Football: No. 8 Badgers must contain J.T. Barrett for shot at upsetting Ohio StateEach player on the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense will be keyed into No. 16 of Ohio State University … The three-star point guard from Kentucky might be a bit of a surprise to Ohio State fans, but head coach Thad Matta really likes what he sees in terms of the leadership Beverly could bring to the Buckeyes. Barrett goes into Saturday looking to strengthen his Heisman Trophy candidacy after last week’s poor passing performance against Indiana. Clemson is still trying to establish its same rhythm from a year ago, and this game will give us a glimpse at just how good it is.
The Cornhuskers travel to Ohio Stadium to take on the Buckeyes November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.
An improved perspective on his Ohio State team during the offseason has transitioned into the start of practice for coach Thad Matta.
These games will be big challenges for Ohio State, as both will allow the Buckeyes to show what they are made of and how well they work when challenged under pressure in hostile environments.
Meyer acknowledged that it can be risky to rely on Barrett, who entered the season with 1,665 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 286 attempts, as the team’s security blanket. The Buckeye defense hasn’t needed him to do almost as much since the unit as a whole is playing at such a high level. IN is playing great defense, and can also sling the ball around the field. “As long as we’re up on the scoreboard and they have less points than us, I’m OK”. But the Illini are still searching for that big win. “We’re aware of (the number of rushes) and have to be somewhat intelligent about how we do it, but go win the game”. Jerome Baker has performed at a high level in Booker’s absence. Finally, nobody is talking about how weak Ohio State’s schedule might be or attempting to figure out what’s wrong with MI.
On the other side of the ball, Wisconsin has struggled to put up numbers, but they still have Corey Clement at running back, who has 2,036 career yards, despite battling injuries.
“Outstanding. The typical Wisconsin“, Meyer said.
“To me, it makes flawless sense”, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. You might think you have them trapped and under control, and then all of a sudden you miss a tackle and they have points on the board. Just two years ago, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was one of the nation’s best players. Redshirt sophomore center Michael Deiter said Camp Randall will be rocking, much to the delight of the Badgers.
Now, as good as the defenses of Ohio State and MI are, they’re a lot better when they aren’t blocked.
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But on that day in 1981 in Camp Randall, it was Earle Bruce on the Buckeyes sideline, opposing Dave McClain and his Badgers.
Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) had 383 yards of total offense but got only 93 of those yards on passes against Indiana.
Badgers fans don’t want to see Urban Meyer get going on a streak of Hayesian domination. “I can’t wait to play”.
Ohio State seem to always be in the mix of top teams. While he has four touchdowns, he has thrown five interceptions.
Wisconsin is known for its smash-mouth style featuring outstanding running backs in recent years such as Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon. As a defense, you’re never going to play a flawless game and hold someone to zero, but you’ve just got to make sure you do your job, do your 1/11th and make sure you play within yourself. “And they’ve got guys that play it well”.
“We like to use the word culture around here, and I’m sure coach Chryst and coach Alvarez are very proud of the culture at Wisconsin; they should be”.
Defensively, the Badgers get after opponents. The combined totals from the first quarters of games this year? If he can help Arkansas cut down on the turnovers, this one should be competitive late. They’re outstanding on defense.