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Big Ten (Actually 14) Championship Game: Buckeyes and Badgers are Ready

Big Ten Championship Game

Badgers Getting Little Respect Outside Big Ten

The fans at Lucas Oil Stadium will enjoy the Big Ten Championship game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes when they take their seats on Saturday. FOX Sports has the television coverage and kickoff is set for a few minutes after 8 pm EST.

The winner of this matchup should set themselves up nicely to reach the College Football Playoff. Few of the so-called “experts” on TV, and sports talk radio, have any respect for the Wisconsin Badgers. This should have given the team a lot of bulletin board material.

Oddsmakers opened the Buckeyes as -6.5-point favorites versus the Badgers, while the game’s total opened at 53.5. The Line now has the Buckeyes as 3.5-point favorites. The total is now at 50.5.

Ohio State Facing Injury Problems

Ohio State won its last outing, a 31-20 result against the Michigan Wolverines on November 25. The Buckeyes failed to cover in that game as a -12.5-point favorite, while the 51 combined points took the game OVER the total.

The Buckeyes enter the game with uncertainty at quarterback. J.T. Barrett underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Sunday but is expected to play. There’s a possibility that Ohio State might need to call on redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins. Haskins came in against Michigan during the third quarter and led Ohio State’s fourth-quarter comeback.

Barrett leads the Big Ten in touchdown passes with 33. He is second in total offense. He has broken numerous school and Big Ten records. Barret tied  Art Schlichter’s school record for quarterbacks with 36 wins.

Freshman J.K. Dobbins is second in the Big Ten in rushing. He is behind Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor. Dobbins has 1,190 yards on the season.

Badgers Enter the Big Ten Championship Unbeaten

In their last action, Wisconsin was a 31-0 winner on the road against Golden Gophers. They covered the -18-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (31) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

The Badgers enter the contest against the Buckeyes with an unblemished record. They are 12-0, with a 9-0 Big Ten record. There are plenty of skeptics who dismiss Wisconsin’s postseason chances. The yapmasters say the Big Ten West Division was subpar and weak.

Wisconsin’s best chance to win revolves around freshman running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor has run behind a massive offensive line for 1,806 yards this season.  He leads the Big Ten in rushing.

Wisconsin also will try to control the line of scrimmage on defense. Its defense leads the Big Ten in fewest rushing yards allowed per game at80.5. They also lead intotal yards, at 236.9 ypg, and points allowed per game. They only give up 12 a contest.

 

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Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Ohio State 10-2 5-7 43.75 19.83 23.92 2-5 3-2 9-3 4-3 5-0
Wisconsin 12-0 8-4 34.83 12.00 22.83 4-3 4-1 7-5 4-3 3-2
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
OHIOST 12.11 14.72 -2.61
WISCSN 12.23 19.74 -7.51

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
OHIOST 12.71 10.74 1.97
WISCSN 13.62 11.11 2.51

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
OHIOST 5.91 3.13 2.78
WISCSN 5.28 2.65 2.63
Team Records

Ohio State Buckeyes

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 10-2 6-1 4-1 5-7 2-5 3-2 43.75 19.83 23.92
vs Conf 8-1 4-0 4-1 5-4 2-2 3-2 46.33 19.89 26.44
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-1 43.67 12.33 31.34

Wisconsin Badgers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 12-0 7-0 5-0 8-4 4-3 4-1 34.83 12.00 22.83
vs Conf 9-0 5-0 4-0 6-3 3-2 3-1 32.00 12.67 19.33
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 31.00 8.00 23.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 43.75 5 12.00 2
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 34.83 26 19.83 21

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Ohio State 8-2 7-3 6-4 29.40 183.00 4.64 22.10 57.47 154.50 337.50 0.80
Wisconsin 2-8 3-7 6-4 19.20 138.30 3.41 30.40 56.91 208.10 346.40 1.40

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Oct 15, 2016 OHIOST WISCSN 30-23 185 226 411 1 236 214 450 1
Dec 6, 2014 WISCSN OHIOST 0-59 71 187 258 4 301 257 558 0
Sep 28, 2013 WISCSN OHIOST 24-31 104 295 399 1 192 198 390 0
Nov 17, 2012 OHIOST WISCSN 21-14 139 97 236 0 206 154 360 1
Oct 29, 2011 WISCSN OHIOST 29-33 89 253 342 0 268 89 357 1
Oct 16, 2010 OHIOST WISCSN 18-31 155 156 311 1 184 152 336 1
Oct 10, 2009 WISCSN OHIOST 13-31 118 250 368 2 97 87 184 1
Oct 4, 2008 OHIOST WISCSN 20-17 183 144 327 2 179 147 326 2
Nov 3, 2007 WISCSN OHIOST 17-38 12 269 281 2 211 166 377 0
Oct 9, 2004 WISCSN OHIOST 24-13 184 160 344 0 99 125 224 2

Big Ten Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Ohio State Buckeyes

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 25, 2017 MICH 31-20 W -12.5/49.5 L/O 226 124 350 100 195 295 -1 A
Nov 18, 2017 ILLINO 52-14 W -41/53 L/O 325 218 543 89 16 105 0 H
Nov 11, 2017 MICHST 48-3 W -17/55 W/U 335 189 524 64 131 195 -1 H
Nov 4, 2017 IOWA 24-55 L -20.5/55 L/O 163 208 371 243 244 487 4 A
Oct 28, 2017 PENNST 39-38 W -7/57.5 L/O 201 328 529 91 192 283 2 H

Wisconsin Badgers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 25, 2017 MINN 31-0 W -18/43 W/U 287 169 456 93 40 133 1 A
Nov 18, 2017 MICH 24-10 W -6.5/42 W/U 182 143 325 58 176 234 0 H
Nov 11, 2017 IOWA 38-14 W -12/45.5 W/O 247 135 382 25 41 66 1 H
Nov 4, 2017 INDIAN 45-17 W -10.5/49 W/O 237 170 407 40 226 266 -2 A
Oct 28, 2017 ILLINO 24-10 W -27/51.5 L/U 168 135 303 134 152 286 -2 A

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