By: Teddy Ellison
Madison Wisconsin remains one of the toughest venues to play at in all of college sports, and do not expect Saturday to be any different. Wisconsin sits tied for second in the Big Ten’s Leaders division, and with a win on Saturday could pretty much punch their tickets for the Big Ten title game. With the undefeated Buckeyes heading to town and this much at stake, we can expect Madison to be rocking.
Despite a 10-0 start the Ohio State Buckeyes remain 6th in the AP Top 25—behind two one loss teams. The biggest hurt is that the team is essentially playing for nothing but pride this year due to sanctions, but this has not stopped them yet. The team has won some nail-biters and pulled some impressive blowouts, but are still lacking the respect you would expect from an unbeaten Big Ten team.
The problem lies in the conference itself. The Big Ten has had a terrible year and currently has only three ranked teams—one of which is ineligible for the post season. Ohio State’s reputation has been hurt because of the lackluster play of its opponents.
Nevertheless, an unbeaten season is an unbeaten season, and this one should be no different. If Ohio State can pass this test in Wisconsin they will have one more tough game at home before the entire city of Columbus goes crazy.
To win on Saturday, the Buckeyes will need to slow down Montee Ball, which is a nearly impossible task. Ohio State has struggled against the run, and will likely have to match Wisconsin’s running game with its own ground attack.
In a game where the number 17 (Wisconsin) rushing attack faces the number 8 (Ohio State) rushing attack, the game will be decided by quarterback play. Braxton Miller’s leadership will give Ohio State the win in Madison and solidify the young quarterback as a true Heisman candidate. Final Score: 31-28.