Rundown: No. 24 Wisconsin at No. 3 Ohio State

Remy's picture
September 24, 2013 at 11:54p


TV: Saturday, 8:00 (ABC)

Ohio State leads the series 55-18-5 and is 8-2 against Wisconsin in the last ten games in Ohio Stadium.

Something is going to have to give in this game. Both Ohio State and Wisconsin have superb rushing offenses and rushing defenses.

The Buckeyes enter the game with the nation's sixth best rushing attack (311 ypg).

Led by Jordan Hall and Ezekiel Elliot's rattling of FAMU the Buckeyes have gained over 300 rushing yards in consecutive games. To continue that streak I believe Urban Meyer will call on Carlos Hyde to pound away at Wisconsin's sixth ranked rushing defense.

Led by linebacker Chris Borland, the Badgers are holding opponents to just over 76 rushing yards per game. That is why Ohio State must use the arm and running ability of Braxton Miller, or Kenny Guiton, to open lanes for the running backs.

Will Braxton Miller return this week?

If the Buckeyes can loosen up Wisconsin's front seven I believe Ohio State will gain over 200 yards on the ground.

Ohio State's defense ranks ninth in the country by holding opponents to just under 80 rushing yards a game. The Buckeyes defense is in for a challenge against Wisconsin's massive offensive line and running backs Melvin Gordon and James White.

The Badgers have the nation's third best rushing offense average 349.8 rushing yards per game. Gordon, a sophomore, has already gained 624 yards and 7 touchdowns in four games.

The senior, James White, has 442 rushing yards and three touchdowns along with 115 receiving yards. This could be the biggest challenge Ohio State's defense faces this season.

If Ohio State's defense can slow Wisconsin's running game and force the Badgers' quarterback, Joel Stave, to win the game with his passing skills I like the Buckeyes' chances.

Ohio State's offense can make the defenses' cause easier by getting close to that 52.5 point per game average. If the Buckeyes can get an early 14-20 point lead it will force Wisconsin to run less and possibly get run out of town. 

Today's Trivia Questions:

In the past Ohio State has hosted nine ranked Wisconsin teams. In those nine games, how many times has Ohio State lost to ranked Wisconsin teams in Columbus?

Two years ago Braxton Miller thew a game-winning touchdown pass to defeat Wisconsin 33-29 in Columbus. Can you name the receiver who caught the ball?

Answers at the bottom of today's article.

(3-1)                             (4-0)
UMass        45-0              Buffalo 40-20
Tenn Tech  48-0             SDSU   42-7
ASU           30-32           at Cal   52-34
Purdue       41-10           FAMU   76-0

Total         164-42          Total    210-61
Avg           41-11            Avg     53-15

The Series:
Ohio State leads 55-18-5
Last Ten: 6-4
Last Ten at Home: 8-2
All-Time at Home: 29-6-3

Ohio State has won 3-straight home games against Wisconsin.
The Buckeyes have outscored the Badgers 102-59 and have scored at least 31 points in each of those contests.

2013 Stats (Per Game)

41.0 (12th)           Points For             52.5 (4th)
10.5 (10th)         Points Against       15.3 (21st)

349.8 (3rd)         Rushing Offense    311.0 (6th)
198,0 (90th)         Passing Offense     218.0 (76th)
547.8 (12th)       Total Offense        529.0 (15th)

76.3 (6th)           Rushing Defense    79.8 (9th)
167.0 (19th)       Pass Defense         200.5 (49th)
243.3 (6th)         Total Defense        280.3 (13th)

                           Offense Misc.    
.519 (17th)         3rd Down Conv.    .481 (36th)
.833 (64rd)           Red Zone             .955 (11th  
7.4  (62nd)           Punt Return          14.6 (21st)
23.4 (41st)           Kickoff Return        25.3 (25th)

                           Defense Misc.
.305 (27th)          3rd Down Conv.     .228 (5th)
.778 (50th)          Red Zone              .667 (15th)
86.1 (8th)          Pass Eff. Def.          112.1 (34th)                 
38.2 (50th)          Net Punting           40.8 (22nd)   

Total: 8              THE EDGE              Total: 8 



QB Joel Stave (So): 60/95 (.632), 761 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs

Last Game:  12 /19   (..632), 158 yards, 1 INT

Career: 130/214 (.608), 1,865 yards, 12 TDs, 6 INT


RB Melvin Gordon (So): 624 yards, 11.8 ypc,  7 TD

Last Game: 147 yards, 9.2 ypc, 3 TDs   

Career: 1,343 yards,  10.0 ypc, 11 TDs


WR Jared Abbrederis (Sr): 271 yards, 16.9 ypr,  3 TDs

Last Game: 94 yards, 13.4 ypr    

Career: 2,424 yards, 16.5 ypr, 19 TDs


LB Chris Borland (Sr): 18 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss,  1 sack                                 

