No one would describe the Ohio State football game against Wisconsin as a work of art. It was not a pretty game from either team. There wasn’t a lot of scoring. Yet, the Buckeyes showed something they’ve shown multiple times this season; they can grind out wins.
Ohio State beat Wisconsin 24-10 because they were able to make enough plays in the fourth quarter. TreVeyon Henderson and Marvin Harrison Jr. were both spectacular. Kyle McCord was not. Yet, Ohio State is talented enough on defense that they can win these low-scoring affairs.
They’ve done it multiple times this season. They beat Notre Dame on a last-second touchdown. Last week against Penn State, the Buckeyes were able to win 20-12 thanks to the defense again. Last night against the Badgers, the defense stepped up again.
Winning close games is a valuable skill to have for a team. The Ohio State football team is comfortable in these scenarios. If things get close against Michigan or against a potential CFP opponent they will be right at home. When you face elite teams like that, you want to be comfortable in those situations.
This game against Wisconsin should be the last close game that the Buckeyes have until The Game. The rest of the schedule sets up nicely for them. No game is easy in the Big Ten, but this is a nice soft spot in the schedule before they head to Ann Arbor.
Grinding out wins may not be aesthetically pleasing, but a win is a win. Ohio State is certainly not going to apologize for notching another one in a tough environment. Lou Holtz said that this wasn’t a tough team. That’s clearly not the case based on the results we’ve seen this season.