Wisconsin Badgers Look to End Ohio State's Perfect Season

By Connor Muldowney
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Although the Wisconsin Badgers (7-3, 4-2) have already secured a spot in the Big Ten title game, their season would be complete if they could knock off an undefeated Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) team.

The Buckeyes have faced some close competition this season, winning by a combined 13 points against Michigan State, Indiana and Purdue combined.

The Buckeyes have one of the best offenses in the conference, ranking eighth nationally in rush yards(256.1) and 11th nationally in points per game(39.9). A big reason for their offensive success has obviously been the stellar play of Heisman candidate Braxton Miller at quarterback.

The sophomore quarterback is the team’s leading rusher as well as the leader of the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer called Miller one of the most skilled players he has ever coached and definitely one of the best quarterbacks. He has rushed for over 1,100 yards on the ground this year as well as tossing for over 1,700 yards and scoring a combined 27 touchdowns.

The Badgers are ranked in the top 25 in the country in rushing yards per game thanks to 550 yards on the ground in a win last week at Indiana. They also have one of the best defenses in the conference as they allow just 17.2 points per game.

A clash between an offensive powerhouse and a defensive stopper should make for a great game.

Two of the best teams in the Leaders Division that will likely be competing for division titles year after year will provide one of the season’s most compelling games.

It’s not often you see a Big Ten team go unbeaten because of the usual aggressive style of play and this season is one that Ohio State fans hope translates to next year as well when they can actually make a bowl.

However, this is my upset pick of the week and I believe the Badgers will be the team to end the Buckeyes’ magical run to 12-0. The Badgers are an extremely tough team to beat at home and already have one home loss this season. They will make sure that two losses at home is not going to happen while Montee Ball and James White will each rush for over 100 yards and run all over the Buckeyes’ defense in a huge home win.

Wisconsin will prove that they deserve the Leaders Division title instead of having it handed to them because of the Buckeyes’ ineligibility.

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