Ohio State vs. Wisconsin fearless prediction and game preview.
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 26
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Ohio State (7-0) vs. Wisconsin (6-1) Game Preview
Why Ohio State Will Win
Speed, speed, more athleticism, and more speed.
Lost in the colossal Wisconsin gag at Illinois was how it really happened. Turnover margin was the biggest part of it – the team gave it up just once all year and then twice in the final six minutes in Champaign – the defense didn’t hold when it had the chance, and Illini QB Brandon Peters connected on enough deep passes to pull it off.
He only completed nine throws on the day, but he threw two touchdown passes and hit on a couple of downfield attempts that tested the Badger corners. That’s all it took to open things up.
Justin Fields is averaging over nine yards per throw.
Wisconsin should be able to hammer away. It should be able to grind out the clock, run reasonably well, and do all the things it did over the first six weeks to join the Buckeyes in the discussion of the nation’s sharpest teams.
What it won’t be able to do is stop the vast array of receiving weapons that will keep on coming.
It’s not just that the Buckeyes have NFL talent in the backfield in JK Dobbins – he’s enough of a problem as a receiver as well as a runner – it’s that the receiving corps is ridiculously deep. OSU has too many big play threats and too many playmakers. As long as Fields has time for the routes to develop, look out.
So yeah, give Wisconsin the time of possession battle. Ohio State might only need seconds to strike.
Why Wisconsin Will Win
Ohio State has been punched in the mouth by …
Nebraska? Not really. Northwestern? It gave it the old college try.
Part of Wisconsin’s way of life is to rely on what works. Yeah, head coach Paul Chryst was conservative and didn’t go full-throttle against Illinois, and why would he? With this defense, why take any chances against a mediocre Illini O, especially when up two scores late.
This is when the offensive line gets to eat.
Jonathan Taylor was just fine against Illinois – up until the fumble – but the running game only came up with 156 yards. The other time the ground game struggled? Northwestern. The defenses have something to do with that, but those were the only two times Wisconsin didn’t win in dominating blowouts because the coaching staff seemed to figure it didn’t have to do anything special.
That changes this week.
The Badger offensive front got into a lather right away against Michigan, and it ground out 359 yards. It destroyed Michigan State from the word go two weeks ago. It’s not going to steamroller over this group of Buckeyes, but they haven’t seen anything like what’s coming.
They also haven’t seen a pass rush like the Badgers are about to bring.
There’s nothing too crazy about what Wisconsin does, but it’s tremendous at dialing up the big rush on key third down plays. For the first time all year, Justin Fields is going to be knocked around a bit.
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What’s Going To Happen
There are two types of teams that beat Wisconsin. The first is the inferior opponent that just so happens to get the right turnovers at the right times on the right day – that was Illinois. The other is the superior team with the talent and athleticism that exposes the lack of Badger mega-star recruits.
Ohio State isn’t going to have it easy.
Wisconsin’s Illinois loss is probably the worst thing that could’ve happened to the Buckeyes. It’s not like either side will be any more focused or intense now, but it takes away any sort of cockiness the Badgers might have had. There were and are flaws on the team, and Illinois was able to expose them a bit.
Ohio State will go on a second half microburst of points to put the game away, and then the defense will clamp down with the phenomenal secondary erasing the Badger receivers. But it’ll still be a punishing fight along the way.
Wisconsin will show that it really is that good, and Ohio State will show that it really is national championship-caliber great.
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Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Prediction, Line
Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 17
Ohio State -14.5, o/u: 49.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
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