Date/Time: September 28, 2013 8:00 pm EST
College Football Betting Favorite: Ohio State -7
The Wisconsin Badgers and Ohio State Buckeyes will do battle at Ohio Stadium on Saturday night. You better believe the “Shoe” will be rocking for this one. Wisconsin has been frequenting the Rose Bowl over the last few years, but the Buckeyes are the favorite in the Big Ten this year. This is a huge matchup of the top two teams in the Big Ten Leaders Division.
Wisconsin comes into this game with a 3-1 record on the year. Their lone loss was on the road at Arizona State when the officials essentially handed the game to Arizona State with their ridiculous actions at the end of the game. You don’t have to be a Badgers fan to believe that finish was embarrassing for college football. Wisconsin was beaten at home in overtime by Ohio State last year. The Badgers look to return the favor and beat the Buckeyes on their home field on Saturday night. It will take a terrific effort on both sides of the ball.
The strength of this Wisconsin team is always their offensive line and the running game. That is no different this season. They have a new coach in Gary Andersen, but the Badgers are still a physical team that runs the ball as well as anyone in the nation. Melvin Gordon and James White give the team two elite running backs. Gordon is averaging a ridiculous 11.8 yards per carry this season. Joel Stave is primarily asked to manage the game well from the quarterback spot, but he’ll have to make some plays against Ohio State. Wisconsin’s defense is ranked sixth in the nation in total defense.
Ohio State is 4-0 on the season, and they haven’t even come close to being tested. The Buckeyes have played one of the easiest schedules in the nation. We’ll find out a lot more about this team in the next couple weeks. They host Wisconsin this week and then travel to Northwestern next weekend. Kenny Guiton has been great filling in for Braxton Miller, but it looks like Miller will be back under center this Saturday night. Miller’s knee has healed and Urban Meyer said he expects Miller to be 100 percent by Saturday.
Ohio State is fourth in the country in scoring at 52.4 points per game. The Buckeyes are running the football extremely well right now. They are gaining 313.5 yards per game on the ground. This will be by far the best defense this team has faced all year, so we’ll see how this offense reacts this weekend. Defensively, the Buckeyes gave up 34 points against Cal, but they have been good the rest of the season thus far. This is a young Ohio State defense, and they will have to perform well in the front seven to slow down the Wisconsin running attack.
Free Pick: Over 54
The Buckeyes defense hasn’t proven itself yet this year, and I expect Wisconsin to run for quite a few yards here. On the other side, Ohio State’s fast-paced offense is going to put up quite a few points on a lot of people this year. Look for a higher scoring game than most expect.
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