A ranked Big Ten matchup takes the stage in primetime Saturday night with the No.4 Ohio State Buckeyes taking on the No.23 Wisconsin Badgers. This will be an 8 pm ET kickoff on ABC from Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
Sat, Sept. 28th, 2013 @ 8:00pm ET
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
- Who’s Favored?
Buckeyes by 6 ~ 55.5 o/u @ BetOnline
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Ohio State has been criticized for its lack of competition on the schedule, but then again that really isn’t their fault that the Big Ten is so weak. So when the Buckeyes get a chance to play a ranked team, they need to seize their opportunity. That is exactly what is in front of them come Saturday night, with the bruising Badgers coming to town.
Wisconsin in all likelihood should be ranked higher and undefeated if not for the catastrophe that happened at Arizona State a couple of weeks ago with the clock issue at the end. A win over Ohio State on Saturday night would certainly help ease the pain of that.
To get the upset, the Badgers will have to play their game. They are not a quick-strike offense like the Buckeyes. They are an effective offense, but they run the ball and that takes up more clock. Controlling the time of possession will be a key factor in this one. If Wisconsin holds the ball for seven or eight minutes longer than Ohio State that could be big.
As for the Buckeyes, they have a quarterback issue of sorts. They have two capable players, and with Braxton Miller back to being healthy, coach Urban Meyer says Miller will ‘probably start’ this week. That would be in place of back up Kenny Guiton, who has been on fire in his replacement of the injured Miller.
Guiton threw 12 touchdown passes in three games, setting a new school record. There is no question that Guiton is the better passer, but Miller has that X factor and dynamic playmaking ability that few others do.
It should be interesting to see how this game oes early on. If Ohio State struggles offensively, don’t be surprised to see both of the quarterbacks in the game.