Wisconsin Tries To Rebound Against Ohio State

A year ago, the one-loss University of Wisconsin Badgers beat Ohio State at night on their way to the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Despite the disappointment in East Lansing last Saturday against Michigan State, all that can still happen this season. But this time, Wisconsin has to go to the horseshoe to beat the Buckeyes.

As stunned as the team was by Michigan State’s Hail Mary win, the Badgers were able, at times, to move the ball successfully against the Spartans 2nd-ranked defense. Quarterback Russell Wilson said the Badgers expect to see a lot of the same from the Ohio State defense Saturday night.

“You notice a lot of similarities between Michigan State and Ohio State.” said Wilson. “(They’ve) got a lot of athletic ability starting up front and all the way to the back end of their defense. I think the main thing is capitalizing on our opportunities, just like any other game and just playing great football.”

Wilson said Ohio State reached out to him to play football for the Buckeyes this season, once they learned Terrelle Pryor would be suspended. Wilson said he had already narrowed it down to Auburn or Wisconsin. Buckeyes head coach Luke Fickell said they never talked to him. If he wasn’t familiar with wilson before, he certainly is now.

“His patience, his cool, calm, collective ability to hold the football, scramble when he needs to, make the plays when he needs to, that’s been obvious,” said Fickell.

Kickoff between the Badgers and the Buckeyes starts at 7 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.