Buckeyes open Big Ten play against tough Badgers

Mike Greco
Sep 27, 2013

Fortunately, The Ohio State Buckeyes are in Big Ten play.

The Buckeyes will know where they stand right away, welcoming in Wisconsin in a Top-25 battle.

The game is under the lights at Ohio Stadium and televised by ABC.

This game is a showcase not only for the present, but the future, as undecided recruits will likely be on hand.

Heck, even former Cavalier and current Heat superstar LeBron James is expected to be on hand.

OSU, which is ranked fourth (Associated Press)/third (USA Today/Coaches) polls, is 4-0 on the season and enters with the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games.

OSU-Wisconsin rivalry? It isn’t Ohio State-Michigan, but Wisconsin and the Buckeyes have had classic matchups in recent years.

The Buckeyes are 5-3 against Wisconsin in the last decade.

OSU has won the last two by a combined 11 points.

In 2010, the Badgers knocked the Buckeyes out of the No. 1 spot with a 31-18 win in Madison and downed then No. 3 OSU 17-10 in 2003.

It’s Miller time? Will Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton start at quarterback for OSU?

They are listed as co-starters.

If Miller is ready to go, he will start. But the question is how effective he will be playing just one game basically.

Back-up Kenny Guiton led OSU to wins over San Diego State 42-7, Cal 52-35 and Florida A&M 76-0. He has thrown 12 TD passes the last three games.

Guiton threw a school-record six touchdowns in the win over Florida A&M.

Still, Miller is such a dynamic player he will be on the field if healthy.

n Same old Wisconsin: The Badgers (3-1) have a new coach in Gary Andersen, but the mantra of lining up and plowing straight ahead with the run continues.

No Montae Ball, no problem.

The Badgers, ranked 23rd/24th, rank third in the NCAA with 349.8 rushing yards per game.

They are led offensively by sophomore RB Melvin Gordon, who leads the Big Ten with 156.0 rushing yards per game to go along with seven TDs. He shares running back duties with senior James White who is averaging 110.5 ypg and three TDs.

n What about the Badger defense? Wisconsin's defense,has allowed only 10.5 ppg this season.

OSU ranks fourth in the NCAA in scoring with 52.5 ppg. OSU also leads the Big Ten in passer efficiency (167.0).

The Buckeyes have had a penchant for jumping on teams early.

5. OSU ranks second in the Big Ten in sacks by with nine, while the Badgers are second in sacks against at three.

Games are won in the trenches, running or passing.

Despite the soft schedule, I look for OSU to come out strong.

I look for Wisconsin to come out strong as well.

I look for the Buckeyes to gain a 28-17 win.