Conference championship week has arrived.
The highly anticipated showdown between Ohio State and Wisconsin is almost here.
College football playoff hopes for both teams are in their grasps. But who will win?
Wisconsin comes into the game ranked fourth in the playoff ranking, although they’re the only undefeated team remaining in the race for the top four spots.
They’re led by Quarterback Alex Hornibrook.
Hornibrook has thrown for 2,157 yards along with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Hornibrook can not win this football game for the Badgers. But the powerful defense can.
Ohio State has the most lethal offense in all of college football, but they’ll be facing the #1 defense in all of the land.
JT Barrett had surgery on his knee, from an injury he sustained from what Urban Meyer has said to be a camera man on the side line during Ohio State’s 31-20 win in Ann Arbor against Michigan last Saturday.
Meyer also confirmed Thursday that it was a minor procedure and Barrett will be active Saturday although it’ll be a game time decision if he starts and how much he’ll play.
Could very well be a smoke screen to Wisconsin.
Dwayne Haskins the second string QB for the Buckeyes came in for JT Barrett in the second half against Michigan and looked phenomenal and also took all the first team reps this week.
If you watch college football, you know how big the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is.
Haskins looked unphased in Ann Arbor as he went 6/7 for 94 yards and also added three rushes for 28 yards.
If Haskins plays instead of JT, Wisconsin is still facing a lethal Ohio State offense, with a two headed monster at RB, featuring JK Dobbins and Mike Weber.
Haskins is most definitetly a better passer than Barrett, if Ohio State can open up the run early, it will lead to huge success down field for the Buckeyes.
Wisconsin does indeed have the best defense in the country on paper, but the best offense they’ve seen on paper this year is Purdue.
Ohio State has had issues starting off strong, and if you remember a few weeks back, they didn’t regroup as they were embarrassed by Iowa. 55-24.
If Wisconsin can set the tone defensively early and stop the run, they could be in for a good performance, and possibly a win.
Wisconsin doesn’t have the fire power on offense at quarterback and receiver to beat the Buckeyes although watch for true freshman running back Jonathan Taylor who’s 194 yards away from 2,000.
If he can set the tone early running the ball against an elite Buckeyes defensive front, it will be a close ball game.
For the Buckeyes to sneak into the final four for the college football playoffs, they’ll need a big win. Expect the Buckeyes to do just that.
Ohio State: 44
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