Big Ten Network analyst Dave Revsine dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Friday to discuss numerous news and notes from around the league, including this weekend’s marquee matchup: No. 2 Ohio State (5-0) at No. 8 Wisconsin (4-1).
“I think it’s a really interesting game,” Revsine said. “I’ve seen both of these teams. We saw Wisconsin when they beat Michigan State and that was kind of the coming out party for Alex Hornibrook and thought, ‘Wow, they’ve solved their quarterback problem not just for this year, but for four years going forward.’ But maybe (Michigan State isn’t all that good). They looked really ordinary offensively against Michigan. Michigan’s got a very good D, but I think it showed some holes in Wisconsin. I’m just not sure they can score enough to beat Ohio State. Offense has been a struggle, Hornibrook has made some bad decisions, they can’t run the ball really at all, which is very uncharacteristic of Wisconsin. Their defense is fabulous. I mean, it is really, really good. I’m just not sure they score enough points to beat the Bucks. Now you got the night game, you got Camp Randall, it is going to be rocking and rolling – it’s not out of the question Wisconsin could win this game, but their path to winning it is Ohio State playing poorly. That’s really what it comes down to. Ohio State didn’t play so well last week, and with a young, hungry team, I don’t see them playing poorly two weeks in a row.”
Kickoff is at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, the jury is still out on No. 10 Nebraska (5-0). The Huskers are undefeated, but they were challenged two weeks ago against Illinois before ultimately winning 31-16.
“It made me wonder a little bit about Nebraska,” Revsine said. “ If you’re hanging your hat on a win over Oregon, Oregon just had 70 points hung on them by Washington. So I’m not convinced that Nebraska is one of the 10 best teams in the country. I would love for them to be. It would be great for our league if they are.”
Nebraska plays Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
“I think this is a tough game,” Revsine said. “We saw Indiana against Ohio state last week. Indiana’s defense (is better). Indiana has gone 14 straight years without allowing less than 28 points per game. It’s the longest streak in the country. They’ve been terrible defensively for years. They go out and hire Tom Allen, and he’s totally turned around this D. Indiana’s defense is good enough. They don’t have to be great. They just have to be not horrific, and that’s where they are now. They’re not quite as good offensively as they’ve been in past years. They’re good, not great, but I absolutely think they can beat Nebraska here tomorrow. I think this is a toss-up game.”
Rutgers (2-4), meanwhile, will try to beat Illinois (1-4) at home – or at least score some points. The Scarlet Knights lost to Ohio State and Michigan in each of the last two weeks by a combined 136-0.
Why is Rutgers even in the Big Ten?
“I would just say this is a long-term play,” Revsine said. “Two years ago, they beat Michigan – so it’s not like they’re completely incapable of playing decent football. They had a stretch where I think they made nine bowl games in 10 years. Look, they’re in a really bad spot right now. The last two weeks have been embarrassing, but I think you have to look at this as let’s see where they are five years from now.”