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Stage Set For A Buckeyes-Badgers ‘Classic'

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Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon leads the nation in rushing with 624 yards averaging 156.0 yards per game. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon leads the nation in rushing with 624 yards averaging 156.0 yards per game. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

Wisconsin (349.8 ypg) boasts the third-ranked rushing attack in the country and ranks No. 1 in total rushing yards (1,399).

Gordon leads the nation in rushing with 624 yards averaging 156.0 yards per game.

“(Gordon) is right up there with the best I have ever been around,” Anderson said. “What has made him so dynamic and special is that he has developed some patience in between the tackles. He has tremendous speed and his God-given ability is unbelievable. I think he has turned into a speed back, a power back, and a patient back, which is a tremendous combination.”

Gordon is complimented by senior James White in the Badgers backfield. White is the No. 10-ranked rusher in the country with 442 yards on 62 attempts with three touchdowns.

The Ohio State defense has its work cut out this week. The Buckeyes will have junior Michael Bennett (stinger) back on the defensive line and sophomore Adolphus Washington (groin) is probable. LBs Ryan Shazier, Joshua Perry, and Curtis Grant will have to be on point.

“I haven’t seen the whole country but I can’t imagine two better backs on the same team,” Meyer said. “Wisconsin has earned what they have earned. They have tremendous stats and they have earned it.”

Not to be overlooked, Ohio State ranks No. 3 in the country in rushing (311.0 ypg) and No. 6 in total yards (1,244) behind a bevy of backs, including senior Jordan Hall (422 yards, 8 TDs) and true freshmen Ezekiel Elliot (200 yards, 2 TDs) and Dontre Wilson (121 yards, 1 TD). Senior Hyde returned last week after a three-game suspension and Guiton has been a threat on the ground, as well, with 121 yards rushing and a score.

“I am very pleased with our running backs right now,” Meyer said. “I think this is going to be a good test against a very good run defense. This is as comfortable as I have been with a running back group in many, many years.”