Wisconsin DC on preparing against Ohio State: 'You always try to find the fastest way to lose'
Ohio State has loads of weapons. We’ve seen that over the course of its first seven games.
And, through those seven games, the Buckeyes have gone a perfect 7-0, essentially blowing out every opponent put in front of them. On Saturday, at noon ET in Columbus, No. 13-ranked Wisconsin comes to town.
It will be a Big Ten class that all will be watching.
While preparing to stop Ohio State’s high-octane offense that can beat you in many ways, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard pointed at how he is preparing:
“As a coordinator you always try to find the fastest way to lose and focus on that,” Leonhard said. “It’s fun to watch (talking about OSU’s offense). It’s good football. But when you’re trying to scheme to stop it, there are some difficult challenges.”
There are many areas in which a team can lose to Ohio State’s offense. Up front at the line of scrimmage, the multiple backs the Buckeyes can use, quarterback Justin Fields, the list goes on and on.
Wisconsin has talked about stopping Fields this week:
“He is a great runner but you can tell he wants to throw the ball,” UW cornerback Faion Hicks said. “Anytime you have a guy like that you want to plaster to the receivers and play until the whistle is blown.
“He can throw the ball late and still put it on the money. It is going to be a fun test for us. I think he’ll challenge this group like no other team has.”
It appears as though Fields is the answer to how Wisconsin can “lose the fastest.” We’ll see exactly how they plan to stop him soon enough.