Preview: #9 Ohio State at Wisconsin

By Kyle Rowland on November 16, 2012 at 1:00p
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The unfriendly confines. 
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Camp Randall Stadium.

It’s been a house of horrors for Ohio State. In the past 13 trips to Madison, the Buckeyes are 6-6-1. Four times they’ve entered undefeated and four times they’ve left without a win. Thrice the Badgers have ended long Ohio State winning streaks at Camp Randall. In 1958, it was a 13-game unbeaten streak, while the “Lee Evans Game” in 2003 ended a 19-game Ohio State winning streak. The Buckeyes had been victors of 12 consecutive games over two seasons when they lost at Wisconsin in 2010.

On Saturday, Wisconsin is looking to continue that trend.

The Ohio State-Wisconsin game, once an afterthought, has grown into one of the top games in not only the Big Ten but also the country. Prior to the 1981 season, the Buckeyes had not tasted defeat to the Badgers since 1959. The series has tightened considerably ever since. Over the past 20 years, Ohio State holds a slight 15-11-1 advantage. It’s even closer when you only consider games played since 1999 – 6-5 in favor of the Buckeyes.

In the past two seasons each team has delivered a crushing blow to the other. In 2010, Ohio State arrived in Madison undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country. But in front of a national television audience and under the night sky, Wisconsin ran roughshod over the Buckeyes, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and winning, 31-18.

Last season, Ohio State returned the favor, sending an already-reeling Badger football team to even lower depths. Wisconsin came into the game off a heartbreaking defeat to Michigan State, a game that ended on a Hail Mary. The Buckeyes closed out the game in similar fashion, on a Braxton Miller-to-Devin Smith 40-yard prayer that was answered in the final minutes.

The annual meetings are almost certain to carry heavy significance for years to come, as well, with Ohio State and Wisconsin competing in the Leaders Division. Illinois, Indiana, Penn State and Purdue aren’t likely to be competitive in the near future.

“When the divisions came out and Ohio State was in our division, I thought that was a great thing for us just because we knew we were going to get to play them every year,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said.

Saturday’s game will be the division clincher for Ohio State if it wins. But Wisconsin will represent the division in the Big Ten championship game due to the Buckeyes’ postseason ban.

“We’re in a race that we’re trying to win the Leaders Division crown,” Bielema said. “Ohio State is at the top of the list. We’re in a race to finish at the top of our division, and this opportunity this week is a chance to play the team that’s at that No. 1 spot.”

Opponent

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Badgers. Coming off two straight trips to Pasadena, Wisconsin had high hopes for 2012. But those were flushed quickly when Oregon State, in what was thought to be an upset at the time, beat Wisconsin the second week of the season.

The loss was jarring for the Badgers. So much so, in fact, that Bielema decided to fire an offensive line coach that was just two games into his career in Madison.

But it apparently worked. Wisconsin has won four of five games since a horrendous 3-2 start, and running back Montee Ball is back on track. In the past five games, he’s run for 773 yards and 10 touchdowns. A once-stagnant run game now ranks 17th in the country, producing 219 yards per game.

Last week, the Badgers ran for 564 yards in a 62-14 win over Indiana. Ball had 198 yards and three touchdowns, putting him one touchdown shy of tying Travis Prentice’s NCAA record.

Still, if you limit Ball and Wisconsin’s team rushing total, victory usually follows. In the Badgers' three losses, the bowling Ball has averaged less than 70 yards per game. The team has been held under 100 rushing yards in all three losses. But in wins, they’re averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground.

Ball has never gained 100 yards rushing against Ohio State. He rushed for 19 yards on three carries his freshman season and 85 yards and a touchdown as a junior. But in the Badgers’ 2010 upset, Ball was disciplined and did not play.

And he isn’t just a threat running the football. In two games against OSU, Ball has five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Wisconsin’s offensive line has been vastly improved the past seven games under coach Bart Miller. No starter is listed under 6-foot-4 and none weighs less than 300 pounds. Tackle Rob Havenstein and guard Kyle Costigan anchor the group. Travis Frederick is the only all-conference lineman back from last season’s unit, but he has moved to center.

