October 17, 2010. Undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State come into Camp Randall, eager to demonstrate to the nation and the Wisconsin Badgers, led by Bret Bielema, that the Buckeyes are truly worthy of their status as the BCS frontrunner. Jim Tressel's team again battles valiantly, but fall to one-time Ohio State recruit and Wisconsin RB John Clay's two touchdowns, 31-18.
What did those games from the past have in common with this upcoming contest?
- Both games were in Camp Randall Stadium
- Both games were at night
- Can Ohio State Develop Offensive Balance Against Wisconsin? ~ Ohio State's J.T. Barrett's passing statistics from his game against Indiana were as follows - 9/21 for 93 yards, with 1 touchdown to Dontre Wilson, and 1 interception that glanced off the hands of Marcus Baugh. Barrett was tremendously successful running the ball against Indiana, leading the Buckeyes with 137 yards on the ground. Look for Wisconsin to do everything possible to bottle up Ohio State's running game. Will Ohio State be able to counter effectively through the air against the Badgers? Something else to be seen - how the Ohio State wide receivers respond, after this story emerged on ESPN.com earlier this week.
- Will Curtis Samuel Be Involved Earlier In The Offensive Gameplan Against Wisconsin? ~ Curtis Samuel had a solid game against Indiana, running for 82 yards and a touchdown. The larger point is that Samuel did not actually touch the ball until the second quarter began, and Ohio State was tied 3-3 with Indiana. Will the Ohio State offensive coaches involve Samuel sooner, regardless of whether it involves running or passing?
- How Will Ohio State Respond To The Camp Randall Challenge? ~ As stated up above, Ohio State has lost to Wisconsin at night on previous occasions. It must also be noted that Ohio State has defeated Wisconsin in Camp Randall Stadium at night, in 2008, with a true freshman quarterback in Terrelle Pryor. The larger point is Wisconsin truly revels in the night game atmosphere of Camp Randall Stadium, especially when the Buckeyes come to town. Yes, Ohio State's young team excelled against Oklahoma at night. This is another huge test of the maturity and poise of the 2016 Buckeyes.