Five Keys to Victory: Ohio State

No.12 Wisconsin looks to take another step toward the inaugural Big Ten championship game and break a two game losing streak in Columbus when it faces Ohio State in primetime. Badger Nation looks at the five keys to victory for the Badgers.

1. Avoid the hangover

Last week's loss at Michigan State was heartbreaking, as the Badgers' national title hopes went up in flames. Wisconsin has to remember that the Big Ten title game is still in reach and regain the dominating form that they showed prior to its trip to East Lansing. Ohio State will be ready to pounce on any stupid mistakes.

2. Break through the front seven

Ohio State's team strength is in its defensive line and linebacker corps. Led by Andrew Sweat and John Simon, the Buckeye defense is full of potential playmakers looking to frustrate opposing offenses. Ohio State is 16th in the country in scoring defense, but there are holes to exploit. Don't be surprised to see a run up the middle for 4-5 yards a few dozen times Saturday.

3. Now in 1D!

Balance has been a big part of Ohio State's success over the years. It probably shocked everyone who saw the box score that Ohio State pulled off its biggest win of the season completing only one pass (and attempting only four). While it starts with Braxton Miller, Dan "Boom" Herron is the man the Badgers should look to shut down on first and seond down, forcing Miller into passing situations.

4. Back on the Wilson wagon

After last week's loss, most "experts" have written Russell Wilson out of the Heisman race. One game can easily be erased with a dominating performance on a national stage, against, oh let's say, a perennial powerhouse at their place. Wilson can get back on track with a big game against the Buckeyes.

5. More special special teams

Two special teams plays, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal, made the difference in the game against Michigan State. Nothing brings a home crowd back into the game like a big special teams play (for more evidence, see David Gilreath's return against Ohio State last year). In order for the Badgers to keep momentum, the special teams needs to regroup and improve on last week's dismal performance.

Fearless Prediction

I feel as though Michigan State was a much better overall team than Ohio State. The Buckeyes have had two weeks to prepare, but twenty weeks wouldn't give them an offense worth writing home about. The Badgers walk out with a win and return to their pre-MSU form.

Wisconsin 34 Ohio State 20

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