Run and Shoot: Buckeyes look to avenge Badger's "Block O" shuffle

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Buckeyes look to avenge Badger's "Block O" shuffle

COLUMBUS, Ohio - If there was any team that could say it has Ohio State's number these past five years, none could make more of a case than Wisconson. The Badgers have won three of its last four games against the Buckeyes, all of which have come in Ohio Stadium. None proved to be more taunting than their last meeting however, as the Badgers followed up their 24-13 upset win in 2004 by dancing all over the Buckeye's Block O at midfield. Now, Ohio State is eager more than over to add its Big Ten rival to its long list of victims.

No. 1 Ohio State will look to continue its solid play after running over Penn State last weekend, where they defeated them handidly in a 33-17 drubbing. The No. 19 Badgers, meanwhile, are coming off two-striaght conference wins where they outscored their opponents 77-6.

The keys to a Buckeye victory begin with its ability to come out early and be the first to get on the board. This should not be difficult though, since they have only surrendered nine first quarter points in nine games this season. With its recent success, the Badgers are looking for anything to draw momentum from. A quick touchdown would work wonders to prove there won't be a repeat of their past three meetings in Ohio Stadium. Quarterback Todd Boeckman also needs to continue to limit his mistakes and build off his No. 3 natioanlly ranked pass efficency rating. With the health of tailback Chris Wells, there should be little trouble accomplishing that with a balanced offensive attack.

The Badgers, meanwhile, will have to sort out its tailback position quickly. 2006 Fresman of the Year P.J. Hill has been nursing a sore Achilles tendon all week and is a game-time decision. Freshman Zach Brown will likely step in if Hill is unable to go, which is a tall order for a first year guy that has to go up against the nation's No. 1 ranked defense. If Wisconsin becomes one dimensional and is forced to throw early and often, they can quickly find themselves in a hole with the constant blitzing barrage of Ohio State.

Opening kick off is just 30 minutes away and with 105,000+ screaming fans amped for a possible return to the National Championship, the game will surely have the makings of one of the weekend's most anticipated games.

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