COLUMBUS — Ohio State hasn’t had to beat a team twice in one season since Archie Griffin carried the ball for the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes will have to do that Saturday to win their third straight Big Ten championship and lock up a spot in the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016.
Although they controlled the entire game against the Badgers in their first meeting on Oct. 26 and won 38-7, the Buckeyes aren’t assuming this game will be as easy. It’s not at home, it’s not in the cold rain and it’s not the same Wisconsin team. Ohio State coach Ryan Day is treating this just like he did the first time around.
“It will be really tough,” Day said of facing the Badgers. “It is. So much is the situation, when you played them, everything like that. But this is a very, very well-coached team. Coach Chyrst, I think, is one of the best coaches not only in the conference but in the country. When you look at what he’s done, how many times they’ve been to this game, the staff, they do a great job. Very, very well-coached.
“They’ve gotten better as the season has gone on. It’s going to be a big challenge, it’s going to be hard, go all the way to the fourth quarter. We need to have a great practice here.”
Ohio State didn’t play its cleanest game of the season in the first matchup against the Badgers. The Buckeyes gave up a blocked punt. They only scored 10 points in the first half. But once they gained complete control in the second half, they dominated the Badgers and bottled up Big Ten Running Back of the Year winner Jonathan Taylor, holding him to 52 total rushing yards.
Justin Fields and the Ohio State offense, meanwhile, struggled early but gained its footing, piling on 28 second-half points. But the rain and nasty weather didn’t do much to help the Buckeyes offense prosper, even when scoring 38 points on a highly-ranked defense.
“I think in all honesty we could have put up 50,” Fields said in his press conference after that win over Wisconsin. “I think if the weather was different, I think we could have threw the ball more and put up way more points than we did. Overall I’m just glad we got the win.”
The weather won’t be a factor under the roof Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State will have a chance to make Fields comments come true. For anybody heading to the game, listening on the radio or watching on TV, Lettermen Row has all the viewing information that could possibly be needed to not miss a moment of the Big Ten championship game.
Ohio State vs. Wisconsin game time, details
Ohio State will battle Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game for the third time since 2014. Ohio State is 2-0 against the Badgers in Indianapolis. The Buckeyes will play their first same-season rematch since 1975, when they split two games with UCLA in the regular season and Rose Bowl. Ohio State is 60-18-5 all time against the Badgers. The Buckeyes are playing for their 38th Big Ten title.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana (capacity: 67,000)
The line: The Buckeyes are a 16.5-point favorite, per VegasInsider.com
Over/under: 56.5 points
What TV channel is the Ohio State game on?
The Buckeyes and Badgers will play on FOX, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color analyst) and Jenny Taft (sideline) on the call.
How can I watch online?
The Buckeyes and Badgers can be streamed online via FoxSports.com.
How can I listen to the game on the radio?
Paul Keels and Jim Lachey will have the call on 97.1 FM (WBNS) in Columbus. A full list of football radio affiliates for the program can be found here.
Miss any of our coverage so far this week?
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- Healthy, ‘ready to roll’ Shaun Wade raises ceiling for Buckeyes defense
- Two-time winner Archie Griffin evaluates Heisman race, Ohio State season
- BuckIQ: Garrett Wilson builds momentum, ready to boost Ohio State title push
- Buckeyes secondary depth passes big test, building bright future
- What We Learned as Ryan Day, Buckeyes prep for Wisconsin rematch
- What B1G defensive awards got right, wrong for Buckeyes
- What B1G offensive awards got right, wrong for Buckeyes
- CFP Reaction: Ohio State dominance doesn’t leave much debate
- BuckIQ: Chase Young impact shines even with triple teams, uncalled holds
- Thorpe Award in sight, Jeff Okudah still shining for Buckeyes
- Justin Fields: Focus on knee braces, play calling, toughness for B1G title game
- Justin Hilliard approved for sixth year, making plays now for Buckeyes
- BuckIQ: How Justin Fields shook off injury to deliver magic Heisman moment
- Bragging rights up for grabs in J.K. Dobbins, Jonathan Taylor rematch