Career: 153 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 3 INTs



QB Kenny Guiton (Sr): 65/95 (.684), 664 yards, 13 TDs, 2 INT

Last Game: 24/34 (.706) 215 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT

Career: 79/120 (.658), 808 yards, 15 TDs, 4 INTs


RB Jordan Hall (Sr): 422 yards, 6.2 ypc, 8 TDs

Last Game: 20 yards, 5.0 ypc, 2 TDs

Career: 1,454 yards, 5.0 ypc, 14 TDs


WR Evan Spencer (Jr): 78 yards, 9.8 ypr, 4 TDs

Last Game: 50 yards, 12.5 ypr, 2 TD

Career: 292 yards, 12.7 ypr, 3 TDs


Bradley Roby (Jr): 11.5 tackles, 3 Pass Deflections, 1 INT   

Last Game:  2 tackles, INT                           

Career: 96 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 FR TD, 5 INTs, 1 INT TD

Gifs came from here and here.


Urban Meyer
16-0 at Ohio State, 120-23 overall.

Meyer is 2-1 against former assistant coaches.

Ohio State teams coached by Urban Meyer have gained over 300 yards rushing in consecutive games and 5 times in the last 16 games.

The 15 seasons before Meyer came to Ohio State the Buckeyes had 8 games of 300 yards rushing.
That is  8/176 (.05) games before Meyer and 5/16 (.31) with.

Gary Anderson
3-1 at Wisconsin, 33-32 overall.

Will Anderson drop Meyer's record to 2-2 against former assistant coaches?

2013 Freshmen Legs:
Ezekiel Elliot took advantage of his 11 carries on Saturday averaging 11.6 yards per carry. When the game was over EZE rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

For the season Elliot and Dontre Wilson have combined for 321 rushing yards (9.4 ypc), 3 TDs and 84 receiving yards.

Jordan Hall leads the Big Ten with 50 points and eight touchdowns.

Ohio State has won the last two games against Wisconsin including four of the last five.

The Buckeyes have gained 1,211 yards of offense in the last two games.

Today's Trivia Questions:

In the past Ohio State has hosted nine ranked Wisconsin teams. In those nine games, how many times has Ohio State lost to ranked Wisconsin teams in Columbus?

Answer: One. Ohio State is 8-1-1 against ranked Wisconsin teams in the Horseshoe. 26-14 is the average score.
2004 is the only loss. After Wisconsin won 13-24 some of the Badgers danced on at midfield on Block O.

Two years ago Braxton Miller thew a game-winning touchdown pass to defeat Wisconsin 33-29 in Columbus. Can you name the receiver who caught the ball?

Answer: Devin Smith caught the 40-yard touchdown pass.


Remy's picture

I plan on posting an article featuring the overall and decade by decade series results between Ohio State and Wisconsin Wednesday evening/night.
The article is finished, just a matter of posting it on here and adding pictures/gifs.
This article won't have much writing, but will have win/loss records, points scored and averages galore.
If you're a numbers/stats geek like me you should like it.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

pjtobin's picture

Thank you for doing this. I hope we keep our record of never being beat by a ranked wiskey team. 

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

dcbadger's picture

Not for nothing, but that gif of the pass to Spencer is exactly why you can't take anything away from that FAMU game...I was watching that live and just rolled my eyes. That's literally playing against air. 
NOTE TO BUCKEYE FANS: Not ripping on your sked, ours has mostly sucked too. Maybe Tenn Tech would beat FAMU head to head? Dunno. Who cares. Neither game tells us anything. Just pointing out we won't really know what we've got until you get hit in the mouth. Both teams are going to sock each other good on Saturday.

bedheadjc's picture

How'd you feel about that goal line .gif?

dcbadger's picture

Ha, I hate it! But that was an awesome play. It ended up not mattering since you went three and out and then we tied it up anyway (only to lose in OT, sigh), but that was big time. 

dcbadger's picture

Tough crowd here when I compliment your play and still get a minus one!
(don't really care, but amused) 

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Well, we may be "socking" each other, but Ohio State will also de-pants your Badgers. 
No prize for you, but thanks for playing.

Not a Cereal Downvoter.  But I will downvote the Serial Trolls who lurk under our bridge.

berkeleybuckeye's picture

Any word on the Badgers' injuries? 


Earle's picture

Yes. There will be a lot of them.

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

dcbadger's picture

Sounds like we will definitely be down Kenzel Doe at WR (a problem, but he's not a tremendous loss), probably down Pederson at TE (this is a big loss and someone Stave would have liked to rely on a bit), and some others are questionable including Lawellen at center (I'm not sure how big a loss this is...we are thin elsewhere along the line, but the backup here might be fine. Still, don't like to see it.) CB Peniel Jean is also questionable, which might be the biggest issue. We're already young back there, and losing a junior (even if he isn't quite all big ten caliber, IMO) is a big deal against you guys.