The top receiving threat remains Jared Abbrederis. The former walk-on emerged as one of the top wide receivers in the conference a season ago. He has 38 receptions for 689 yards and five touchdowns this season. His yards per game average – 76.6 – is second in the Big Ten. But the production trails off considerably after him. Wisconsin's second- and third-leading wide receivers have zero touchdowns. Some of the fault falls on the scattered quarterback play, but there is also blame on those trying to catch the ball.

Tight end Jacob Pedersen is the real threat out wide aside from Abbrederis. He has 18 catches for 264 yards and three touchdowns on the year.

The situation at quarterback is even more perilous. Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien started the season and was expected to be a repeat of North Carolina State transfer Russell Wilson. But Joel Stave replaced the ineffective O’Brien in the third game.

After Stave suffered a season-ending injury, Curt Phillips stepped in at quarterback. His story is one of redemption. This is Phillips’ fifth year in the program and three ACL tears, all in his right knee, have marred them.

“Since I was like 13 years old, I’ve loved playing football,” Phillips said. “I was going to keep playing as long as I could, until somebody told me I wasn’t allowed to anymore. That wasn’t going to be my call.”

In his first career start against Indiana, Phillips only attempted seven passes. He completed four of them for 41 yards and a touchdown. What Phillips brings is mobility. He ran for 68 yards on seven carries, including a 52-yarder. Phillips has 22 rushes in his career and averages more than nine yards per carry.

“The plan was to not put a lot on Curt,” Bielema said. “Obviously, it worked very, very well. Curt’s very good at certain throws and we just got a situation in the second half where we didn’t need to throw it.”

But to upset the undefeated Buckeyes, Phillips will likely have to complete a couple passes of significance. Ohio State should be keying on the run almost exclusively, which could make them susceptible to the play-action pass.

Ohio State has the 97th-ranked pass defense in the country, but it also has 13 interceptions, 17th in the country. Cornerback Bradley Roby is an All-American candidate, while Travis Howard is no slouch. His three interceptions ranks 15th nationally.

What Ohio State does do well is stop the run. The Silver Bullets have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns all season and opponents are gaining 108 yards per game on the ground.

Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert, the Badgers’ top pass rusher, missed last season’s game with an injury. Pressure on the quarterback was lacking in his absence and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns. This season, Gilbert has 31 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles.

Fellow defensive end Pat Muldoon has 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

The rush defense ranks 13th in the nation, allowing just over 100 yards per game. They’ve limited opponents to five rushing touchdowns all season.

Ohioan Chris Borland leads a linebacker corps that is one of the best in the conference. Borland, though, suffered a hamstring injury last week against Indiana and is questionable for Saturday. If he does go, it keeps 82 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in the ballgame.

But Mike Taylor actually leads the team in tackles with 95.

Buckeye Breakdown

Wisconsin has been done in by Ohio State’s mobile quarterbacks before. In 2008, during Terrelle Pryor’s freshman season, the youngster led a game-winning drive at night in Camp Randall Stadium. Pryor and the Buckeyes won again in 2009. Wisconsin tripped up Ohio State in 2010, but it was Miller, only a freshman at the time, that saved the day last season with heroics that led to an epic Ohio State win.

The Badgers’ defense ranks in the top 15 of the country in yards allowed and points allowed per game, but they’ve struggled against good competition. Mobile quarterbacks from Utah State and Nebraska seized the day and made Wisconsin pay. But where Miller is most inefficient – passing – Wisconsin’s defense is experienced. The secondary has helped Wisconsin to a pass efficiency defense rating of 26th.

Etienne Sabino returns to the field Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin defensive back Devin Smith – yes, the same name as the Ohio State wide receiver – has returned form injury this season to lead the team with three interceptions. Safety Dezman Southward has 44 tackles, five tackles for loss, a forced fumble and interception.

