MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It's tough enough for a defense to have to prepare for Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Braxton Miller.
But Kenny Guiton, too?
No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) is up for the challenge. Whoever the quarterback is for Ohio State, it's not going to change how the Badgers' defense prepares for the Buckeyes this weekend at the Horseshoe.
"No, both good players," coach Gary Andersen said. "Doesn't change our approach whatsoever with whichever quarterback is playing."
Miller is recovering from a sprained medial-collateral ligament in his left knee that's forced him to miss most of the previous three games. He's expected to be available for Saturday night's game.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes haven't missed a beat with Guiton, who has completed 67 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and just one interception.
"I don't think it matters whoever is in there," Andersen said. "It's still a tough offense regardless."
The Badgers' defense isn't too shabby, either.
Wisconsin held Purdue last week to 180 total yards, and just 76 yards rushing per game overall. The veteran front seven played its best game of the year, and Wisconsin had four sacks after getting just one over its first three games.
There's a big asterisk, though, to the statistics. The Badgers were dented for 352 yards receiving on 29 catches in their only loss of the season, a 32-30 defeat in Week 3 to high-octane Arizona State.
Still, Wisconsin did just enough to hang in there to get a chance to win in the end. And the steady Badgers have beaten up on opponents they're supposed to overwhelm, showing no signs of letdown.
"I think we've been Steady Eddie in games. We've been through emotional moments. We've been through tightly-contested games," Andersen said. "I ask them every week, stay steady, stay right in the middle ... React to adversity and react to the good all in the same. It's a business-like approach to a football game."
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