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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State ready to defend Big Ten title against Wisconsin

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The Buckeyes and Badgers arrived in Indianapolis on Friday for a primetime Big Ten rematch. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State ready to defend Big Ten title against Wisconsin

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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)

TV Channel: FOX

The line: The Buckeyes are a 16.5-point favorite, per

Over/under: 56.5 points

Buckeyes at full strength for Big Ten title defense

There will be no doubt before kickoff this week: Ohio State is going to have the entire starting lineup available with a championship on the line.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the Buckeyes are all at full speed, especially with Justin Fields still feeling pain due to an MCL sprain. But the Buckeyes will regain one of their top defenders when Shaun Wade suits up for them against Wisconsin with the Big Ten title on the line.

Wade was absent from the availability report, which was released by the program Friday. All hands are on deck for the Buckeyes as they battle Wisconsin for the second time this season. If Ohio State can win, it’ll likely lock up the top seed in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes will do so with their full starting lineup.

Here’s the full availability report, making note that Ohio State doesn’t differentiate between injuries or disciplinary matters:

Game-Time Decisions



WR Kamryn Babb

RB Marcus Crowley

OL Gavin Cupp

DL Noah Donald

WR Ellijah Gardiner

DB Ronnie Hickman

WR C.J. Saunders

DT Taron Vincent

Bold Predictions for Big Ten title game

What can be expected of No. 1 Ohio State as it heads to Indianapolis to defend its Big Ten crown? Which superstars will make the biggest difference for Ohio State? Can the Buckeyes stop Jonathan Taylor for a second time this season? Will Justin Fields create a Heisman moment similar to last week? The Lettermen Row staff passed out five bold predictions ahead of the Big Ten championship game. Here’s what our staff predicted to see.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.