Wednesday Practice Update: Wisconsin Week

By Kyle Rowland on September 25, 2013 at 7:37p
Urban Meyer said Braxton Miller is close to 100 percent.

Wednesday nights usually aren’t big on news when Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer meets with the media. That trend came to a screeching halt this evening, when Meyer announced Braxton Miller would “probably” get the start at quarterback Saturday against Wisconsin.

In doing so, Meyer said Miller was close to 100 percent. The previous weeks of practice featured a quarterback that was noticeably injured. That isn’t the case as the Buckeyes prepare for the Badgers. Meyer said if you didn’t know Miller had been hurt earlier in the season, watching him this week wouldn’t give way to any suspensions.

Miller will be wearing a knee brace, but Meyer was confident it wouldn’t be restrictive. Technology has made it possible for quarterbacks to wear braces with virtually zero bulkiness.


  • It’s difficult sitting Kenny Guiton, Meyer said. But he’ll be ready to go. Meyer said Guiton is a leader and understands the situation.
  • Meyer believes Adolphus Washington will play Saturday night. Meyer said the defensive front seven is a big concern. Nearly the entire group is in its first season starting and Wisconsin’s rushing attack is unlike anything they’ve faced the first four weeks.
  • How important is this game? Even Meyer admitted the staff looked ahead last week and started breaking down Wisconsin film.
  • Meyer said he liked the result Ohio State’s rivalry uniforms had last season – a win over Michigan. He got serious, too, saying both current and former players raved about the uniforms. Obviously, recruits also enjoy the new-age look.
  • Bradley Roby: "We know we're the kings. Simple as that. Last question."
  • Roby said it doesn’t look like Miller has missed a step, whether he’s running the ball or throwing.
  • “When someone takes what’s yours, the next time you see them it’s going to be a fight.” -Roby on Wisconsin. He added that this game is certainly a rivalry.
  • The players had nothing but good things to say about playing in night games. The atmosphere is the biggest plus. Roby said the crowd has an opportunity to get drunk during the day, which amps things up.
  • Roby said games like Saturday’s are why he came back for his junior season. He said everyone will be watching because it will be one of the few games on TV at the time.
  • The Silver Bullets take pride in slowing down smash-mouth teams. They embrace the opportunity. Roby said the unit’s No. 1 goal is stopping the run.
  • Tight end Nick Vannett on Miller: “He’s back. He’s definitely back.”
  • Vannett complimented the Buckeyes’ receivers – WRs and TEs – on being able to do a wide array of things on the field. They’re all-around receivers – they can catch, block, run routes, etc. Vannett said being able to do it all makes it more challenging for defenses.
  • Noah Spence said prepping for Wisconsin is like preparing for a fight. The Buckeyes know both teams are going to be physical and try to out-muscle the other.
  • Spence said you have to prepare mentally when you go against Wisconsin because they try and wear you down with the run game.
  • This week’s practice has been the most intense as far as aggressiveness and hitting, according to Spence.
  • “They hot.” –Spence on the uniforms
  • The Leo position changed names to Viper this season. Spence showed his approval. “It sounds cool. It’s hot.”

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Seattle Linga's picture

After reading this I get the suspicion that Wisky will start out being pass happy to throw us off our game. The Silver Bullets will adjust and lock down their receivers. They will go back to running the game only to find brick wall after brick wall. We will be prepared whatever they throw our way! Go Bucks!!!!!

Bamabucknut's picture

I hope you are right. I really do fear the defense will be like early last year.

buckeyepastor's picture

Agree.  I think Wisconsin will try early to get a deep ball past our secondary, cheating up a bit for run support.   Wouldn't be the least bit surprised (or worried) if they even connect on a couple of them.   Also expect that they might gash us good on the ground the first couple of series.   But I think once we settle in and our young defensive front finds their "sea legs," they'll be fine.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

captain obvious's picture

They will line up and try to run right at us like they always do. Its going to be a battle.

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InHartWeTrust's picture

Hope they do, early INT is always nice to get the momentum and crowd going wild.

Knarcisi's picture

They're not going to be able to run the ball all night when they go down by 21. 

gobucks96's picture

IF they go passing first and fail the game could be over before they have the chance to establish the run..

d1145fresh's picture

They should change Viper to Mugatu... So hot right now. Mugatu. 

Txsbuckeye's picture

That was seriously funny.

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tussey's picture

Technically it should be - "Viper to Hansel because that Hansel is so hot right now."

Swayze's picture

just watched that the other day on netflix

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

At work, can't photoshop, but picture a couple confused looking Wisky players looking at the ground... "Dontre Wilson is IN the endzone?!"

RoyMunson's picture

Reporter: "Noah, how do you feel about those Flamin' Hot Cheetos?"
Spence: "They hot."

DefendYoungstown's picture

I remember this well, loser lost the next week to Pittsburgh!!!!

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

BTBuckeye's picture

They'll get their fair share of rushing yards, but we need to keep the effort level at 11.

According to Spence, weather on Saturday gonna be....

