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Badgers hope to slow down Buckeyes in Big Ten Championship

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INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- The Badgers have lost their last three trips at the Big Ten Championship - two of those losses coming to Ohio State.

To end that trend, the team will need to find a way to slow down two of the best players in the conference. The Buckeyes' offense posted 38 points against UW in October with the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Justin Fields, accounting for three touchdowns. JK Dobbins added 163 yards and two scores.

"The first game wasn't pretty for us," said Wisconsin junior safety Eric Burrell, earlier this week. "But I think we'll have some better answers so I'm excited for this weekend."

On the offensive side, the Badgers have to find a way to block defensive end Chase Young. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year notched four sacks (and forced two fumbles) last meeting.

"I'm sure I'll get chipped, doubled, tripled when they bring a guard in, but I'm prepared for that," said Young, earlier this week.

The Buckeyes dominated in October and have won seven straight against Wisconsin. Still, anything can happen when a trophy is on the line.

"It's a championship game," said senior linebacker Chris Orr. "It means more."

"Going in to November we talked about championship football," said junior running back Jonathan Taylor - the Big Ten Running Back of the Year. "Games you remember are in November. So you want to be playing your best ball at this time. I feel like we're hitting on a lot of cylinders."

Fields has been limited in recent weeks, but Ohio State head coach Ryan Day says Fields will play in this game and the offense will not be limited.

Wisconsin, however, announced on Friday that senior wide receiver A.J. Taylor will miss the rest of the season with a right leg injury.

Amy Gill

Sports Anchor/Reporter, 27 News.

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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