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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ohio State vs Wisconsin Preview - Depth Chart - TV Schedule


What will the Big Ten Championship look like later this year? We might get a preview of it in Week 7 when Ohio State travels to Wisconsin.
In some ways, both teams have been pleasant surprises. Ohio State was thepreseason favorite to win the Big Ten, but how many people outside Columbus thought a team that had just lost 12 players to the draft (and then some in undrafted free agency) would look this impressive this quickly? Even for a recruiting wizard like Urban Meyer, this team looks slightly ahead of schedule.
If you really want to talk surprises, though, look no further than the Badgers. At 4-1, the lone loss is by seven points to Michigan. And while the wins over LSU and Michigan State have lost some luster, there's no question this team has outperformed expectations.
Can Wisconsin keep it going in its biggest game of the year... at home... at night
Ohio State storyline: Last week, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Indiana had "the best defense we've faced, and that includes Oklahoma." That bold statement didn't include an important, but implied caveat: "so far." (By the way, Ohio State won 38-17.) The Buckeyes will face stiffer defenses over the next seven weeks, starting in Week 7 against the Badgers. Wisconsin ranks as the sixth-best defense nationally according to S&P rankings from Football Outsiders -- one spot ahead of Ohio State.
The Buckeyes' offense has been good; it's hard to argue with 53.2 points per game. However, the passing attack has been hit-or-miss. J.T. Barrett completed 43 percent of his passes vs. Indiana and a consistent deep threat the likes of Michael Thomas or Devin Smith hasn't emerged yet. The Heisman race continues to be Lamar Jackson's to lose, but Barrett can make a big push for himself with a good showing against the Badgers. If Ohio State can get some explosive plays through the air, it should be cooking.
Wisconsin storyline: Have the Badgers overachieved? Or are they continuing to benefit from past narratives? On one hand, Wisconsin gave Michigan the fight of its season so far in a 14-7 loss. On the other, wins over LSU and Michigan State aren't anything close to the "top-10" victories they were at the time. We'll get a much better understanding of what Wisconsin is and isn't after this weekend. Keep in mind, too, the Badgers are still in the middle of a tough stretch with games against Iowa and Nebraska remaining.
The key for Wisconsin is to keep this game lower scoring. The Badgers are effective running the ball when healthy, but don't possess a particularly explosive offense.
Game pick: Wisconsin +10.5. Defense alone makes Wisconsin against the spread enticing. Ohio State can put together some potent drives, but this will easily be the best defense it has faced all season. Neither team gives up a lot of points, but Ohio State has been particularly good at turning takeaways directly into points. The Badgers need to be careful there, especially with what has been a below average passing attack. Ultimately, Wisconsin has the defense to keep this interesting, but Ohio State has shown it can go on the road and pick up big wins.
Washington -8.5

7:00p ETESPN
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
12:00p ETABC
Memorial Stadium
12:00p ETESPN
Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
12:00p ETFS1
Jones AT&T Stadium
3:30p ETCBS
Neyland Stadium
3:30p ETABC, ESP2
Memorial Stadium
3:30p ETFS1
McLane Stadium
3:30p ETESPN
Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium
3:30p ETABC, ESP2
Hard Rock Stadium
3:30p ETCBSS
Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium
3:45p ETESPU
Carrier Dome
4:00p ETSECN
Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
4:00p ETPACN
Reser Stadium
7:00p ETESPN
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
7:00p ETESP2
TDECU Stadium
8:00p ETABC
Camp Randall Stadium
10:15p ETESP2
Albertsons Stadium

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