Miller’s arm and the Ohio State receivers have had a bit of a lull in recent weeks. Meyer lamented the fact that the playmakers on the edge are no where near what the Buckeyes need to be considered a great team. Devin Smith, Corey Brown and Jake Stoneburner will each have their number called Saturday. Whether Miller gets them the ball or plays get busted remains to be seen.

While Ohio State needs the passing game to open up, it figures to rely heavily on the run, as it has all season. The Buckeyes are averaging well north of 250 rushing yards per game against Big Ten competition. The two-back tandem of Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith seems to be gaining more credibility each week with Meyer. It’s a combination to pay close attention to this week.

All eyes will also be focused on linebacker Etienne Sabino, who returns from a six-week hiatus after breaking his right fibula in the first half against Nebraska.

“He looks great. You can’t even tell there was ever an injury,” defensive end John Simon said.

In his absence, fullback and fellow captain Zach Boren moved to linebacker. Sabino, Boren and Ryan Shazier will be the three linebackers on the field when Ohio State is in its base defense, which should be often since Wisconsin operates a power offense.

The Buckeye defense has dealt with injuries all season, but after the bye week they are as healthy as they’ve been since fall camp. It’s fortunate for Ohio State, because Wisconsin beats them up like no other opponent.

How Simon, Johnathan Hankins and the rest of the defensive line fares versus the Wisconsin line and running backs should set the tone for the game.

On his call-in show, Meyer said the Buckeyes will play man coverage against the pass, allowing the safeties to creep toward the line of scrimmage to help stymie the Wisconsin ground game.

“I think it’s more fun when there’s pressure on you and you know you have to go out there and make plays,” Boren said. “You know you’re going to be in the action all the time.”

How it Plays Out

The matchup between the Ohio State defense and Wisconsin offense will decide this game. All season, and for the past two decades, if Wisconsin ran the ball effectively, they won.

The Badgers' three losses this season have come to Oregon State, Nebraska and Michigan State, teams with a combined record of 20-9. It shows that quality opponents have no problem shutting down the vaunted Badger rushing attack.

Ohio State has already proven that it has no problem limiting the output of the best running backs it faces.

Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, in the mold of Ball, was held to 45 yards rushing against the Buckeyes in September. Bell has 1,249 yards on the season and five games of more than 120 yards rushing, two over 200. The next week Nebraska I-Back Rex Burkhead got his yards – 119 to be exact – but 73 of them came on one carry, while dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez was stymied much of the night and held to 40 yards. Penn State gained just 32 rushing yards on 28 carries against the Buckeyes.

Running alone won’t win this game, however. Phillips will need to complete passes. Wisconsin hasn’t thrown the ball well all season, averaging 167 yards through the air per game. Only 12 teams in the country are worse. A balanced approach is not in the language for the Badgers.

Urban Meyer is 14-1 following off weeks and 32-2 when having more than one week to prepare for a game. Those numbers will hold true on Saturday in Madison.

Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24

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Nkohl13's picture

I thought we were #6?

osu07asu10's picture

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osu07asu10's picture

As has been stated so many times throughout the week (and bye week) it comes down to stopping their run and establishing ours. Unfortunately, I think Bielema showed in 2010 that he and his staff had the ability to schematically out coach Tress and the gang.

TOO BAD for Wah(!)sconsin and Bielema that his staff has been gutted and ours has been reloaded with some bright football minds.  I'm not worried because we have the talent, and unlike maybe years in past, we have the coaching that is going to maximize and utilize our talent to establish a dominate run game and to strangle their running attack like we did with MSU.
 
tOSU 38 wahsconsin 14

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DetroitBuckeye's picture

Yeah we had to work so much harder then the opponent to overcome the horrendous coaching of Jim Tressel who won 5 national titles at various levels of college football, nice logic.

 
osu07asu10's picture

If you want to take my words and run with it go for it, you will be hard pressed to find somebody on 11w who stands up for Tressel more than I do, I love Coach Tress.
However, I think any buckeye fan can and should admit that in 2010, Bielema and staff came out with an unbalanced line that baited our defense to the strong side all night long while (EDIT: John Clay) John Clay and company simply tore up the weak side of our line.

