Coming off consecutive weeks with stunning top-10 upsets, college football fans should be enthusiastic about the action happening in Week 9.
It begins on Saturday morning with No. 13 Wisconsin cleaning its wounds after a loss to Illinois and with its focus now set on taking down No. 3 Ohio State. If that huge clash weren’t enough, it will be followed by an SEC battle when No. 9 Auburn takes on No. 2 LSU at Tiger Stadium.
While those are the headliners of Saturday’s action, this weekend will offer plenty of compelling matchups for fans to enjoy. Now let’s take a look at the burning questions that will capture Week 9’s most prominent college football games.
Can Wisconsin’s defense rebound against Buckeyes’ offense?
Wisconsin’s defense took the field in Week 8 with a sterling reputation, and everyone was excited for its matchup against Ohio State’s high-powered offense. The luster is gone after the Badgers allowed 315 yards to the Fighting Illini. Now Wisconsin faces a far superior opponent.
Ohio State will establish the run early. After seeing Illinois rush for 141 yards against the Badgers, the Buckeyes will unleash J.K. Dobbins from the jump on Saturday. Wisconsin must find a way to stop the explosive plays and limit Fields’ rocket arm and rare athleticism. If the Badgers’ defense doesn’t execute, Ohio State will roll in Week 9.
Will Bo Nix make enough plays to keep up with LSU’s offense
Auburn’s defense will try and do everything in its power to keep Saturday’s game close early. Even if it can create some early pressure, none of it will matter if Nix doesn’t have the game of his life.