I consider myself a pretty happy person. I've managed to figure out that sports, while fun and something I love passionately, isn't the be-all and end-all that I used to think it was. Age and life tend to put things into perspective, I guess.
And I also guess that's a good thing.
But when it comes to college football and Ohio State's last two opponents, that proper perspective gets thrown out the window. And I really don't care.
I've grown to hate Michigan, like any OSU fan does, but at the end of the day, I respect the program. I also understand that you can have no yin without a yang, no mashed potatoes without gravy, and no Woody without Bo. And beating Michigan will always – always be satisfying.
But Wisconsin? Eff 'em.
Bret Bielema is a guy you just love to hate, isn't he? He's an over rated coach, can be an even more insensitive ass than I can, which is saying something, and he's had a pretty good run in Madison. But he's gone to the well once too often with his quarterback courtships, and one day, his 'it's what the card said' attitude of running up the score is going to come back to haunt him.
I would love for that spectre to be Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes this week.
Over the last decade, there has been no team that has been a bigger pain in the ass to Ohio State than Wisconsin. They almost ended the 2002 undefeated season (well, damn near everyone in the B1G almost did), they did end OSU's undefeated season in 2003 (the Rob Reynolds choking Jim Sorgi game), thumped OSU in '04, and beat a #1 ranked Buckeye team in 2010. Wisconsin was the only B1G team Jim Tressel didn't have a winning record against (.500), and although the Buckeyes had some satisfaction in their last second hail mary win last season, it didn't keep Wisconsin from going to the Rose Bowl.
And a win Saturday night won't do that either. While OSU clinched the Leaders division, Wisconsin clinched the Leaders division spot in the conference championship game this past weekend. But Wisconsin has had a very up and down campaign, and their defense has been average at times.
While Ohio State's defense has been middling for a better part of the season, they have really come on strong the last two or three games. With Etienne Sabino coming back, there is a reasonable expectation that OSU will be able to hold up against the Wisconsin running game.
If that's the case, nothing...NOTHING...would please me more than to see Bret Bielema on the wrong end of a 65-14 score. He's run it up on hapless opponents more than once, he was the first guy to start bitching about Urban Meyer and how he recruits when he came into the conference, and I am pretty sure Meyer hasn't forgotten. With Braxton Miller having a Heisman-like season, and an offense that can be downright explosive, it's not out of the realm of possibility that OSU could put their foot on Wisconsin's neck and not take it off until Bielema chokes.
Wisconsin has only played one quality opponent in conference play this year, and that was their opener at Nebraska. Taylor Martinez had one of his better games, throwing for 182 yards and running for 107 more as he lead Nebraska on a dramatic 30-27 come from behind win.
I'll take a 30-27 win, don't get me wrong, but if OSU were to go Nebraska-mode on the Badgers and hang 63 on them, while holding Bucky to 17 or 20 points, it would be as satisfying a win I could imagine as an OSU fan.
Wisconsin can bleat all they want about going to Indianapolis with the possibility of an almost unprecedented 3rd straight trip to Pasadena, but it already rings hollow. It would be even more hollow indeed if they had to look at a 63-21 drubbing while they're ringing that bell.
Or pounding that gong.
Go Bucks, beat Wisconsin.