Since the OSU/Wisconsin prediction thread is mostly numbers --and mostly nuts-- I thought a separate thread for actual game discussion might be warranted.
The first four games of the season have never felt more like meaningless preseason games. Injuries, suspensions, and a schedule that has gone between cupcakes, twinkies, and cream puffs mean that with a third of the season behind us, I have never had less of an idea of how good our team actually is. As I see it there are two major questions facing the Buckeyes this Saturday.
First, Wisconsin's run game is legit. Can our totally revamped DL stop a power running attack unlike anything they've seen this season? Washington, if he plays, is coming off an injury. Bennett didn't play last week either. Bosa looked great against weak competition, but can he hold up against a top D1 offensive line?
Second, Wisconsin's D did a better job against Braxton than anyone last season, and they did it without Borland, their best defender. Has Braxton improved enough during the off-season to put up 30+ points against a team that held us to 14 in regulation last season? His injury has kept us from seeing that improvement and shaking off the rust in one of the biggest games of the season isn't ideal.
In the prediction thread, I picked OSU 38-24, but that was assuming positive answers to the above questions. A lot of people are throwing around predictions that have us winning by three or more touchdowns, a margin of victory larger than we had against Cal or Buffalo. This is likely to be a tough four quarter game, but if you're sure of the blowout, please explain why in this thread. I'd love to have your confidence.