This year’s Big Ten Championship features a rematch between Ohio State and Wisconsin. Prior to kickoff in Indianapolis, FS1 analyst Joel Klatt revealed what he’s seeing from both sides.
Klatt has been part of every major broadcast for FOX Sports this season. He’ll be calling the Ohio State-Wisconsin game alongside Gus Johnson.
Although the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers by double digits in their first meeting, Klatt thinks it’ll be different this time around. The reason he believes the rematch will be far more competitive is because of Wisconsin’s newfound balance on offense.
“I think they’re a bit more balanced, I think last week was evidence of that,” Klatt said during an interview for Wisconsin Football. “They don’t have to have Jonathan Taylor go off for 200 yards in order to be really successful offensively. I think last week was a huge step in that direction. Jack (Coan) threw the ball so well.”
While there’s no denying that Klatt sees improvement from Wisconsin, he did acknowledge that it’ll have to step out of its comfort zone to defeat Ohio State.
“Ohio State is a really good team. I think they’re the best team in America, but that doesn’t mean they’re not beatable. I think Wisconsin is going to have to play a game that is out of their comfort zone to beat Ohio State. Similar to last week, they got to throw the ball on first down to open things up.”
Here’s the full interview featuring Klatt:
We caught up with @JoelKlatt at practice today!
He sees a lot of confidence in this squad and talks about why we're better than the last time we saw OSU and why @JayT23 should be in New York next week. #JT23 || #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/9yEnoNscRy
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 7, 2019
Wisconsin should come out firing on all cylinders tonight, but Ohio State knows that a lot is at stake as well. A win in the Big Ten Championship would most likely lock up the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.
Kickoff for this game is at 8 p.m. ET from Lucas Oil Stadium.