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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his team visit 8th-ranked Wisconsin Saturday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wisconsin's offense is hoping to show significant improvement over its performance against MI in which the Badgers managed only 159 total yards of offense. On Saturday, the second-ranked Buckeyes travel to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since 2012 to take on the No. 8 Badgers, where the game will likely be much different that the Big Ten title. They haven't allowed more than 17 points in a game this season, and only allowed 14 when they faced MI. "We had a couple plays called where we ran poor routes, too". Now all the Badgers have to do is find a way to activate it. The Badgers are allowing only 90.4 rushing yards per game this season. Team, 6-6 or 6-8 and 315 pounds on the offensive line. They held three teams that were ranked in the top 10 when they played them - LSU, Michigan State and Michigan - to a total of 27 points. Ohio State can put together some potent drives, but this will easily be the best defense it has faced all season.

McMillan says he has taken more of a leadership role with so few experienced players on OSU's defense this year.

To listen to 97.1 The Fan or ESPN 1460AM we ask that you provide a zip code so that we may give you the best audio connection possible. "He said something wasn't right but he wasn't trying to use that as an excuse". "Once we get through Sunday, we get refocused". His legs, on the other hand, were very productive as he led the team in carries with 26 and ran for 137 yards and a score. But that's only a part of the problem. The only reason the final margin wasn't more than a touchdown was the fact that two MI kickers combined to go 0-for-3 on field goal tries.

Chryst is confident the Badgers will bounce back on the shoulders of redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who struggled mightily his last outing against the Wolverines.

Nebraska is running for 234 yards a game and Minnesota for 203.

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On the defensive side of the ball. the Silver Bullets just need to continue playing at the same level of intensity to keep the Badgers' scoring low. I think that was good for him to see, the discipline of the little things, of being on your track and understanding when it's there and when it's not there. I think that comes with maturity.

During the bye week, Clement and running backs coach John Settle studied film of Penn State's Saquon Barkley and several National Football League backs, hoping to help Clement regain the form he showed as Gordon's backup in 2014. Our wide receivers make the adjustments and get on the people they're supposed to block. "But because of what happened on play one, he's going to start searching".

"It's just going to be that much more fun", Deiter said Tuesday. We preach it every day - football is a game where it's all about trust.

The work of the offensive line and UW's foundering running game were scrutinized, though it appears the staff has decided against making any personnel changes. Defense alone makes Wisconsin against the spread enticing. He's our best guy. Curtis Samuel will be involved early and often against the Badgers. The Buckeyes went on the road to smoke Oklahoma, and now will play their second road game of the season. In his two previous seasons with the Buckeyes, Barrett has 45 touchdowns and 3,826 yards in the passing game and 22 touchdowns and 1,665 yards in the run game. "We've had some pretty good success with kids who've come on unofficial visits in the summer". "Sometimes you get beat physically, but I thought we played young in some instances and weren't on the same page at times with fits and tracks".

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