The Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten championship last year and that doesn’t sit too well with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who beat the Badgers on their way to a perfect season.
Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they were serving a postseason ban, and could only watch as Wisconsin went on to win the conference championship game.
The No. 4 Buckeyes, no longer serving that ban, host the No. 23 Badgers in a game that could decide who represents the Leaders Division in this year’s Big Ten title game. As of early this week, the Buckeyes were listed as 7.5-point favorites over Wisconsin at most books monitored by OddsShark.com, with a total of 54.
Ohio State opened this season with a 40-20 win over Buffalo, although it couldn’t cover the spread at -34. The Buckeyes then beat San Diego State 42-7, covering at -28, even though they lost QB Braxton Miller to a sprained knee in the first quarter.
Then, with backup QB Kenny Guiton stepping in, OSU went out and won at Cal 52-34, covering at -13, then came home and destroyed Florida A&M 76-0, cashing in at -48.
Miller is listed as probable for Saturday’s game, but at this point it doesn’t really matter whether it’s him or Guiton at quarterback. Both are dangerous.
Wisconsin, which was 75-1 to win the conference back in August, opened the Coach Andersen era with a 45-0 victory over UMass, covering as 44-point favorites, then dispatched Tennessee Tech 48-0, covering at -45. The Badgers then, as 6-point underdogs, had a chance to pull…