#12/14 Ohio State v. #15 Wisconsin

#12/14 Ohio State v. #15 Wisconsin
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#12/14 Ohio State v. #15 Wisconsin

Camp Randall, Madison Wisconsin
Kickoff: 8pm
TV: ABC

Was Wisconsin looking ahead to Ohio State?  It sure looked like it during the second half meltdown at Michigan last week.  The Badgers had the game in hand at the half with a 19-0 lead over the Wolverines but seemed to lose focus as the game wore on.  How will Wisconsin react to an embarrassing defeat in a must win situation at home?  Ohio State is also in a must win situation for respect after four top ten teams lost (three to unranked squads) and the pollsters not voting the Buckeyes up any spots.  Had Wisconsin entered this game undefeated, an Ohio State victory surely would have increased the remote possibility of a return to the national championship.  Unfortunately the game has lost some of its luster but it still means everything when it comes down to the Big Ten crown and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

By Pete Quint

OSU “O”

It was great to see Beanie Wells get his share of the carries last week.  He just makes everyone around him better.  It also helps Terrelle Pryor continue to grow into the quarterback position.  With Beanie back the Minnesota defense had to respect the OSU ground game and out of nowhere Brian Robiskie scores two touchdowns.  I expected to see more of Robo this season but it seems that with Beanie injured he was double teamed.  Wisconsin was burned in the second half by the Wolverine running game and that will be the key to the game.  I think Wisconsin will use their incredible front seven lead by pass rush specialist defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and All-American candidate linebacker DeAndre Levy to load up and stop the running game and dare Pryor to throw the ball. 

OSU “D”

At 5-11, 236 lbs, running back P.J. Hill continues the Wisconsin tradition of lining up a certified Clydesdale in the backfield.  With 449 yards and a 4.9 average yards per carry, Hill is a threat anytime he touches the ball.  Hill will capture the attention of the Buckeye defense and could open up the passing game for the Badgers.  Quarterback Alan Evridge has been outstanding in distributing the ball as nine Badger wide receivers are averaging 11 or more yards per catch.  Big tight end Garrett Graham is Evridge’s go-to guy.  Graham averages 14 yards per catch and has recorded three touchdowns so far this season.  H-Back Lance Kendricks is a home-run hitter with only five catches through four games for 131 yards (26.2 ypc).  Quarterback pressure will be vital if the Buckeyes are to secure a victory.  Unfortunately the pass rush isn’t typical of an OSU defense and many opposing quarterbacks have had plenty of time to distribute the ball.  The Buckeye defense must get nasty with this huge offensive line (no one listed under 300 lbs.) and disrupt the passing game.

Summary

Both teams are in a must win situation for the remainder of the season.  Camp Randall and the Wisconsin fans are the loudest and most intimidating fans in the Big Ten.  In Wisconsin’s favor, the current Buckeyes have never visited Madison and will be in for a rough night as the Badger faithful will have all day to get good and sauced up for the contest (trust me when I say Cheeseheads know how to party).  Not even the Los Angeles Coliseum will match the intensity of Camp Randall and the Wisconsin fan base.  The Buckeyes will have to dig deep for a win and I think that the OSU secondary will have to play almost flawless for the victory.  Hill will get his yards and touchdowns but the Bucks can’t get beat through the air or this one will be over quickly. 

Prediction:

OSU 24 – Wisconsin 14

Why OSU will win:

Wisconsin will not respect young Terrelle Pryor and dare him to throw the ball.  Pryor will have Badger burgers for a late night snack.

Why OSU will lose:

Beanie must stay healthy or the game plan could blow up in the Buckeye’s faces.  Without Beanie, the Badger defense is too good for a sloppy OSU offensive line.

Fun stats of the game:

-The last time Ohio State was in Madison was five years ago in 2003; it was also a night game.  The 10-3 loss snapped OSU’s 19-game win streak.

-No current OSU player has ever visited Camp Randall donning the Scarlet and Gray.

-In Camp Randall, the Badgers have won 27 of the last 28 match-ups including the last 16 straight.

Last time they met was…

Ohio Stadium, 2007.  Todd Boeckman and Beanie Wells put a hurtin’ on the Badgers 38-17 in Columbus.

Wisconsin players to watch:

Junior TE #89 Garrett Graham
Junior RB #39 P.J. Hill
Sophomore WR #85 David Gilreath
Senior QB #4 Allan Evridge
Sophomore HB # 84 Lance Kendricks
Senior LB #11 DeAndre Levy
Junior LB #47 Jaevery McFadden
Senior DE #92 Matt Shaughnessy

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