Tressel and his defensive staff had little to no answers for it as Wisky moved the ball at will early and successfully enough to control the clock in the second half.
 
Just because you've won 5 national titles doesn't mean you and your coaching staff are the best staff in any particular game. I never alluded to any other game than 2010 Wisconsin.

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DetroitBuckeye's picture

Not true at all, you eluded to the fact that this coaching staff will always get the most out of the players and that the previous staff didn't.

 
cbusbuckeye's picture

Are you trying to say that the previous coaching staff DID get the most out of the players? I love Tress as much as the next guy, but Urban is MUCH better at maximizing talent. 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I think that a lot of the talent that came in here was over hyped in terms of recruiting rankings.  With that being said Meyer has had much more talented players to work with in his career.  Both great coaches obviously just don't see why people have to kill tress in order to praise Meyer.  Also their are multiple examples of gems and unheralded recruits who Tressel turned into superstars.  Laurinaitis, Hawk, Jenkins, Robiskie, Hartline, and Dane Sanzenbacher were all three star prospects and Tressel turned all of those players into stars so let's not act like he was bringing in 5 star prospects across the board like Urban did at florida with his 2006 recruiting class arguably being the best in history.

 
cinserious's picture

Tressel had a knack for finding 3* gems and developing all-america type talent but notice how none of the great players you just mentioned are offensive linemen? We've had some highly rated o-line recruits recently who have been systematically coached-down under bollman, and the 'average' linemen certainly remained average. after so many years of that, one would expect the line coach to get fired. It didnt happen and shame on tressel for that! BTW, urban's a better recruiter and in-game adjuster as well. Its finally time for the 'old guard tressel lovers' to give it up and accept the fact that urban has kicked tressel's ass since '06.

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DetroitBuckeye's picture

He is a better recruiter and your right about Bollman but Tressel gave you a national title.  He is not a better in game coach IMO, he is a better recruiter though.  So what if he beat him in one game, Tressel was also much more consistent he didn't stop winning once Troy smith left like Urban did with Tebow.  

 
BuckGuy003's picture

Baby Brett hasn't lost in November since 2009!

rkylet83's picture

I still can't fathom how we're underdogs going into this game.  I actually felt more nervous going into the Penn State game, because they were fairly balanced on offense and have a good defense.  Wisconsin is one dimensional; they know it, we know it.  Our strength on defense is our d-line which is the best place to be strong playing a run heavy offense.
I don't want to sound overconfident, but I feel the only way we lose this game is if the offense is goes Purdue-mode and Wisconsin can wear us down over time.  
Ohio State 31 Wisconsin 16 

BUCKI4LIFE's picture

I will have to echo your comments^^above.  They are too one-dimensional.
I go further to say TOSU 35 Wisky 10

DetroitBuckeye's picture

We are also one-dimensional but I think our athletes will prevail.  I see something more like 17-16, their defense is quite good and Madison has been many buckeye horror stories.

 
Nkohl13's picture

If we dont break 40 I'll be dissapionted.
45-17

BeijingBucks's picture

Not sure we'll get to 45... their pass D is actually solid.  But I strongly feel if we get to 30 it's game over.  no way they score more than 4 on the ground without an aerial assault.  And two threat (kindasorta) receivers does not a threat make.

