The No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes are firing on all cylinders. After a program record eighth-straight win over then-No. 13 Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Buckeyes look primed to take on No. 8 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
While Ohio State’s berth in the conference championship with the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State, the Big Ten West champ was still TBD heading into the final week of regular season play. With a dominant win over then-No. 8 Minnesota -- at Minnesota in the snow, no less -- Wisconsin secured its spot in the championship for the sixth time since the game’s inception in 2011. Those six appearances are the most of any program in the Big Ten (this year marks Ohio State’s fifth appearance).
Ohio State enters the game with the top-ranked total defense, the No. 4 scoring offense and the No. 4 running back in the nation in total yards in J.K. Dobbins. Plus, the Buckeyes still have Heisman hopefuls in quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young who are looking to put in one last push for the trophy against Wisconsin.
On the other side, Wisconsin has a Heisman contender of its own in Jonathan Taylor, who had three total touchdowns against Minnesota and is second in the nation in total rushing yards with 1,761. The Badgers are also bringing a stout defense to Indy, which is allowing a mere 277 yards per game.
Still, the Buckeyes exposed the Badgers in their regular season matchup in October in Columbus. Dobbins ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns against the then-top-ranked Wisconsin defense, while Young recorded four sacks and five tackles for loss.
The Buckeyes are 16.5-point favorites over Wisconsin. With this year’s regular season win in the books, Ohio State holds a 60-18-5 record over its Big Ten opponent. Now, Ohio State looks to secure its spot in the CFP with its third-straight Big Ten Championship game victory.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Online: FOX Sports GO
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
The crew is heading to Atlanta ahead of the matchup of No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Georgia in the SEC title game -- the eighth time the show has aired from this particular championship game. Corso and company also attended the SEC Championship last season.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
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