College Football Week 12: #6 Ohio State At Wisconsin
- CoachingUrban Meyer has to be wondering why his school didn’t self-impose a bowl ban last season. Instead, the Buckeys are undefeated but won’t play in the postseason.Brett Beilema’s team will return to the Big Ten Championship, clinching a spot with a blowout win over Indiana last week.
- OffenseOSU was off last week, but the last time out they racked up 567 yards, albeit against Illinois. Carlos Hyde gave quarterback Braxton Miller some support in the run game.After not being able to run the ball at all the previous week, Wisconsin ran for 564 yards last Saturday. Five hundred sixty four. If a team can handle its rushing attack, though, it’s unclear whether the Badgers move the ball through the air.
- DefenseThe Buckeyes were dominant against Illinois, but so has most every team. Throughout the season, this defense has struggled, but it does appear to be improving.Wisconsin is 16th in the country in yards per play allowed. Not since September has an opponent scored more than 14 points against the Badgers.
- Special TeamsOSU gave up a lot of yardage against Illinois on punt and kickoff returns. That is typical for the Buckeyes, which have been bad on special teams in Meyer’s first year.Wisconsin’s special teams play has been nothing special. They could use a big play in the return game to take some pressure of their offense.
This game could go either way, especially if Wisconsin’s breakout game last week was no fluke. Ohio State is simply playing to stay undefeated, perhaps not enough motivation with Michigan up next. -Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor