The NCAA football Week 7 schedule has several marquee match-ups, but none may be bigger than Ohio State vs. Wisconsin. The nightcap in the Big Ten features the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes taking on the No. 8 ranked Wisconsin Badgers from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
While the Ohio State Buckeyes lost several key players to the NFL draft after the 2015-16 season, they somehow are still collecting wins at a record pace. However, the undefeated Buckeyes will be tested this Saturday as they prepare to face one of the best defenses in college football at one of the toughest stadiums for an opposing team to win.
According to SB Nation, the last time these two teams met, it was a one-sided, ugly, WWE style type smack down. Well, that is if you are a Badgers fan, it was ugly. If you were rooting for Ohio State, it was a thing of beauty.
Ohio State dominated Wisconsin back on December 6, 2014 in the Big Ten championship game to the tune of 59-0. The loss was the worst suffered by the Badgers since 1979 – ironically that also happened to be a 59-0 loss to OSU. Add to that, OSU has won three of the last four overall meetings, with the last win for the Badgers coming in 2010.
After seeing those stats, you would have to wonder how in the world Wisconsin will be able to keep up with OSU tonight. That’s easy. They are at home.
There is something about the Badgers when they play in front of the hometown faithful. And when they are a home underdog, it just seems to make the chip on their shoulder even bigger.
Wisconsin is coming off of a bye week after a tough 14-7 loss at Michigan two weeks ago. While the offense didn’t show much that day, the defense once again proved it is among the best in college football, holding the high-powered Wolverines offense to 14 points. Heading into that game, Michigan was averaging 52 points per game.
Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook wasn’t happy with his performance that day in Ann Arbor, and he can’t wait to hit the field this weekend.
“I think we’re all excited (to face Ohio State at night),” Wisconsin redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook said. “It’s going to be an awesome atmosphere here at night in front of our fans. I can’t wait to play.”
Hornibrook will face another tough defense weekend in Ohio State. If he can lead the Badgers to an upset win over Ohio State, it will give Wisconsin a legitimate shot at a run at the playoffs.
Las Vegas odds makers have installed Ohio State as an 11-point favorite, with the over/under number set at 44.
Prediction – This game is going to be closer than experts believe. With both defenses playing well right now, the team that makes the fewest mistakes should win this game. Ohio State is always tough as nails no matter who they play, but so far in 2016, they haven’t played a team with this type of defense.
The Badgers have faced LSU, Michigan State, and Michigan. That is going to help them this weekend. Ohio State has had a weak schedule up to this point. While they did face the Oklahoma Sooners in Week 2, we learned that OU isn’t as good as they were hyped up to be this season.
Wisconsin at home +11 looks good. This game may come down to which team has the ball last.
Fans can catch all of the action for Ohio State vs. Wisconsin nationally on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET. It will also be streaming live through Watch ESPN and ESPN3.
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