Ohio State seems to be the class of the Big Ten, but Wisconsin would like to have something to say about it when they head to Columbus on Saturday night for what is probably the most important game of the weekend.
The No. 23 Badgers rebounded from their first loss of the season at Arizona State by trouncing Purdue 41-10 at home. Melvin Gordon ran for 147 yards and three scores, while James White added another 145 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Badgers, who had 388 rushing yards in total and are third in the nation in that category. This running game allows them to control the clock, which they’ll need to do on Saturday.
The No. 4 Buckeyes romped to a 76-0 rout of Florida A&M in what was little more than a practice for Ohio State, who were without starting quarterback Braxton Miller due to injury. Kenny Guiton stepped in for Miller and set a school record with six touchdown passes for the Buckeyes, who racked up 603 yards and allowed only 80. There isn’t much to take from this game, although they were able to keep Miller on the sidelines and he should suit up against the Badgers.
Ohio State has a 6.5-point edge on the betting lines at home over Wisconsin, who have lost their last three trips to Columbus, although last year’s 33-29 loss should be encouraging. Wisconsin have to run the ball and keep the Ohio State offense off the field if they’re going to hang with the Buckeyes, and Ohio State did give up 34 points at California two weeks. The Buckeyes are going to be tipped the win and should be the straight-up pick, but going with Wisconsin to cover the 6.5 points wouldn’t be a bad idea at all in what should be a hard-hitting affair.