Northbrook's picture

No problem, our D goes to 11.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Why don't you just make "10" the highest your D can go, and then that would be the best?

Northbrook's picture

Ours goes to eleven.

Buckeye_Ryan's picture

It's one better.

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will0327's picture

Its tough to be Braxton in this sense think about it you lead the team to undefeated season last year and now you got injured and have your close friend aka Kenny, which Braxton has stated before come in and play great. Then you have to come back and take his spot while the whole fans base has put you on watch. Because you know if Braxton struggles just a little bit people will be calling for Kenny in and Braxton out. 
Talk about pressure 


buckeyepastor's picture

It's the sort of pressure that people come to OSU expecting.   I think the only way Braxton struggles is if he's not 100% mentally healthy from the injury (hesitant, second-guessing himself).   If that be the case, if all that's been said about Miller is true, I think he'd expect to see Guiton come in.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Article on ESPN is suggesting Melvin Gordon is a dark horse candidate for the Heisman.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Him1stftballl8er's picture

This will be a dog fight indeed. With Adolphus back, and the skill+experience of our secondary, I feel very good about our defense. I think Wiscy's style plays into Curtis and Josh's strengths as well. Still Wiscy will get some yardage, some points but not nearly enough to keep up with our offense particularly the resurgence of a now healthy Braxton Miller. I'm willing to bet Braxton hears all the "quarterback controversy" crap flooding the media, and will have an extra chip on his shoulder, and Braxton is a guy who doesn't fold under pressure. I can't wait to watch this slugfest. Dontre and Hyde gonna be big too. Bucks. 38-17.

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools. 

will0327's picture

Let alone we havent even seen the ceiling for Braxton yet which Urban stated in beginning of the season. People dont realize or understand or comprehend, that we have seen Kenny's ceiling we have seen the best of Kenny G.
We havent with Braxton that simple.


Jabba the Hoke's picture

I completely agree, I fully believe there is no quarterback controversy. However, Kenny G's ceiling is pretty damned high.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Will we ever see BM's ceiling? I mean really...

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

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Love Roby's comments on the fans getting drunk during the day. 

tussey's picture

I lol'd at Roby's comments about people being drunk at night games.  Its one of those things that you know, but you never actually expect someone to come out and say it.  

Jabba the Hoke's picture

I just told my wife that it is now my duty as a Buckeyes fan to get drunk and be rowdy on Saturday night. I have to help the team, right?

Jabba the Hoke's picture

Lol, I don't think I need to fight the other team's dads though.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

ChillitownBuck30's picture

I enjoy that Roby tells it like it is.  I can't wait to see Roby lock down Abbrederis (that how you spell it?)

“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”

LeftCoastBuck's picture

I like that Roby is taking this all so personally. He is going to play really pissed off and that will not be good for Abbrederis.
I think that UFM is going into this game to leave no doubt about who the king of the B1G really is. He will not play nice with them. I think you are going to see some magic from our Aussie punter and special teams.

"Have a Coke and a smile!.....along with $150 in UM football tickets"

fanatibuck's picture

^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^ THERE IS A RODENT WOODSHED BEATEN' A COMMIN' IN BUCKEYELAND. HOLD ON TO YOUR BUCKEYE BEADS AND BLOCK-O flags cause The Urbanator says hang on for the ride, baby!


drumsontheside's picture

Whatever is included in a  'RODENT WOODSHED BEATEN' is EXACTLY what I want on Saturday. If only Bert were here to enjoy it with them...


harleymanjax's picture

I just call him Abra Cadabra

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

brandonbauer87's picture

That Buckeye team? They hot. 

WOLFofOHIO's picture

And Wisconsin thought Arizona State was bad.....

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

DaiTheFlu's picture

No coach speak with Mr. Roby! He is damn right, too, this is Ohio State's league and has been since 2002. Sorry Wisky, PSU and Scum fans; id get used to Tampa if I were you.

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

fanatibuck's picture

+1 Exactly! I have been tellin folks Urban's comments about Wisky being Kings of the BIG is just coach speak. In his heart he knows the Buckeyes have owned the BIG for the past decade. Coach Gary Anderson is in for a rude awakening when they invade the Shoe Saturday night.


Poison nuts's picture

Tampa does have Mons Venus though...

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.


I dare Stave to beat us. I triple dog dare him to throw at Roby. Say what you will about the Cal game, Roby is still awesome and he usually always comes up big in big games.

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Buckeye_Ryan's picture

Triple dog dare

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OSUBias's picture

That picture of Urbs is god awful. Looks like he is pinching one off.

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

mtgerken's picture

Like Evan Spencer said it. They have a nice defense, but has anyone witnessed the onslaught of our offense? Seriously, I cannot wait to see Dontre and Braxton run that QB read option play. I think it will be a close game, but our Defensive line is more then prepared to take on this smash mouth football. When you have to bench a guy like Joey Bosa, you know you have a good D-Line. 
"Linemen U"

"Because I couldn't go for three!"