Ohio State is 10-0 with two tangles with Wisconsin and Michigan respectively standing between them and perfection. The journey of a million miles begins with a single step, and that step is unfortunately shadowed by a shirtless and possibly inebriated Bret Bielema. We've talked about this, Bret. Please stick to the jump suits, at least in public.
The Badgers have had a rough year relative to their recent BCS bowl qualifying glory, but with Montee Ball and a stout defense, can never be overlooked.
In order to break down how these two teams head-to-head, we've done the leg work and compiled a fairly comprehensive collection of the most pertinent stats to help compare things a bit more objectively (we said "a bit"). A few quick observations from what the statistics seem to indicate:
- The conventional wisdom that this is going to be a clash of a great offense and a great defense seem to be spot on; Ohio State dominates the offensive statistics while the Badgers have a monopoly on the defensive front (though some, specifically those not related to pass defense, aren't too terribly separated).
- In terms of sacks allowed, the Ohio State offensive line continues to be a wonder. Perhaps some of it have to do with how the offense moves Braxton Miller outside of the pocket? This line definitely doesn't feel as frustrating as even many of the Bollman coached groups did.
- Ben Buchanan is bested again. This is my not surprised face.
- In match ups this even historically (e.g. unstoppable force versus immovable object), the tie tends to go to the defense. Let's hope that's not the case in this occurrence.