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This is what everyone expected, right? Both the Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers were picked to play in the Big Ten Championship, but no one expected them to get here how they did. Ohio State didn’t lose a step with a new coach, and dominated its competition. Wisconsin overcame a Gophers team that gave them a run before throttling Minnesota on the road. Can Wisconsin stun Ohio State? All signs point towards no, but that’s why we play the game.
Date: Saturday, December 7th
Start time: 7:00pm CT
How to watch: FOX
Line: Ohio State -16.5
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
Ohio State Buckeyes
QB Justin Fields
RB J.K. Dobbins
DE Chase Young
S Jordan Fuller
WR Chris Olave
RB Jonathan Taylor
OT Cole Van Lanen
C Tyler Biadasz
LB Chris Orr
QB Jack Coan
Ohio State Buckeyes Outlook
If there’s a defense that can stop Ohio State, we’ve yet to see it. The Buckeyes continue to dominate behind their tandem in the backfield. Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins can’t be stopped at this point, and the Buckeyes are rolling towards the playoff. It doesn’t seem like the Badgers are the team to slow them down let alone stop them. Ohio State’s simply too talented.
Chase Young is a man among boys this season. Not only physically, but production-wise too. Teams continue to try and block him with one man, and the results are the same. Wisconsin will utilize multiple lineman and tight ends to keep Young away from Jack Coan, but that still might not be enough. With a playoff berth on the line, the Buckeyes should elevate their game.
Wisconsin Badgers Outlook
Slowing down the game does wonders for the Badgers. Jonathan Taylor’s on pace for a 2,000 yard rushing season, and his team needs him now more than ever. The Badgers made a statement by dominating Minnesota last week to get here, but Ohio State’s a different beast. Taylor and the Badgers line will deal with yet another loaded box, but this one’s the most talented they’ve faced all season. On the other side of the ball, the defense has their hands full as well.
We talked about Fields and Dobbins above, and the Badgers know what they need to do. Finding a way to slow the duo down won’t be easy, but it’s essential to pulling off the upset. Wisconsin held Minnesota’s offense to just 17 points last week, and a similar performance puts them in a great position for a conference championship. Easier said than done, though.
If you’re a Badgers fan, you’re expecting the worst and hoping for the best. Ohio State’s destroying teams more than they ever have, and this game doesn’t figure to be different. If the Badgers defense can slow down the Buckeyes offense and Chase Young isn’t a factor, Wisconsin has a chance. That’s extremely specific though, and everything must go right for that to happen. OHIO STATE 41 WISCONSIN 20