The No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers (6-1 overall, 3-1 B1G) continue their two game road swing with a trip to the rainy Horseshoe to scrap with the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0 overall, 4-0 B1G). This is Wisconsin’s last game against a non-B1G West opponent until the postseason, so while the hate is strong any time you play Ohio State, November is going to be HATE MONTH for real.
The top two defenses in the country are involved in this game, which also happens to be Wisconsin first trip to Columbus since 2013 and the first times the teams have played since the 2017 B1G title game. UW has lost six in a row to the Buckeyes, and nine of the last 10, but outside of the Game That Shall Not Be Named those six games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
The one area where Ohio State might be vulnerable is if they are put into long passing situations where the Wisconsin defense can pin their ears back and get after Justin Fields. He has been known to take a sack or two due to holding onto the ball for too long, so Zack Baun and Chris Orr need to have good games.
Otherwise, based on the two teams’ points allowed stats I think that Wisconsin will take this one 8-7. Seriously. Ohio State is only allowing 8.0 points per game and Wisconsin is allowing 7.6. I rounded down for the final score.
How to watch/listen
TV: FOX, 11:00 a.m. CT, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft, BIG NUDE SATURDAY
Radio: Badger Sports Network (iHeartRadio), Satellite: Sirius 83 or XM 83, Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Patrick Herb
Stadium: Ohio Stadium
Weather: Columbus, Ohio (Spoiler: It’s gonna rain!)
Line: Wisconsin +14.5
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Ohio State’s third down conversion rate of 56.1 percent is the best in the country. Wisconsin, meanwhile, has the nation’s No. 1-ranked third-down defense at just 16.1 percent.
- Ohio State is allowing a nations-best 0.53 points per possession this season. Wisconsin is No. 2 at 0.55 points/possession.
- Ohio State and Wisconsin are the Big Ten’s winningest programs over the last decade. The Buckeyes are 99-17 in that span while Wisconsin is 98-31.
- Ohio State has scored more points in the first half than 111 teams nationally have scored the entire season.
- Ohio State has scored 21 or more points in the second quarter in each of the last six games. If the Badgers are going to hang around they NEED to make sure Ohio State doesn’t end the game before halftime.
- The last time Wisconsin scored a road win over an Ohio State team ranked in the top 3 of the AP poll — Nov. 16, 1985 — current head coach Paul Chryst was a sophomore quarterback at UW.
- Wisconsin’s roster features six Ohio natives: junior TE Seth Currens (Pickerington), junior WR Danny Davis (Springfield), freshman FB Quan Easterling (Akron), freshman DE Rodas Johnson (Columbus), redshirt freshman DE Isaiah Mullens (Columbus), redshirt freshman QB Chase Wolf (Cincinnati).
- Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph’s coaching career began at Ohio State, where he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant (2004-05) and strength and conditioning coordinator (2006).
- With 957 rushing yards on the season, Jonathan Taylor needs 43 to become the fourth player in school history to record three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, joining Billy Marek (1973-75), Ron Dayne (1996-99) and P.J. Hill (2006-08).