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Bucks: Bring on the Badgers

October 10, 2010
By RICH GIBSON, T-L Sports Writer

COLUMBUS - As their schedule so accurately reflected, the Buckeyes could circle Oct. 16, assuming they first disposed of six previous opponents.

Which officially brings us to 'Wisconsin Week' and Ohio State's first acid test of 2010 in the Big Ten.

Unfortunately, the Badgers, with a 34-24 road loss at Michigan State Oct. 2, failed to uphold their part of the bargain regarding a potential showdown of conference unbeatens.

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Nevertheless, moments following OSU's resounding 38-10 victory over Indiana here Saturday, thoughts were being directed at a now 5-1 Wisconsin team after the Badgers beat up on Minnesota at Madison.

"Today, we were thrilled to present Coach Tressel with his 100th win at Ohio State," said Buckeyes' offensive lineman Justin Boren. "Hopefully, we get No. 101 for him next week."

Echoed senior wideout Dane Sanzenbacher: "It's (100) a ton of wins, especially at a place like this. I can't think of a better place to start (the second 100) than at Wisconsin. (Madison) is truly a difficult place to play but we're going up there with loads of confidence."

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Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor drops back to pass against Indiana during the first quarter Saturday.
in Columbus, Ohio.

Buckeyes' defensive coordinator Jim Heacock expects a lively week of practice. "I can't recall any game (at Wisconsin) when we weren't in for a battle," he remarked. "This season is going to be no different. Our guys actually like playing in a tough environment. I'm sure they're going to work extra hard (this week) to be prepared."

Tressel also addressed next Saturday's showdown. "Our players know what they're walking into next weekend with a great power football team led by a fabulous senior quarterback. I'm confident our guys will be up to the challenge."

It was previously announced the Wisconsin game will kick off at 7 p.m. (est) and be televised by ESPN2.


THOUGH Bucks' quarterback Terrelle Pryor appeared to limit potential run options Saturday, Tressel stressed no attempts were made to harness Pryor's opportunities. "Terrelle makes a lot of things happen on his own," Tressel related. "We certainly did not have a game plan instructing him not to run.."

Sanzenbacher, meanwhile, spoke highly of Pryor's competitive nature. "The more experience he has on the field, Terrelle's going to do nothing but keep getting better." LINEBACKER Ross Homan sees the Buckeyes continuing to improve. "At the halfway point, I think we've played pretty well. We've had a few setbacks but we're constantly getting better at the same time. We can increase our game by challenging ourselves to get better..."

FRESHMAN wideout Corey Brown earned valuable minutes Saturday, landing two receptions for 29 yards. "From what I've seen of this team, at the end of the year we can be playing in Arizona (site of the BCS Championship). If we play as a team, I don't think we can be beat..."

SAID Hoosiers' quarterback Ben Chappell, coming off a 480-yard passing performance in a loss to Michigan: "Ohio State is a fast, physical football team. They played very well up front and also in the secondary. We just weren't able to throw well most of the day..."

INDIANA entered Saturday's game averaging 348 passing yards through five starts. Chappell was limited to but 106 passing yards and the Hoosiers to 141 overall. "Through all our study this season, we knew (Ohio State) was special. They've got a bright future ahead of them," IU Coach Bill Lynch proclaimed. "Today, they totally dominated us in the first half in every way. By halftime, they were in total control..."

BUCKS' running back Brandon Saine logged no carries Saturday. However, he landed four receptions, including a 60-yard scoring bomb from Pryor. The Buckeyes are 14-0 when Saine scores at least one touchdown....

AFTER Saturday's game, Ohio State is an impressive 28-of-32 this season in the red zone (20 touchdowns, eight field goals)...DeVier Posey, with a game-leading eight catches for 103 yards Saturday, has caught at least one pass in 20 consecutive games. Saturday marked the fourth 100-yard receiving game of Posey's career.