Madison; Columbus, Ohio (WQOW) -- No championships will be on the line Saturday night when Wisconsin goes to Ohio State, but the outcome will definitely impact the Big Ten Leaders Division race.
The Badgers have won their share of games in recent seasons, but they've also lost a number of heartbreakers. In fact, Wisconsin's last eleven losses have been by a touchdown or less. Gary Andersen has only been on the sidelines for one of those losses, and he says it's a narrow margin between competing and winning.
"Every good team that I've been on has asked the same question," says Andersen, "and that goes back to being an assistant, being a coordinator, or being a head coach, every single time...Now, it's just a play here its a play there it's a situation that you have to be able to execute in its a mindset is there some magic fairy dust we sprinkle on top of them or do we save some secret play to win the game at the end? It's none of that stuff, I've been around special teams and they make 10 plays, I tell them all the time 10 plays will take you from being good to great and average to good, I don't have a recipe for those 10 plays but players make plays players win games and hopefully we'll make those plays."
Either Wisconsin or Ohio State has earned at least a share of the last eight Big Ten titles. But the Buckeyes were ineligible for postseason play last year, which is why Wisconsin played in the Big Ten title game.
"In my opinion, they are the king of the Big Ten right now," says Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, "this is an opportunity to go compete with a team that's competed in the Rose Bowl the last couple of years."
"Everyone wants to beat Ohio State," says Wisconsin sophomore running back Melvin Gordon, "they understand that. That's probably why they play well because they know they're the border everyone is trying to bring down."
"It's far from a championship game," says Andersen, "this game will probably just be one game in the conference race."
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