The Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers are slowly building one of the bigger rivalries in the Big 10. Bad blood between two teams usually means a lot of hype for an upcoming game, and this weekend’s clash will be no different.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema initially caused a stir over the winter when he alleged that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was stealing some verbally committed players from the Badgers. Not necessarily an uncommon thing in college football, but it certainly rubbed Bielema the wrong way. Bielema said they do a lot of recruiting in the state of Ohio and that many players know each other. The Badgers actually have three starters, linebacker Chris Borland, tight end Brian Wozniak, and defensive lineman Pat Muldoon, that are from Ohio.
The Buckeyes hold a 54-17-5 record in the all-time series, including winning every contest between 1960 and 1980, but games in recent years have been much more competitive. Two seasons ago, when Ohio State was 6-0, they visited Wisconsin and were upset 31-18. In 2011, the Buckeyes returned the favor with a heroic 40-yard touchdown toss by Braxton Miller with just 20 seconds left.
As everyone knows, Ohio State has always had a legendary rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, but there is always room for disdain towards more than one team in college football. Buckeyes wide receiver Corey Brown said he hates Wisconsin as much as he hates Michigan.
One thing is for sure, the Badgers would love nothing more than to spoil the Buckeyes bid for a perfect season this Saturday.
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