The No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes easily handled the Northwestern Wildcats last week to move to 7-0 on the season and remain one of just 10 undefeated teams in the NCAA. Now, the Buckeyes look to stay perfect as they face one of those teams which fell out of that ring of honor last weekend: Wisconsin.
Yes. It is still shocking to believe that the Badgers managed to fall to Illinois -- and on a last second field goal, no less. In that matchup, despite leading by nine points heading into the fourth quarter (and also not having trailed the entire season), Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan and Heisman candidate running back Jonathon Taylor both had crucial turnovers which sparked a comeback for the Illini. In the end, Coan was 24-of-32 passing for 264 yards, a touchdown and the aforementioned interception. Taylor, meanwhile, rushed 28 times for 132 yards and a touchdown of his own.
Nonetheless, Wisconsin is 6-1 on the season, and remains a formidable and angry opponent as Paul Chryst’s team takes the field today. And despite their gaffes on offense last week, the Badgers boast the top total defense in the nation, allowing just 193.9 yards per game. Paul Chryst is 48-13 in his fifth season in Madison, and has continued to keep the program at a high level (last week’s performance notwithstanding). Chryst’s Badgers have won the Big Ten West twice during his tenure -- including that time the Badgers fell 59-0 to Ohio State in the 2014 Big Ten Championship -- and have won four-straight bowl games.
But then there’s the Buckeyes, who have the No. 2 total defense in the country with a mere 229 yards allowed per game (yes, significantly more than Wisconsin, but still good). Against Northwestern, Ohio State gave up just 199 yards and a field goal to the Wildcat offense. Meanwhile, the Buckeye offense more than doubled up Northwestern with 480 total yards, including 194 through the air from Justin Fields and 121 on the ground from J.K. Dobbins. Four different receivers caught five passing touchdowns on the evening.
The Buckeyes are 14.5-point favorites over Wisconsin. Historically, Ohio State holds a 59-18-5 advantage over its Big Ten opponent. Back home in Columbus, the Buckeyes look to stay on track against its toughest test of the season.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 26, 12 p.m.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Online: FOX Sports GO
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
Well, the crew is heading to Brookings. If you need more information than that, you’re not alone. The pregame show is headed to South Dakota ahead of the matchup between the North Dakota State Bison (alma mater of Carson Wentz) and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. It’s the first time Corso and company have been to South Dakota State, but there were those two times the crew went to in Fargo in 2013 and 2014. NDSU enters the game with a pristine, 7-0 record while SDSU is just behind at 6-1, and NDSU is a 4.5-point favorite over its southern rival.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
After a somewhat quiet week last week, all 14 Big Ten programs are in action today. Kicking things off alongside the Buckeyes at noon, No. 20 Iowa travels to Evanston to take on Northwestern on ESPN2. Meanwhile, Illinois, still riding its high from last week, heads to Purdue and Rutgers faces Liberty in Piscataway, both on BTN and also at noon. In the 3:30 p.m. time slot, No. 6 Rutgers faces Michigan State in East Lansing on ABC, Maryland travels to No. 17 (and still undefeated) Minnesota on ESPN and Indiana heads to Nebraska on BTN. Capping the day off is that fateful matchup between No. 19 Michigan and No. 8 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on ABC -- a game no one reading this thread wants anyone to win.
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