One week prior to what might be an epic showdown between Wisconsin and Ohio State, the Badgers shockingly stumbled on the road against Illinois.

The loss dropped Wisconsin from No. 6 to 13 in the AP Poll, and not many national experts have the Badgers as a possible playoff team anymore. But that could change if the Badgers knock off the Buckeyes in Week 9.

“I think this is a great opportunity for Wisconsin to get back some respect,” ESPN’s David Pollack said on College GameDay. “But Ohio State has just been pounding everybody.”

Pollack argued that the key to the game for Wisconsin could be a strong first quarter.

“The one thing I’m really curious to see is the start…the only flaw you have with Ohio State this year is the last six games, they’ve only scored seven points in the first quarter. It’s been slow starts. Weather miserable, Wisconsin kind of beat up from last week. Start fast Wisconsin and maybe you’ve got a chance.”

Ohio State has dominated the series, posting a .750 win percentage all-time against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes have also won six straight in the series, which includes two victories in the B1G title game, one of which was 59-0 in 2014.

Wisconsin last beat Ohio State in 2010, 31-18. The Badgers and Buckeyes will kick off at 12 pm ET on Saturday.