The Ohio State Buckeyes have one of the most explosive offenses in the country thanks to Urban Meyer and his aggressive spread offense. That won’t scare the Wisconsin Badgers, however, heading into their Big Ten showdown this weekend. This defense not only has the confidence of shutting down the Buckeyes last season, but they’ve been practicing against other spread attacks during their early-season schedule.
Last year, Wisconsin kept the Ohio State attack bottled up and held them to their lowest offensive output of the season. They’ll be looking to do it again on Saturday in Columbus and have been tuning up for this game by facing three spread offensive attacks in their first four games. So far, they’re 2-1 against spreads with the one loss coming to the Arizona State Sun Devils on a bizarre ending. Ohio State is on another level offensively, however, and will present a whole new challenge for Wisconsin.
Nose guard Beau Allen feels like their experience against those other spread teams will only help against the Buckeyes:
“We’ve faced spread offenses three times this year. We’ve done a good job of shutting down the run. Against [Arizona State], we gave up too many passing yards. How comfortable and familiar we’ve become practicing and defending spread teams goes a long way.”
Allen will look to lead the Badgers’ front-seven in their new, aggressive 3-4 scheme that new head coach Gary Andersen has implemented. So far, they’ve gotten excellent results, allowing just 2.5 yards per rush and 4.9 yards per pass attempt through four games as they rank in the top 10 nationally for yards allowed, rush yards allowed, points allowed and passing efficiency.
These first four games, however, have merely been a warm-up for the athleticism they’re going to face on Saturday. Ohio State is quickly becoming a full-fledged Urban Meyer team and has the offense to blow through the Big Ten schedule this season. Wisconsin is confident that they are prepared for what’s coming their way but can they step up their defensive intensity to steal a win in Columbus?
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