7:35 pm
September 24

Wisconsin @ #3 Ohio State

Who will WIN this matchup?

Wisconsin Badgers (2-1)

@ #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0)


Current odds:

Wisconsin Badgers: (+669)

Ohio State Buckeyes: (-1111)


• The spread for this game is Ohio State by 19 points.

• The Wisconsin defense will be tasked with containing an unstoppable Ohio State offense if the Badgers expect to defeat the No. 3 Buckeyes at Columbus on Saturday in the Big Ten opener for each.

• While the Badgers (2-1) were dismantling New Mexico State 66-7 last Saturday, Ohio State (3-0) was having its way with Toledo, scoring touchdowns on its first seven possessions and 11 of 12 before running out the clock to mercifully end the 77-21 rout.

• Ohio State racked up 763 total yards against Toledo, second-most in school history, with C.J. Stroud throwing for 367 yards and five touchdowns while completing 22 of 27 passes.

• Wisconsin, which fell out of the national rankings following a 17-14 home loss to Washington State in its second game, relies on one of the best defenses in the country. The Badgers rank eighth in scoring defense (8.0 points per game) and 11th in total defense (246.0 yards per game). The Badgers have an interception in eight straight games, while linebacker Nick Herbig has four sacks. However, top Badgers cornerback Alex Smith (hamstring) will miss a fourth consecutive game.

• Ohio State can’t score if it doesn’t have the ball and the Badgers hope to win the possession battle. Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz has thrown for more than 200 yards in three straight games and Chryst is impressed by his development.

• The Wisconsin game plan includes handing the ball Braelon Allen. He has rushed for five touchdowns while averaging 110 yards per game this season but knows the Buckeyes’ defense presents his biggest challenge to date.

• Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Hall did not play last week but is expected to be available. The same for running back TreVeyon Henderson, who left with an injury in the first quarter vs. Toledo.

StreakSmarter Pick
#3 Ohio State Buckeyes