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Staff Picks
By the-Ozone Staff

The talk has been about Ohio State stopping Wisconsin's running game, but the Buckeyes happen to be the nation's No. 6 rushing team in the country. The OSU offense may start slowly, so their defense will have to hold the Badgers to field goals in the first quarter. In the end, the waves of Buckeye offense will be too much for Wisconsin to handle. Ohio State 37, Wisconsin 23 Tony Gerdeman (4-0)

Not to worry, Wisconsin fans, there will be no need for the Badgers to take a knee in this one. Ohio State 35, Wisconsin 21 Rob Ogden (4-0)

The Buckeyes and Badgers have played some ferocious battles over the last few years, and Saturday's game in Columbus should prove to be nothing different in this rivalry. Bret Bielema is gone, which takes a little edge off the game, but it's the Big Ten opener under the lights in the Horseshoe. Ohio State is the better team, but expect the Badgers to give them a heck of a battle, as they always seem to do. Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 24 Brandon Castel (4-0)

One advantage for Ohio State is that this is a night game at the Horseshoe and the coaches and players are already excited for an “electric” atmosphere. The running game will be crucial for both teams, as they both rely on that to be successful. The difference is, if the Buckeyes run game isn't producing the way they would like, they can go to their other options to move the ball, while the Badgers may have issues moving the ball through the air without the run. If the Scarlet and Gray can get out to a good start, as they have in every game this year, it would be tough to see Wisconsin keeping up. Ohio State 38 Wisconsin 17 Patrick Murphy (4-0)

I keep hearing that this is going to be a battle of running games. If it is, there is a good chance the Badgers win. Truth is, this game will be won by whatever team can establish balance on offense, not the run. If all you can do is grind, it won't be enough to win. I think OSU's greater diversity on offense is the real key and will be the difference. Ohio State 42, Wisconsin 16 John Porentas (4-0)

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