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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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Ohio State10-25-743.7519.8323.922-53-29-34-35-0
Wisconsin12-08-434.8312.0022.834-34-17-54-33-2
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
OHIOST12.1114.72-2.61
WISCSN12.2319.74-7.51

Yards Per Pass

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
OHIOST12.7110.741.97
WISCSN13.6211.112.51

Yards Per Rush

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
OHIOST5.913.132.78
WISCSN5.282.652.63
Team Records

Ohio State Buckeyes

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall10-26-14-15-72-53-243.7519.8323.92
vs Conf8-14-04-15-42-23-246.3319.8926.44
Last 33-02-01-01-21-10-143.6712.3331.34

Wisconsin Badgers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall12-07-05-08-44-34-134.8312.0022.83
vs Conf9-05-04-06-33-23-132.0012.6719.33
Last 33-02-01-03-02-01-031.008.0023.00

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense43.75512.002
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense34.832619.8321

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Ohio State8-27-36-429.40183.004.6422.1057.47154.50337.500.80
Wisconsin2-83-76-419.20138.303.4130.4056.91208.10346.401.40

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 15, 2016OHIOSTWISCSN30-2318522641112362144501
Dec 6, 2014WISCSNOHIOST0-597118725843012575580
Sep 28, 2013WISCSNOHIOST24-3110429539911921983900
Nov 17, 2012OHIOSTWISCSN21-141399723602061543601
Oct 29, 2011WISCSNOHIOST29-33892533420268893571
Oct 16, 2010OHIOSTWISCSN18-3115515631111841523361
Oct 10, 2009WISCSNOHIOST13-31118250368297871841
Oct 4, 2008OHIOSTWISCSN20-1718314432721791473262
Nov 3, 2007WISCSNOHIOST17-381226928122111663770
Oct 9, 2004WISCSNOHIOST24-131841603440991252242

Big Ten Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Ohio State Buckeyes

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 25, 2017MICH31-20W-12.5/49.5L/O226124350100195295-1A
Nov 18, 2017ILLINO52-14W-41/53L/O32521854389161050H
Nov 11, 2017MICHST48-3W-17/55W/U33518952464131195-1H
Nov 4, 2017IOWA24-55L-20.5/55L/O1632083712432444874A
Oct 28, 2017PENNST39-38W-7/57.5L/O201328529911922832H

Wisconsin Badgers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 25, 2017MINN31-0W-18/43W/U28716945693401331A
Nov 18, 2017MICH24-10W-6.5/42W/U182143325581762340H
Nov 11, 2017IOWA38-14W-12/45.5W/O2471353822541661H
Nov 4, 2017INDIAN45-17W-10.5/49W/O23717040740226266-2A
Oct 28, 2017ILLINO24-10W-27/51.5L/U168135303134152286-2A

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