The Ohio State football team travels to Madison for a night game against the Wisconsin Badgers. Here are three predictions for the game.
The Ohio State football team heads west for a showdown with Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin Badgers this upcoming Saturday evening. While the talent on the field should lead one to assume a comfortable victory for Ohio State, Camp Randall has historically been a tough place for the Buckeyes to play.
The Badgers enter the game with a 5-2 record, including a 25-21 win over Illinois last weekend. And while Wisconsin still has All-Big Ten running back, Braelon Allen to lead the way, they will be without its starting quarterback, Tanner Mordecai, who will be out with a broken hand.
Freshman Braedyn Locke started last week for the Badgers and looked solid. He finished 21 of 41 passing for 241 yards and two touchdowns. But the Wisky defense will need to step up if they want to compete with Ohio State as they are 40th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 18.3 points per game.
Here are three bold predictions for the game.
No. 1) Wisconsin keeps it close through halftime
Ohio State is coming off a tough, emotional win last weekend against Penn State. So much emphasis since the Notre Dame game has been put into that one. It would only be natural if the Buckeyes started off a little slow in this game.
Now that won’t be ideal as this Camp Randall crowd is one of the best atmospheres in all of college football. The ruckus atmosphere alone could keep the Badgers in this game for a bit. Not to mention that Luke Fickell is one of the best coaches in the nation. He will have his team motivated and ready to play this game.
With a freshman quarterback, I would expect Fickell to try and use Braelon Allen early and often and try to slow this game to a crawl. The Badgers will use the running clock to their advantage, at least for a half as I believe Wisconsin will keep the score within a touchdown heading into halftime.