For the ESPN “College GameDay” crew, the game plan for Wisconsin against Ohio State is clear.
But ESPN analyst and former college football coach Lee Corso feels the Badgers have no chance against the Buckeyes.
“Wisconsin needs a miracle to beat Ohio State,” Corso said.
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If he were Wisconsin’s head coach, Corso said he would try to stop the Buckeyes’ passing game, which forced Ohio State to run the ball, while responding with a balanced offense that “moves the sticks” consistently.
“Notre Dame used that plan and covered the spread,” Corso said.
ESPN analyst and former Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard said the Badgers need to play “old-school Wisconsin football” to have a chance against the Buckeyes, emphasizing the running game with Braelon Allen and the short-yardage game. with tight end Clay Cundiff.
Former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, who will call Saturday’s Ohio State vs. Wisconsin game on ABC, said Wisconsin’s defensive approach should be similar to Notre Dame, forcing the running offense to hold everything to front.
“Don’t give up those big plays because it could be an avalanche in a hurry,” Herbstreit said.
Pat McAfee: Ohio State ‘too much magic from top to bottom’
Pat McAfee is impressed with what Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard can do.
“Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard is obviously a big brain,” McAfee said. “He will be able to take something out.”
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But through the first three weeks of the season, McAfee said that Ohio State, especially wide receivers like Marvin Harrison Jr. able to settle in and “take the jitters off,” saying the Buckeyes “have too much magic from top to bottom.”
McAfee said his only question was whether Ohio State’s offensive line is “great,” but that the Buckeyes shouldn’t be questioned.
“Ohio is Ohio State,” McAfee said. “And they should be treated as such until they are not.”
Ohio State 2022 football schedule
Week 1: Ohio State 21, Notre Dame 10
Week 2: Ohio State 45, Arkansas State 12
Week 3: Ohio State 77, Toledo 21
Week 4: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, September 24, Columbus, Ohio
Week 5: Ohio State vs Rutgers, October 1, Columbus Ohio
Week 6: Ohio State vs. Michigan State, Oct. 8, East Lansing, Mich.
Week 7: Ohio State vs. Iowa, October 22, Columbus, Ohio
Week 8: Ohio State vs. Penn State, Oct. 29, State College, Pa.
Week 9: Ohio State vs. Northwestern, Nov. 5, Evanston, Ill.
Week 10: Ohio State vs. Indiana, November 12, Columbus, Ohio
Week 11: Ohio State vs. Maryland, November 19, College Park, MD.
Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan, noon Nov. 26, Columbus, Ohio
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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State Buckeyes take on Wisconsin Badgers and Lee Corso takes on OSU