COLUMBUS – The state of Ohio did not have to empty the tank completely.
Of course, this is an advantage if every opponent has been blown up for the Buckeyes. But it is at least a little annoying for a group of top-class players and coaches who want to prevail and challenge themselves in a competitive match.
Well, that does not mean that the rest of Ohio State's opponent was unable to do so. So far, none of them has achieved what Wisconsin has suffered with a defeat on their CV, and that has caught the eye of the horse chestnuts as they prepare for a fight on Saturday at the Horseshoe.
"We have a special group of people who can be great," said Ryan Day, Ohio coach. "Again, it does not matter if we do not perform week after week." We have a big challenge this week. It's going to be tough, hard. These guys are physical. We will have to bring it in every single way. If we just focus on it, all those things will come down the road that we can look back on.
"I mean, you can not let anyone get away. It will be as hard as it gets. These guys have a hard defeat behind them, they will be more hungry than ever before. I have read a few articles that say that as we get closer to this game, they have to prove themselves more and more. Everything will be needed to win this thing. "
The Buckeyes have adjusted that attitude in every game so far, and obviously that was not really the case Ohio is again a double-digit favorite and it is widely expected that the winning streak will be extended against the Badgers this weekend All of Lettermen Row's crew will decide on a victory again, so what will happen when the state of Ohio goes up against Wisconsin? Here are the five bold predictions of our employees.
Austin Ward: Buckeyes Keeps Jonathan Taylor in the Lead
Quite simply, the turn of Ohio's defense as a whole was simply remarkable, but this resurgence was primarily due to the improvement that stuffed the onslaught and Wisconsin's certainly on will put to the test thanks to the attention to detail, the fundamental approach and the tireless energy, with d If he has played the Buckeyes so far, there is no reason to suppose that they will go backwards, even if Taylor brings an impressive reputation and a physical offensive line with the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes have known to shut down Heisman Trophy candidates in recent years and refused to let themselves be beaten by these guys, and this will not be an exception. Wisconsin has to throw the ball when it should cause a sensation – and this is also a major challenge for the secondary school "Best in America".
Jeremy Birmingham: K.J. Hill scores three touchdowns in the state of Ohio
The rain is coming to Columbus, as is a wounded group of badgers with no doubt about one goal in mind: Justin Fields has to win the Ohio game by hitting him When the times are tough for Buckeyes quarterbacks, KJ Hill has been the answer often in the last three years and will be the solution against Wisconsin on Saturday. Make sure that Hill turns up as a safety valve / safety blanket as he sits in zones and finds it difficult to protect himself as a hot receiver when Wisconsin tries to pressurize Fields. Hill will lead the Buckeyes on Saturday. Over 100 meters and three points. Book it.
Tim May: J.K. Dobbins Offensive in Ohio Rolls
Throughout the week, Ohio's defense was at the center of the conversation and dealings with Wisconsin's offensive line and Jonathan Taylor's acclaimed return. A brief overview was given of how the Badgers could handle the Ohio line and its increasingly productive back. J.K. Dobbins. Check the statistics: OSU is nationwide in a hurry (287.1-yard average); Dobbins is fourth in a row (947). Wisconsin is No. 17 as a team (235.4); Taylor is third (957). It is the Ohio state crime, which includes quarterback Justin Fields and Master Teague relief blaster, which are equipped with a chip on the shoulder pads. It is said that the horse chestnuts will rule here. "[Strength coach] Mick [Marotti] said the other day, every time you enter a game, you have to win a duel," said Ryan Day, coach of Buckeyes. "I think our guys are watching this very closely."
Spencer Holbrook: Buckeyes blocks a barge
If Northwestern's Long Snapper had known how to bring the ball to the fighter, Ohio would have blocked a kick last week. Instead, poor Punter had to jump on the ball. The Buckeyes appear to be scientifically blocked and have significantly improved under the new Special Team Coordinator, Matt Barnes. They've already locked two this season and should have had a few more. I do not think Wisconsin will have much success with Jack Coan against this Ohio state defense, which means the Badgers are likely to punt more than five times. One of them will be blocked, and it could even lead to a touchdown for special teams.
Will Crall: Ohio Will Keep Jonathan Taylor at Bay.
Ohio Defense will stop Wisconsin from Keep Jonathan Taylor in the 100-yard rush Taylor was one of the top strikers in the first half of the season, averaging 136 yards per game, but I think Ohio's central defense line will have a great day led by people like Jashon Cornell, Dave Hamilton and Robert Landers. I believe that a high-profile opponent like Wisconsin will bring Ohio's best defense – and the silver bullets will prevail as the nation's best defense after this game.