The Ohio State Buckeyes played their second-straight game without Braxton Miller and it came as no problem as they defeated Florida A&M by the score of 76-0. They are now 4-0 this season and that pushed Urban Meyer‘s record at Ohio State to an unbelievable 16-0 mark.
On the other side of the field, first-year Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen has led this team to a 3-1 record through four games — and the one loss came as one of the most controversial endings to a game in recent college football memory. This Badgers team should easily be 4-0 and the defending Big Ten champs will have the tough task of traveling to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes.
Ohio State, like I said earlier, is playing without Heisman-hopeful — now doubtful — quarterback Braxton Miller who was injured in the team’s second game of the season. Senior quarterback Kenny Guiton has come in for relief work and has played far better than anyone would have imagined. He has passed for 664 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for almost 200 yards and a score. It has created a bit of a quarterback controversy, but the truth of the matter is that this is Miller’s team. Jordan Hall, Ezekiel Elliot and Carlos Hyde combine for a top-five nationally ranked rushing attack.
Joel Stave leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 761 passing yards and six touchdowns while completed just about 65 percent of his passes in his sophomore year. The young quarterback was injured in the middle of the 2012 season, but has come back and performed well, leading a team that should be unbeaten. Melvin Gordon and James White lead the third-best rushing offense in the country. Gordon is heating up in the Heisman conversation with his 624 rushing yards and seven touchdowns to go along with an 11.8 yards per carry average. White adds another 442 yards on the ground with three scores and a modest 7.2 yards per carry mark.
Defensively, the Badgers had a bit of trouble trying to contain Arizona State in the team’s only loss of the season, but Ohio State will be the biggest test for the defense that has allowed 10.5 points per game. Ohio State allowed 15.3 points per game through the first four games and has a tough time slowing lesser teams down. The Badgers’ rushing attack could be in for a field day.
Wisconsin will travel to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 28. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Wisconsin 31, Ohio State 41
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