Watch the Wisconsin vs. Ohio State Big Ten title: Game guide, TV schedule, streaming online
The No. 13 Badgers and No. 5 Buckeyes meet in Indianapolis Saturday night to crown the B1G champion.
Ohio State is playing in the Big Ten Championship game for the second year in a row, while the Wisconsin Badgers are playing in the game for the third time in four years. Both teams have something to prove when the ball kicks off Saturday night in Indianapolis and they will each be looking to set the tone.
The Buckeyes will be without star freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who broke his ankle in the fourth quarter against Michigan last week. Instead, 6-5, 250 pound sophomore Cardale Jones will take Barrett’s place and look to keep the offense running smoothly. The Buckeyes come into the title game on a 10-game winning streak and legitimate hopes of competing in the first College Football Playoff.
Wisconsin and all-galaxy running back Melvin Gordon will look to establish the run early against OSU’s suspect run defense. The Badgers come into Saturday on a seven-game winning streak after an inexplicable loss to Northwestern in October. UW will want to get a lot of pressure on the green Jones and try and force him into some bad throws which could lead to turnovers.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: 8:17 p.m. ET
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Rankings and records: Wisconsin comes into the game ranked No. 13 in the Playoff rankings. Ohio State is No. 5 in the Playoff rankings. The Badgers are 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the B1G West division. The Buckeyes are 11-1 overall and 8-0 in the B1G East division.
Weather forecast: The game will take place in a dome, but the weather in Indianapolis for tailgating is mid-forties and rainy. I suggest finding a bar. Specifically one with a roof.
Two things at stake
Ohio State is looking for that last marquee win to push their Playoff resume into the top four.
Wisconsin wants to win its fourth B1G title in the last five years.
One big matchup
Cardale Jones vs. Wisconsin’s front seven: Coming into his sophomore campaign, Jones was not thinking he would see the field much. Buried on the depth chart behind Heisman-hopeful Braxton Miller and super freshman Barrett, Jones would have to be content in mop-up duty. However, injuries to both players have put Jones under center going into OSU’s biggest game of the season. Jones has attempted 19 passes total in his career and only has a handful more rushing attempts to his name.
Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s exotic blitz packages could cause issues for the young quarterback. Vince Biegel and Derek Landisch patrol the outside and inside respectively for the Badgers linebackers while Warren Herring anchors the middle of the defense and consumes blockers. Jones will have to be smart in his reads against an aggressive defense, and if possible, use the aggression to his advantage with screens and misdirection runs.