Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Free Pick 9/28/13
Wisconsin Badgers (3-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC HD
The Wisconsin Badgers will definitely have their hands full this weekend when the Badgers head to Columbus to face off against the Buckeyes.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are cruising this season, and still to this point OSU has yet to lose with Urban Meyer on the sideline. The Buckeyes are fresh off a 76-0 beat down of Florida A&M this past weekend, which was essentially a preseason game for OSU, getting ready for conference play. The Buckeyes have had a pretty easy road to 4-0, with their only real challenge a road night game against the Golden Bears of Cal. This past weekend, the Buckeyes had no problems with the Rattlers of Florida A&M. OSU outgained the Rattlers 603-80, and in what looked like a video game set on the easiest difficulty. The Buckeyes had Guiton under center once again, and against the Rattlers he was outstanding. The Buckeye signal caller completed 24/34 for 215 yards and six scores on the day, while turning the ball over once. The leading gainer on the ground for OSU was Elliott, who rushed for 162 yards on 14 attempts, scoring twice. Ten different receivers caught passes on the day from Guiton, with Spencer leading the way with four grabs for 50 yards and two scores.
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The Wisconsin Badgers hosted the Purdue Boilermakers this past weekend, as the Badgers tried to put the loss to the Sun Devils behind them. The Badgers defeated the Boilermakers 41-10, and despite the one loss, this Badger team is looking very solid once again. Wisconsin outgained the Boilermakers 546-180 on the day. Stave was under center for the Badgers, but the signal caller did have some problems, completing 12/19 for just 158 yards and one pick, giving Stave a QBR on the day of just 28. The Badgers definitely aren’t a passing team however, and that was evident here as Wisconsin just bullied the Boilermakers around, to the tune of 388 yards on the ground against Purdue. Leading the charge for the Badgers was Gordon, who carried the ball 16 times for 147 yards and three scores, while James White also eclipsed the century mark on the ground for Wisconsin, picking up 145 yards on 16 attempts.
Coming off a win against a conference rival, the Badgers are 4-8 against the spread in their last 12, and currently on the year, Wisconsin is a perfect 4-0 against the spread. The Buckeyes are 9-2 against the number in their last 11 games playing a against a team with a winning record, and in their last nine games between weeks five through nine, the Buckeyes are 6-3 against the spread. So far this season OSU is 3-1 against the number.
I love what Urban Meyer has done with the Buckeyes, but I’m going to have to take the Badgers here. Wisconsin is mad after their loss to the Sun Devils a couple weeks ago, and what better place to showcase their abilities than against the Buckeyes in Columbus. The Badgers have a solid defense with a very good and physical ground game which will make the Badgers tough to beat anywhere. The Buckeyes likely get the win, but I only have OSU winning this thing by about a field goal, and getting more than a touchdown with this Badger team looks like the play here.