Wisconsin week brings us a building rivalry, so let’s see what our experts are hoping to see happen:
1) No False Starts – Seems to work when I ask for it, so here we go.
2) Curtis Grant – Coach Meyer called him out on Monday and Tuesday; this game is primed for him.
3) Aerial Assault – Last year, Wisconsin cheated their safeties into the box and dared Ohio State to beat them over the top. This year, we have the weapons to do so… make them pay.
4) Speed Kills – Even Wisconsin’s Coach Anderson highlighted how fast Ohio State is on both sides of the ball. This is where they show why speed matters
5) More ZKL – For a lot of reasons… get the kid the rock.
1) Another fast start - OSU needs to come out fast, as we usually do. Saturday night’s crowd should be raucous; give the crowd even more reason to get into the game.
2) Sure tackling - Wisky running backs are averaging 8 YPC. This cannot be allowed on Saturday.
3) Solid pass defense - Jared Abbrederis is averaging 16 yards per reception and one third of team receptions. We need to blanket this guy, and blanket their QB Joel Stave.
4) Offensive Balance - The Buckeyes have shown they can run and pass fairly effectively. We need this to keep Wisconsin defense from loading up against the run.
5) Special Teams/Defensive TD - I’ll take either/or, but would prefer to have one of each. We’ve done well with those against Wisky in the past.
1) Home field advantage – Fans need to be there early and stay late, regardless of how badly we are winning. Be loud.
2) Be physical – Dominate the line on both sides.
3) At least one defensive/special teams score.
4) A few new wrinkles.
1) Stop the Run -Only key to keeping Wisconsin off the board.
2) Fast start - Get on the board often and early. Make Wisconsin have to throw the ball.
3) Contain Jarred Abbrederis - This guy seems to find a way to hurt the Bucks every year.
4) Strong pass rush – Get to the QB! Period!
5) No dumb penalties - So far they’ve been able to overcome the dumb false starts and personal fouls. None on Saturday!
6) Rowdy crowd – The crowd needs to get there early and be loud!
1) The “W” and that isn’t for Wisconsin – In the grand scheme of things, a W is the only thing that matters. I want to see us really do what is needed to win this game which is ball control — Carlos Hyde eat the clock type of offense. Let him get his first 100 yard game but get one for Jordan Hall too.
2) Defense -This young defense has had some time to grow in the first four games but they really need a test and they’ll get it with Whiskey. The D-line and LBs will have to step up and force the Badgers to throw the ball. Hopefully Washington is back so we can have a deep rotation at the ends.
3) A “Special” Team - Special teams has to be very special on Saturday night. Punting, kicking and the return teams have got to have their best game so far. A return for TD would be electric on a night where it could be the last team with the ball wins.
1) On Wisconsin’s Tail - Tough nosed ear pinned back defense against the run. We need it this week.
2) Establish Intensity - This is a rivalry. There is no reason the Bucks can’t jump out to a strong lead early, or at least keep themselves from battling back late in the game.
3) Sound of Music – Here’s to hoping Kenny G is used to compliment Braxton Miller in this game, just so he can get a feel for live football again without too much pressure.
4) Big Play Machines – Against Wisconsin, It’s all about the Big Play. I love watching tears made of Badger Milk, as OSU lights up the scoreboard. Here’s to 4 or 5 big time plays.
1) Tackling - Wisconsin’s power running game is scary, OSU cannot afford to miss tackles.
2) Get out to an early lead - Wisconsin is best when they run the ball, getting out to an early lead will force them to pass more and while Stave can throw, the Badgers are far more dangerous on the ground.
3) Smart play - Wisconsin is the toughest team OSU has faced so far this season and the Buckeyes cannot afford to commit stupid mistakes/penalties.
4) Don’t get rattled – Wisconsin will come up with a couple big plays, the team needs to keep it’s confidence and focus on executing the game plan.
1)Badgering the Badgers – The offense and defense all over the field, all over the Badgers, and all the time!