It wasn’t easy—nothing in life that is good ever is–but Ohio State’s march to perfection continues. And the Buckeyes have their defense to thank.
Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime Saturday, giving No. 6 Ohio State a 21-14 victory over Wisconsin and keeping the Buckeyes’ hopes of a perfect season alive. The Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) clinched the Leaders Division title outright with the win.
The third quarter was so slow, the teams combined for more punts than points, and the margin is still seven, as Ohio State leads 14-7. Both teams saw their defenses make stands, forcing three punts in the quarter.
Montee Ball had a productive quarter for Wisconsin. He ran for 71 yards and one touchdown, but the margin is still seven, as the Badgers trail 14-7. Ball’s touchdown, the 78th of his career, tied the FBS record, held by Travis Prentice.
Braxton Miller led No. 6 Ohio State in the quarter. He threw for 38 yards and ran for 31 yards, and the Buckeyes lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State made the score 7-0 when Corey Brown returned a punt for a touchdown.
The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes.
The Leaders representative in Indy has been decided. Now, over the next two weeks, Nebraska and Michigan will battle it out to see who represents the Legends.
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Week 12 is upon us, and the questions persist for each school. Chief among them this week centers around Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips and his ability to pass the football against Ohio State. If Phillips can’t chuck it effectively, the Badgers may have a difficult time beating the Buckeyes. He certainly didn’t need to throw much last week at Indiana. But he likely will vs. Ohio State.
All eyes will be on Madison, Wis., where No. 6 Ohio State plays Wisconsin in a Week 12 that lacks compelling storylines. The Buckeyes are 10-0 and in search of perfection. The last time Ohio State came to Wisconsin, it got drummed, 31-18, in 2010. The Badgers already have the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up, but a victory over the Buckeyes would be Wisconsin’s most impressive win of the season and give it momentum.
Two weeks to go, and Wisconsin already has wrapped up its second consecutive trip to the Big Ten title game. That being the case, how will Bret Bielema and Wisconsin approach the final two games, vs. Ohio State and at Penn State? We asked BTN analysts Howard Griffith and Chris Martin on Monday night’s “Football Report.” Watch their answers now.