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College Football Week 12: #6 Ohio State At Wisconsin

Ohio State
Wisconsin
Illinois v Ohio State
Illinois v Wisconsin
Coaching
Winner Urban 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.
Offense
Winner OSU 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.
Defense
The 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.
Winner 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 Teams
OSU 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.
Winner 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.

The Winner Is

Illinois v Wisconsin
Winner Wisconsin
2 out of 4

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

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