COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson tried to tone down the accolades and hyperbole that came after the Buckeyes’ 763-yard explosion in opposition to overmatched Toledo last week.
Wilson, the former Indiana head coach, is aware of the challenge might be stiffer when the No. 3 Buckeyes (3-0) open their Big Ten schedule in opposition to Wisconsin (2-1) on Saturday night time at Ohio Stadium.
“Big Ten play is more difficult, it’s extra physical up entrance, no disrespect (to different conferences),” Wilson mentioned the opposite day.
“When you get into Big Ten play, it’s a line-of-scrimmage league, it’s a troublesome league,” he said. “It wears on you week after week after week. We’re beginning with an enormous challenge with an excellent line-of-scrimmage group on either side arising when Wisconsin walks into the ‘Shoe.”
The message? Let’s just wait and see what occurs.
“As good because the (Buckeyes) offense might look, the offense just isn’t good till the end of the year when you possibly can see how robust and how constant it is,” Wilson stated.
So far, so good for quarterback C.J. Stroud, who threw five touchdown passes final week within the 77-21 win. The Buckeyes routed Arkansas State in Week 2, after beating then-No. 5 Notre Dame 21-10 in the opener. The Irish have since fallen out of the AP Top 25.
Stroud actually hit his stride final week, throwing passes into tight home windows to receivers who made one acrobatic catch after one other.
The Badgers opened with a rout of Illinois State but then were bounced from the AP Top 25 after being upset by unranked Washington State. A blowout of New Mexico State last week boosted the Badgers’ confidence.
Both teams should have a clearer image of the place they stand after Saturday night’s nationally televised contest.
“Any time you’re in convention play, it ramps up somewhat bit, every little thing means slightly bit more,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day stated. “Wisconsin’s an excellent staff, epitomizes every little thing the Big Ten is about.”
Wisconsin linebacker Nick Herbig summed it up this way: “I can say this for lots of guys — you dream about games like this.”
STOPPING OHIO STATE
The Badgers again are constructed round a defense that ended 2021 as No. 1 within the nation.
Granted, it’s solely three non-conference video games, however Wisconsin is thus far limiting opponents to 246 complete yards — 76 dashing yards and 170 passing yards — per game. Seven gamers have interceptions.
Ohio State, after last week’s explosion, is the highest offensive team within the country, averaging 8.44 yards per play and 563.3 yards per game.
“It’s one thing (to say) ‘this is their scheme,’ but the gamers understand that, and it allows them to actually exit and play,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst stated. “And I think that’s what they’re doing very well.”
The overhauled Buckeyes defense should cease the run to decelerate Wisconsin.
Running again Braelon Allen picked up where he left off after rushing for 1,268 yards and eight touchdowns in his freshman 12 months, third-best within the Big Ten. He’s averaging 110 yards per sport and 6.6 per carry within the first three games.
Quarterback Graham Mertz is in his second year because the starter.
“It would be the best quarterback we’ve seen. It will be the finest operating back we’ve seen,” Day mentioned. “There are lots ‘best we’ve seen so far’ (with Wisconsin).”
TREVEYON IS OK
AP Preseason All-American operating back TreVeyon Henderson left final week’s recreation after Ohio State’s first offensive collection with an unspecified injury.
Day stated it was something that had been bothering the second-year back, and the decision was made to carry him out for the relaxation of what seemed to be a lopsided recreation.
Day mentioned this week that Henderson’s injury “was a short-term thing,” and he’s expected to play this week.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
The Buckeyes will be enjoying the fourth of five straight house games to start out the season and the third one with a late Saturday start.
“It’s been good for recruiting,” Day stated of the evening games, which draw massive national TV audiences. “Those are lengthy days. I do like when a noon sport is finished about 4:30 and you can go house and revel in the relaxation of the day. But the electricity within the Horseshoe for a night sport, there’s nothing prefer it. And that’s the give and take, I guess.”
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