Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin: Week Six Preview—Free History Lesson Included

By HD Handshoe

No. 8 Ohio State (4-1) hosts No. 25 Wisconsin (5-0) Saturday at 3:30 in the Shoe.

Many, myself included, believe Wisconsin's perfect record is a result of a weak schedule, rather than them being a quality team.

That being said, this week will prove one way or another if the Badgers really are a good team, or if their opponents just have really been that bad, regardless of my personal opinion.

Will Terrelle get to play hero again this year?

10/10/2009—Game Six—3:30PM Kickoff


Here is the recent and all-time history between Ohio State and Wisconsin, and a few other tidbits:

• Ohio State leads the all-time head-to-head series (52-17-5).

• Ohio State is 12-7-1 vs. Wisconsin in the last 20 meetings (dating back to 1985).

• The last Ohio State loss at home to Wisconsin was in 2004 by a score of 24-13 (That year, Wisconsin was 9-3 and Ohio State was 8-4).

• Jim Tressel is 3-3 (1-2 at home) vs. Wisconsin, outscoring them 117-109, or an average game score of 20-18.

• Ohio State is currently 4-1 and their 2009 opponents have all been FBS teams with a combined W/L record of 14-10.

• Wisconsin is 5-0 and their 2009 opponents include one FCS opponent and four FBS opponents with a combined W/L record of 10-14.

• Bret Bielema is 0-2 vs. Ohio State since taking over the Badgers in 2006.

• Wisconsin's last Big Ten title was in 1999.

Keys to the game:

The Buckeye defense will need to contain RB John Clay and force QB Scott Tolzien into mistakes. If Wisconsin is forced to try and win throwing the ball, the Buckeyes should prevail. If Clay breaks through and has a big day, the Bucks could be in trouble.

Ultimately, I expect the Buckeyes to win, but the game could be low scoring, and close most of the way.

I did not expect Wisconsin to be 5-0, but again, looking at their schedule, it isn't exactly a shock either. If UW had played OSU's schedule, I'm pretty confident that they'd be 3-2 or 2-3 instead of 5-0, but that's just an opinionated, educated, semi-unbiased guess.

Conservative final score prediction:

Ohio State 27
Wisconsin 17

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1 comment:

  1. you sir, are an !d!ot, wisconsin would be 4-1 in your schedule as well, you have played no good schools, NIU and Fresno State are both better than the teams you played and would be 4-1 with the buckeyes schedule


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