After rolling the overmatched FAMU Rattlers last week, things get a bit tougher this Saturday night as Ohio State hosts B1G/Leaders leader Wisconsin in an 8:00 PM game. The Buckeyes (4-0, 0-0) look to move into 1st place in the Leaders Division by shutting down the Badgers (3-1, 1-0).
First year Badgers Head Coach Gary Andersen was defensive line coach at Utah in 2004, Urban Meyer’s last year as Utah head coach, so there is familiarity between the two gentlemen. After a 4 year stint as Utah State’s head coach, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez hired Andersen to replace the departed Bret Bielema, who was banished to coach at Arkansas.
I’m going to gloss over most of the season-to-date statistics for both teams because I don’t think those numbers are relevant for this game. Wisconsin’s wins and “numbers’ were racked up against University of Massachusetts (MAC) who has won 1 of its last 16 games, FCS school Tennessee Tech (2-2) and a not very good Purdue team. Unfortunately, Ohio State’s schedule is pretty similar.
Here are two tables that summarize both teams’ offensive and defensive performances so far this season. As I mentioned above, with both teams having sketchy schedules, use these numbers more for a general indication of performance. The first table, is relative offensive performances comparison between Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Yep, a lot of yards and points against so-so competition.
Here’s the defensive comparison; it’s looks similar.
Now that we really know that Wisconsin and Ohio State took care of their early season opponents, we move on to the game at hand.
With Wisconsin on the mind, there was only one person to bring in to remind us of the hatred we have for Bucky. It was great to have my main man, Eric back on the show to break down Saturday’s showdown with #24 Wisconsin.
Eric is the Rodney Dangerfield of the site. Cause that dude’s got no respect — no respect for the Badgers. Eric and I look at Saturday night’s game from an Ohio State perspective and also break down the latest from the department of Idiocy.
Better known as the NCAA.
Eric and I discuss OSU’s defense against the run, the “QB controversy,” whether Wisconsin is a true rival, Urban Meyers’ “King of the Big Ten” comments and much much more.
And could Urban’s horses run with two QBs on the field Saturday? Eric shares his thoughts on the possibility.
We then get the Wisconsin viewpoint from Bleacher Report’s Andy Coppens. Coppens breaks it down Badger style (that’s a scary visual image) and gives us his thoughts on the three headed rushing attack, Joel Stave’s wonderment and the best defense in the B1G. Thanks to Andy and the staff at Mad Town Badgers for the great collaboration over the week. You can also find Andy’s work on the Big Ten over at Bleacher Report’s B1g Blog.
And finally, we get the view of a Wisconsin fan’s daydream during hate week. You’re not going to want to miss this!
Thanks for listening in this week and of course, you can always find us on Itunes!
Well, that was fun.
While the game winning play is already being compared to some of the all time greats and will undoubtedly be remembered fondly for decades, the immediate impact of this game is also worth getting excited about.
Braxton Miller’s numbers weren’t the greatest, but anyone who watched him in action could see that his understanding of the offense and comfort level on the field are already well beyond earlier this year.
That is an exciting prospect for an Ohio State offense that has struggled mightily the entire season.
If Miller continues to progress and gain confidence in the passing game the offense should be able to do enough to continue winning games.
On that front, it is fortunate that the Buckeyes play two less-than-stellar defenses in Indiana and Purdue the next two weeks before a final stretch against Penn State and Michigan.
Here are my thoughts on the victory over the Badgers and on the Buckeyes moving forward. Read More
Usually, I leave the basketball stuff to our resident gurus, but this morning I am making an exception to that rule. The Big Ten Tournament kicks off today, and our beloved Buckeyes play tomorrow.
Here is a video to get us all refocused on the best team in the country. Enjoy!
The gurus will have a preview of the Big Ten tournament up shortly.
And then there was one.
The Buckeyes are left with only one game remaining in conference play, pitting them against the Wisconsin Badgers – the only Big Ten team the Buckeyes have not defeated this season. Admittedly, though, it was a close thing, with the Buckeyes holding a 15 point lead with 10 to play in the second half. Unfortunately, Jordan Taylor happened in a big way.
Amusingly, the Buckeyes are back at the top of the polls, and back at the top of Luke Wynn’s Power Rankings. This is the first time that has happened since right before the previous Wisconsin game. You just know the Wisconsonites are licking their chops for another chance to knock off #1 ranked Ohio State – for the third time this year.
No, I’m not going to link to that. It’s bad enough we’re going to have to see it again on Sunday afternoon.
The surprise may be on Wisconsin, however. Ohio State is particularly motivated for this game given that they have an opportunity to secure an outright Big Ten Basketball title with a win. There are other reasons as well, but Wisconsin is just going to have to deal with it. All that matters now is the championship.
The Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin on Saturday for the biggest challenge of the season to date.
While a night game (7 PM kickoff) at Camp Randall Stadium is no laughing matter, if the Buckeyes can take any of the offensive prowess they displayed against Indiana on the road, it will be a good weekend for Buckeyes fans across the nation.
The defense has shown that they can shut down a strong run game (Illinois) as well as a high powered passing attack (Indiana), and there is no reason to think they won’t be up to the challenge of slowing down Wisconsin’s offense as well.
If Pryor and the Buckeyes can just put some points on the board, or at the very least avoid putting the defense in bad positions throughout the game, Ohio State will be well on their way to another win.
Join me after the jump for a preview of this highly anticipated game. Read More