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Fresh off their new No. 1 ranking, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be on upset alert when they travel to Madison, Wis., Saturday.
After defeating Indiana, 38-10, the Buckeyes will look to keep their undefeated record in tact. However, as history tell us, it won’t be an easy task for Ohio State.
In the past Wisconsin has had success against Jim Tressel’s Buckeyes, despite not coming away on top since 2004. Last season at the Horseshoe, Wisconsin did everything they could not to win. Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien threw two pick-6’s at the two most importuned times.
After driving to Ohio State’s 11-yard line, Kurt Coleman took back a poor Tolzien throw 89 yards to give the Buckeyes the early edge. Still, the Badgers found themselves still in the game, only trailing by four at halftime.
Enter Tolzien’s second mistake.
On the first drive of the second half, Tolzien threw another pick-6, this time courtesy of Jermale Hines. The Badgers fell 31-13, in a game where the Wisconsin defense held Terrelle Pryor to just five competitions for 87 yards, and the Ohio State running game to a pedestrian 3.6 yard-per-carry average.
Now, Tolzien and co. will get their chance at redemption.
Although ranked No. 1 in all major polls, many doubt whether or not Ohio State is deserving of the spot. Ohio State’s first and only test thus far came in Week 2, when they defeated Miami thanks in large part to quarterback Jacory Harris’ inept ability to throw to the right team. Now, Ohio State goes on the road for just their second time all season.
The last time they left Ohio Stadium, the Fighting Illini gave them everything they could handle. Remarkably enough, Ohio State only has four away games this season.
Meanwhile, after being ranked in the top 10 for the first few weeks of the season, Wisconsin fell to Michigan State. Still, with a balance offense that features Tolzien and a two-headed running back tandem in John Clay and James White, Wisconsin will give the Buckeyes some trouble. The two, Clay and White, have accounted for 1,177 yards and 17 touchdowns in six games.
It’s never an easy task to play at Camp Randall Stadium as Wisconsin will benefit from the 80,321 in attendance. If Wisconsin can limit Pryor on the ground and let him beat them in the air, we could very well see a new No. 1 team come Monday.
And then, the debate would really begin.