After an ugly weekend for the Badgers the page now turns to an even bigger challenge that is the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes. Wisconsin will travel to Ohio Stadium for a top-15 clash kicking off at 11 a.m. CT on FOX. This week the presser started as is always does with the injury report and depth chart which you can find here.
Coach Chryst kicked off the presser in normal fashion saying he is excited to get going and be with the guys to prepare for a talented Ohio State team, stressing the need for a good week of preparation. After the opening comments, Chryst dove into Ohio State first talking about the Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields and the pressure he puts on opposing defenses.
“It’s a really good combination of what they do schematically with how you they spread you out and who they do it with. A lot of talent. He (Fields) can hurt you in a number of different ways. Very good passer, and a good runner... you gotta play the whole play and the whole field. Credit to the players, the scheme, and them executing it. They’ve been doing a really good job of that.”
He then touched on the Ohio State defense, specifically Chase Young who is projected to be a top five pick in this spring’s NFL draft.
“He’s obviously really talented. He plays with great effort. He’s got good size, length, explosiveness and like any good players he’s got that confidence... he’s playing at a high level. He sets it up well. I think that’s where you see his ability to attack the hole... he does a good job of setting up his pass rush. He’s obviously a really good player.”
After that, Chryst was asked about the lack of explosive plays from the Wisconsin run game. After a few weeks of chunk plays, the Badgers struggled to get anything going against Illinois averaging just 3.7 yards per attempt on the ground.
“I think that, ya know, a lot of those come when every guy is doing his part and they don’t just happen. When you get them you appreciate it. Each week and each play there’s a difference (in) scheme and different players... Any big play whether it be a run or a pass comes from all the guys doing their part and then collectively that leads to a big play.”
After that Chryst talked about how Ohio State is an opportunity to measure where the program was or is, because of the Buckeyes continued success.
“If you were to really assess how I felt, it was every week was a chance to grow to play, and I think you gauge where you’re at. There’s no question that when you play against good teams that after that game it’s another level of evaluation... every team that you play is a challenge and and opportunity, each one is different.”
Chryst was then asked, plainly, how you go about beating a team that on paper has more talent than the Badgers do.
“You get to play the game, when it comes down to it you still have to execute and play good football. That’s what we talk about every week. When you play against a good team it comes down to what you do and how you do it. I would think there’s a natural instinct to where you maybe you feel you have to do more than normal... you really have to trust yourself and how you play and then you go play.”
It appears that despite the loss, coach Chryst is eager to get an opportunity to get back on the football field. While yes, on paper the game is huge for both teams, it’s also still just a football game. The Badgers have been doubted before, and have still won some pretty big games.
This week represent’s a new week and new challenge, but it appears that Chryst and company are ready to take it head on like every other week up to this point. If you’re looking for more quotes from Chryst, below is the video from today’s presser.