Johnson said play-action passes will be in the offense.

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German Buckeye's picture

For some strange reason, not really worried about the game. I have confidence our gameplan will be sound, players ready and healed up after a bye and UFM will have them playing up to pro level.  Badgers lose. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I wasn't worried about this game until College Football News picked Ohio State to beat Wisconsin 23-20. Oh noooo! 

Ocbucks's picture

I agree.. This game is really more on a mismatch than is being reported. They have a 3rd string QB with no college passing experience and he is going to lead them to the Badgers 1st win over a good team( 0-3 now)? They lost their best linebacker and they have never played against our Meyer offense. The offense closest to ours Nebraska put up 37. They run it up over weak teams and the media loves them. I don't get it.

BuckGuy003's picture

It's our game to lose, if we can stop the run like we did against michigan state and our lines play like they have, we will take the leaders division and leave the NCAA feeling foolish not having the best team in the big ten able to play for the B1G championship. Beat wisky, make crybaby Brett bask in our glory!!!

German Buckeye's picture

Sorry, wasn't the NCAA who left us out of the BIG championship this year, it was our administration who did. 

RBuck's picture

Actually it was Delaney.

Long live the southend.

BuckGuy003's picture

No, the reason were out is because the NCAA wanted to make a point, a point that had penn states thing come out earlier would have been made there and we would have got a slap on the wrist

crusher's picture

I have a feeling that this game will be some what like the Nebraska game. I really feel like the offense is clicking on all cylinders and that we are going to dump truck Wisky and Mich. 

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

scrotieMcboogerballs's picture

I wonder if Brady Choke (s on balls) is watching the Ohio University game. He seems to be infatuated with them.

"Who do you think you are?!?!...I am!!"  -Pete Weber, bowling legend and dominator of the English language

German Buckeye's picture

So what's whith your name?  I think my 9 year old thinks like that. 

Doc's picture

His name is a fictitious character on South Park.  The boys made him up and wrote a disgusting story that turned out to be a New York Times best seller.  The episode was very funny.

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nickma71's picture

You should all be concerned with Wisconsin getting physical. Big Hank needs to do what he is going to do in the NFL. Plug multiple lanes at once taking up space.

M tots's picture

Heard on BTN that Coach Meyer is 32-2 all-time when he has more than 1 week to prepare for an opponent (bye weeks, bowl games, season openers, etc).

sir rickithda3rd's picture

I also heard urban meyer is the best college football coach

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

pjtobin's picture

I fear a loss. Every time we play. Even the spring game bothers me. I am at ease with the reins in the hands of UFM. If we take a loss to the vadgers this year I am optimistic about 14-0 next year. I wish my old man was here to see urban doing what tress wouldn't ( not couldn't ) do. It's great to be a buckeye. Even if we lose one, or two (three is pushing it) we will still get to see another nc in our lifetime. I hate when our boys lose. I sometimes pout. I honestly get pissed. It's not my fault. I was born a crazy nut. And Dr. Meyer just prescribed a lot of enjoyment. A dose of happiness, rainbows, butterflies , and stuff. A comfort blanket I have never known. Thank you Coach Meyer. I now can quit yelling at my tv, radio, or section, to quit running Dave. 1st and 10 run it again is no longer on my brain. Punters and fg kickers are not offense. And so many other things I was brain washed in. The only thing I miss now is the vest itself. That guy I used to know was a classy dresser. But I'll take what my new dr prescribes and I know I'm on the right meds. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

I couldn't agree with you more. Its like you took the words out of my mouth.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Wow...the pic is something else but then I read under it....I'm speechless.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Alhan's picture

This isn't allowed to be a revenge game for Wisconsin.  We're still getting revenge for two years ago and the recruiting comments!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke


As I have since the 2nd week of the season, my fear of Ohio State's mistakes is far, far greater than the opponent. This week is no different. Even though the Buckeyes took care of business against Penn State, there was still the blocked punt for the TD. The first-play bomb pass and the kickoff return vs. Purdue, etc, etc. Wisconsin will likely play its best game of the season (as all OSU opponents tend to do because it's OSU). If there's going to be a mistake I PRAY it is mitigated and happens at a time it won't affect the game too much, otherwise Coach Meyer is going to be right, we could get embarrassed. Not being pessimistic. Trying to be a realist based on what I've seen in 2012. I have no doubt this will be a great game. It will be close and mistakes are always the difference in those types of games.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.


Wisky has nothing to lose in this game, they already have the divisions spot in INDY. Our boys have to play like there hair is fire, I may hate Wisky as much as Mich if some way, some how they come up short. Cant let what happened two years ago, happen again. Really like the fact there are no INJURY concerns, hopefully Sabino hasnt lost to much and can give the D a extra spark.

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GoBucks713's picture

Wisky has much to lose if they lose this game. Nobody is going to take them seriously in the B1G champioinship game if they lose to OSU. Do you really think that they want to back into that game, and then possibly win and get a Rose Bowl birth with a crud record?? Wisky wants this bad. But i still think UFM has the kids ready to take down the Vadgers. 

-The Aristocrats!

buckeye76BHop's picture

They're going to "try" to pass bc they'll be 8 to 9 in the box.  It's going to be a good game and I can't F@#%ing wait!  I really hope Urban hangs 40 on em by half time.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987