 

 

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OldColumbusTown's picture

I also feel pretty good about this game from Ohio State's perspective.
Offensively - Wisconsin has struggled to stop the "running" QB over the last few years.  Martinez, Denard, and even Braxton last year have all had success getting yards on the ground against this defense.  That's not even mentioning what Oregon's spread rushing attack did to Bucky in the Rose Bowl.  Adding to that, Borland is nicked up a bit.  I think Wisconsin has a real tough time stopping this Ohio State offense.
Defensively - This stacks up perfectly for OSU's strength on defense.  Wisconsin has really run the ball well at times this year, but always against inferior defenses.  Every legitimate run defense they have faced has done pretty well in shutting down the ground game.  Not to mention, they basically have no proven pass threat.  I expect OSU to blitz in passing situations, and allow Roby to follow Abbredaris all over the field.  The base defense will sell out for the run, and hopefully will have one LB spy Phillips, who is green as a passer and may want to use his legs to find open space. 
Essentially, this defense (which is almost intact from last year) just has to play the same scheme as last season, with mainly the only difference being no Russell Wilson to bail out Wisconsin's offense.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good points.
You're right, Borland is iffy. Tha backup, Marcus Trotter has 3 total tackles on the season. Wisconsin has a solid defense, but they're worst game was against Nebraska's power spread offense with a major running threat at QB. Against Oregon last year, Wisconsin was just too slow (sorry! I sound like an SEC hack).

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I want to see the Buckeyes do the jump around while being up about 28 after the 3rd quarter - now that will be fun to watch!

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Madtown Badger's picture

I'm going to lob one in from the other side.  I think if the game was played in Ohio Stadium the scores posted above would be true but I think it will be alot closer being at Camp Randall.  It hasn't really been a pleasant place to place for the Buckeyes.  I have been there when many Buckeye teams have come in as the better team and left with a loss.  Its going to be loud and insanity will ensue.  Bucky - 31 Brutus - 21

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OldColumbusTown's picture

And that is a fair view, I just think this OSU team has something about them, where they relish going in to a hostile environment and quieting the crowd.
This group went on the road against a similar MSU team and won (when MSU still believed they had a chance to do some big things).  They went into a raucous Happy Valley and annihilated PSU in the second half.  They seem to rise to the occasion.
If Stave was playing, yes, I'd be more worried.  It isn't so much that Phillips may or may not be a good QB (I don't think anyone really knows that yet) - it is that he was the third choice at Wisconsin this year, and has now been thrust into the role.  He played one game, and was as much of a non-factor as a QB can be.  He has no game experience against a team like Ohio State.
I could be completely wrong and Phillips may play-action OSU to death, throwing for 4 TDs and keeping the OSU defense off balance.  I just don't see it this time for the Badgers.

buckeyedude's picture

I have no doubt it's going to be loud in Madison, but it was loud in Happy Valley. These 2012 Buckeyes will be ready.

 

 

Woody4's picture

Look for a replay of this!  Crybaby fathead!

BeijingBucks's picture

Anyone have a before/after pic of
bielma? I seem to remember him being normal size when he started as coach. seems like he got the wrong memo about competing with Hoke

 

 

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I believe the Bullets will hold Wisconsin to 75-100 yards rushing.  OSU offense might struggle early, but will find their way in the 2nd half.
OSU 31, Wisconsin 10

Class of 2010.

Madtown Badger's picture

Heck he might have just got back from bar time.  Bright lights can really water the eyes.

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Madtown Badger's picture

Anyone making the trip over to Madtown?

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Unfortunately, I won't be able to make the trip.
It's an ideal time to visit Madtown. Normally, Madison lacks Urbanity, but not this weekend.

treysdown's picture

Ohio State beat Wisconsin at Camp Randall the year they won the National Championship.  So they at least went in one time undefeated and came out unscathed in the last thirteen tries.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

i want this game so bad. i hate their fans i hate bielema. i think it will be closer than others but i still dont see how we lose this game. crazier things have happened though

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

johnny11's picture

"Unleash the BRACARO" said Urban as he stared at the man across the field. Thanks that is all... Go bucks badgers suck

timdogdad's picture

i'm hoping we give up 2 hard earned  td drives and a fg for 17.  and we score on 5 td drives and no fg's needed.    lets limit them to 2 or 2 1/2(fg)  out of 10-12  drives.   

Madtown Badger's picture

I appreciate your guys comments but an Indiana team that hung 49 points on you guys does not scare me coming to Madison.  You guys may have to bring a better effort.  Go Bucky!

