Ohio State Buckeyes
(6-0, 5-1 ATS)
(5-1, 1-5 ATS)
Last week, the No. 1 team in the country was knocked off by a team ranked in the teens. This weekend, the Ohio State Buckeyes will hope to avoid the same fate when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall.
Ohio State didn’t play well in its first road game of the season, a 24-13 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini, but when push really came to shove, it got the job done. QB Terrelle Pryor is now the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy for good reason. He is clearly the best player on a team that is going to be hanging around in the National Championship discussion in all likelihood for the majority of the season. Pryor is no longer leading the team in rushing, but he is still putting up some fantastic numbers through the air. Pryor has one of the best TD/INT ratios in the nation at 15/3, and he has thrown for 1,349 yards on the season. If not for this defense though, Ohio State would be in a ton of trouble and HC Jim Tressel knows it. This ‘D’ ranks in the Top 10 in every major defensive category. It is allowing just 236.3 total yards per game (No. 3), 158.3 passing yards per game (No. 10), 78.0 yards per game (No. 4), and 13.5 points per game (No. 7).
The Badgers haven’t had a heck of a lot of chances at trying to knock off one of the best teams in the country, but this is their best opportunity to do so. Wisconsin has its offense virtually at full strength. This is clearly the most talented offense that HC Brett Bielema has ever coached in Madison. QB Scott Tolzien has thrown for 1,201 and seven TDs in this, his second season as the leader of this team. The Heisman Trophy candidate of the bunch, RB John Clay has rumbled for 692 yards on 115 carries, an average of 6.0 yards per rush. He has nine TDs on the ground. Don’t forget about his backup RB James White, though. Not only has he rushed for 485 yards, which would lead most teams in the country, but he, too has eight TDs, a very high total. WR Lance Kendricks is having a great year with 25 catches, 391 yards, and three TDs, but WR Nick Toon is back after missing the start of the season, and he has the ability to go off for huge games against even the best of defensive backs in the country. The ‘D’ has been suspect of late, allowing 57 points over the L/2 games, but prior to that, this unit was fantastic and will need to step up its game to give Wisky a chance.
We just don’t trust the Buckeyes. We know that this isn’t the best team in the nation, and we aren’t so sure that it is a Top 5 squad either. Don’t get us wrong, neither is Wisconsin. However, Camp Randall at night is just going to be like an asylum, and if the nuts in Madison get a chance to start “jumping around,” the Buckeyes are going to be in a ton of trouble. Don’t be shocked in No. 1 goes down again.
College Football Free Pick: Wisconsin Badgers +4