Ball could be Wisconsin's best offensive threat on Saturday. It depends on what Wisconsin does offensively, but expect Wisconsin to go heavy on the run like they did against Indiana and Ball to get his touches. If Ball plays well again on Saturday he'll be able to take a lot of pressure off the quarterback position.
2, David Gilbert, DE - Registering 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks in 10 games this season, UW coach Bret Bielema said he has seen the light bulb go on over Gilbert's head the last three games and can ‘take over a game' if he's really confident in what he's doing. He'll need to be against Ohio State. After missing last year's game with a broken foot, Gilbert's main responsibility against the Buckeyes will be able to keep contain and put pressure on Miller. If he doesn't, Miller might be able to break off a couple huge plays against the Badgers' defense like last season.
3, Curt Phillips, QB - Phillips only attempted seven passes against Indiana in his first collegiate start but that's because the running game was stupendous against the Hoosiers. That likely won't be the case against the Buckeyes, who are allowing only 107.9 yards per game on the ground. Phillips is going to have to make some throws to keep the offense balanced. Phillips showed he still had some legs against the Hoosiers and may have to use his legs to keep plays alive against the Buckeyes. Phillips was named one of the offensive MVP's for the Badgers against the Hoosiers and Bielema expects Phillips to take another step forward against the Buckeyes.
4, Linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor -Borland will have to be able to play all over the field on Saturday and will need to be on the field Saturday. Borland hasn't practiced 100 percent all week and will be a game-time decision. If he plays, he will line up at defensive end and see if he can help Gilbert put some pressure on Miller. If he can, it should be able to slow the Buckeyes offense down. If Borland can't play, UW will turn look to senior linebacker Mike Taylor to carry the void. Taylor is five tackles away from his second straight 100 tackle season and leads the team with 12 tackles for loss. Taylor struggled taking down Braxton Miller last season, and will get one last chance to redeem himself.
5, Jared Abbrederis, WR - If the Badgers try and get the passing game going against the Buckeyes, Phillips should target Abbrederis early. Abbrederis only caught the ball once against the Hoosiers for 14 yards, but still ranks second in the Big Ten in receiving at 76.6 yards per game. He trails Penn State WR Allen Robinson, who leads the conference at 78.6 yards. Despite missing parts of two games this year, Abbrederis ranks third in the Big Ten with 689 receiving yards and also ranks in a tie for eighth in the Big Ten in touchdown receptions (5). If Abbrederis can consistently get himself open, he'll become Phillips best friend on offense. He had two touchdown catches vs. the Buckeyes last season.
6, Devin Smith, CB -Named a co-defensive player of the week for UW, Smith was able to pick off his third pass of the year and had two pass break ups against the Hoosiers. For the season, Smith has registered 48 tackles and 13 pass deflections. Smith has been playing really well as of late but if the Badgers can get some pressure on Miller, OSU's quarterback may try and force some passes into coverage. If he does hopefully Smith can pick off another pass.