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hodge's picture

That was an Indiana team that runs an offense that we've proven--time and time again, I may add--that were not equipped at stopping. The pro-style teams that we've played, a la Michigan State and Penn State (you could say Cal and UCF here, but we've improved a lot schematically since the), we've been quite successful in handling. Sure, Indiana gave us fits, but it was also a night game in Bloomington against the closest thing they have to a major program rival. 
Tress recruited our defense to stop pro style offenses and win in the trenches against similarly athletic teams (I think he expected our talent advantage to make up for our lack of speed on offense against the lesser B1G programs that were running spreads), this plays right into our hands against you guys. No doubt it will be a battle, but on paper (which may have no bearing on the overall result) I like our chances. Not to mention, even if you guys score and score often, woe is the team that tries to get into a shooting with Urban Meyer. 
Besides, I pity the team that has to deal with this: (Photoshop courtesy of Buck I)

cinserious's picture

Is Bielema really Farva?

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OldColumbusTown's picture

Completely different offense, completely different defense, completely different situation.
OSU was up 18 points with the ball with 6 minutes left, and quit playing.  Still struggling to find an identity on defense, they got caught several times not occupying the correct gaps.  That IU offense this Wisconsin offense is not.
Like I said, I just don't see it from Curt Phillips and a one-dimensional Badger offense.

BrewstersMillions's picture

I'm interested to hear who is going to step up and make a big throw for Bucky when they need it as well. Ohio State is going to hit its homeruns tommorow-the bigger question here is can Wisconsin answer OSU Td's with TD's of their own? Without a legit QB under center I just don't see it. A stat I will be keeping a close eye on is points scored after points and points after stops. What I mean by that-how will OSU and Wisconsin respond to the other offense when it scores points on the drive immediatley after. In the same vein, how will the offense respond on the drives immediatley after their defense gives them a stop of any kind. If Wisconsin gets a typical, long, physical TD drive but OSU returns fire with a quick 3 or 4 play score, Wisconsin loses its edge. More so-if Bucky stalls and OSU turns right around and fires off a quick TD of their own-Can Wisconsin answer back right away. A two score lead for OSU and this game might be over before it starts.
Another important thing to look at-Money time.
OSU is the 24th best Redzone D in the nation allowing points %74 of the time while  allowing touchdowns %50 of the time.
Wisconsin is the 111th Redzone D allowing TD's %68 of the time.
OSU's offense scores TD's %80 of the time in the Redzone compared to %62 for Wisconsin. Both teams are pretty solid (OSU being better) inside the redzone offensivley but OSU makes you settle for field goals a heck of a lot more.
Moreso-OSU plays Wisconsin football better than Wisconsin does.. They are better in every rushing stat offensivley. Both teams are stout against the run so I'll take the team with the better odds of hitting a long one than the team that needs multiple plays to score. In a game where both D's allow less than 3.5 per carry, I'll side with the team with the bigger home run threat and this year that isn't "Shoulda Gone Pro" Ball.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

hodge's picture

I think the Buckeyes' quick strike offense will be the real key to a win on Saturday.  If the Bucks come out swinging and can put up some quick points in the first quarter (I know, it would be a first), Wisconsin will have to play catch up and abandon their bread-and-butter methodical, run-heavy drives.  Forcing Phillips to put the ball in the air (towards an exploitable but ball-hawking secondary) and become one-dimensional in the wrong way will pay dividends towards curtailing Wisconsin's home field advantage.

bboston's picture

We hung 63 on Nebraska... How did Bucky fair in the second half versus the Cornhuskers? 
I expect a competitive game! Looking forward to how Braxton fairs in Madtown.

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buckeyedude's picture

I think the Buckeyes were looking past the Hoosiers. Hard to get excited about that game. Wasn't that Boren's first at LB? The OSU D has improved almost every game since.

