Before every Ohio State football game, the LGHL Tailgate podcast will get you ready with all of the information that you need for that day’s game. Legendary Columbus sports reporter Lori Schmidt from 610 WTVN will also join us to give her signature insight into the contest.
Today at noon, the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, who are 7-0 on the season will face their first legitimate threat of the season as the 13th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers visit The Horseshoe. After winning their first six games in impressive fashion, Paul Chryst’s Badgers lost to Lovie Smith’s Illinois Fighting Illini on a last-second field goal last week by the score of 24-23.
That unexpected loss put a bit of a damper on the proceedings in Columbus today, but there is still a ton on the line for both teams, which we will get into a little bit later.
On Friday, the Ohio State athletic department released the Buckeyes’ depth chart and availability report, and we are seeing some nagging injuries return.
Most importantly, starting left tackle Thayer Munford and Primary middle linebacker Baron Browning have both been cleared to return. Browning sat out last week’s game against Northwestern, while Munford didn’t start, but was forced into action to help solidify a sketchy offensive line in the first half.
Also of interest this week is the collection of players who will be game-time decisions; starting defensive end Jonathon Cooper — who missed the first four games of the season — senior wide receiver Austin Mack and sophomore linebacker Teradja Mitchell, both of whom reportedly dealt with injuries in the preseason.
In the event that Cooper doesn’t play, Tyreke Smith will start in his place. And if Mack is unable to go, Chris Olave will as the Z receiver.
No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (-15) at Northwestern Wildcats | over/under 49
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Oct, 26, 12 noon ET
Location: Columbus, Ohio | Ohio Stadium
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Temperature: 53°F with a 100% chance of rain at kickoff
Matt’s Game Prediction: 38-17
Justin Fields: 220 yards passing, 3 passing TDs
J.K. Dobbins: 120 rushing yards, 2 TDs
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