 

 

Baroclinicity's picture

^^^  Says the team that beat Utah State by 2, aided by luck...   ;)

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Ahh Saturday's picture

11W seems a little cautious here. I'll add a TD for the Buckeyes and take one away from Bucky: 38-17 OSU rolls.

KnightBuckeye's picture

Tressel's 2002 team was undefeated going into Camp Randall and had a very similar team. Great rushing attack with a smart QB who makes plays with his legs and a defense with a stout defensive line and a shutdown corner (Gamble & Roby). Meyer & Co. have had two weeks to prepare for a one dimensional offense so if for some reason they run the ball all over us then kudos to them but I don't see that happening.
Tressel's first game inside of Camp Randall resulted in a win. Let's hope Meyer can follow suit!

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BoFuquel's picture

Aprox 192 hours till the end of The 2012 Meyer Calendar.Are you ready? GO BUCKS!

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timdogdad's picture

no matter the wisky qb's age, you can't replicate game experience, i.e. thowing against a defense. lets get a 7-10 pt lead and pile on with quick pick 6.  that will really shut up the crowd just like at happy valley.  that game went from 7-7 to 14-7  in a flash or the two seconds it took shaz to pick it and run to the end zone.  some opponents mistake points would be valuable.   but giving up a blocked punt would be bad too.   i also feel a fake punt from bert coming too so lets be aware.

kr66osu's picture

I'm trying to find ways to be worried about this game, I really am, but I just can't do it.
Just like last year, I find their defensive stats to be incredibly bloated (the one good offense they've faced they gave up 440 yards despite forcing 3 turnovers). And the offense on the other hand is just downright horrible and unsustainable.
I really think the only way that Wisconsin keeps this close is to break out a momentum busting play on special teams or defense like the kick return in 2010. And even if that does happen, this team has proven capable of overcoming crap like that (see Michigan State, Purdue, and Cal wins).

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I actually think that this is the best defense they have had in recent memory, if Whisky's offense was better they would be a great team I think.  The memories of the Michigan State game is what should worry you if anything, we were very close to losing that game and the situation is almost identical.

 
Tim's picture

Glad I can watch the game and don't have to listen to it on the radio.
"Miller drops back to pass, lets it go, and it's caught by Devin Smith!" That would mess with me every time.

Ireed19's picture

Man i am more excited than nervous I wuldnt be surprised if it be close first half like 14-7 but second half I see us just going off I think its going to be 35-14

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Brutus's picture

It appears that I'm very much in the minority here, but i really do not feel good about this game. The only reason I'm even posting this is because i figure if I say (post) it, it can't come true.

Poison nuts's picture

Duuuuuddee...

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AGL's picture

Hey Poison,  aren't you down in Ft Meyers area ?  Are there any good high school teams down there/ Naples too.  Team up the road from me,  Manatee is very good. 
 

cinserious's picture

The only good things to come out of wiscaaansin is:
1)...shitty beer (you know, beer shitz beer)
2)...cheese
3)...fat cows (of the wimin veriety)
4)...pedophilic,homasexuel,cannabalistic mass murderers
5)...Brett Bielema
anybody else got somethin' to add?

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Defiance J's picture

Culver's. Damn iPad. 

DefendYoungstown's picture

My prediction 45-21, Buckeyes D plays lights out and Ball is held under 70 yards. Braxton rushes for 2 and throws for 3, Bucks rush for 250 and Bret cries again about recruiting.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

'House of Horrors' be darned this time around - Buckeyes roll 35-17

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Bret BiLlama won't want to lose face for his offseason Meyer comments, even as much as he and Meyer downplay it, so expect Wisky to come out pumped up and prepared. The key factor is Wisconsin's D of Miller. They cant keep a cap on him it could get ugly (in OSU's favor). They shut him down its going to be a nailbiter. My No. 1 fear is a heartbreaking loss today and it carries over into The Game. So let's get it done guys. Go Buckeyes!

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

Cleats8's picture

Hey any one in NYC gonna be at Manny's on 2nd ave on the UES?  -Evan