- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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We miss football already. So let's get a little nostalgic. We're counting down the top 10 individual performances of 2013 season.
The list takes into account the difficulty of opponent and stakes of the game and tries to identify record-breaking, honor-winning, jaw-dropping games from league players. Players are limited to one entry on this list for variety's sake.
Up next is a big-time performance in a losing cause ...
No. 9: Abby burns Roby
Who and against whom: Wisconsin senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis put on a show against Ohio State All-America cornerback Bradley Roby, though it wasn't enough as the Badgers lost 31-24 in Columbus.
The numbers: Abbrederis had 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown, including a 64-yard grab.
A closer look: Ohio State figured it could load up to stop the Wisconsin running game and use Roby in single coverage against the Badgers' lone deep receiving threat. The Buckeyes were half right. Wisconsin rushed for a season-low 104 yards as a team and had to go to the air at the Horseshoe, but Abbrederis showed a national TV audience just how good he is by continually beating Roby and getting open.
For a long while, Abbrederis was the Badgers offense. But he couldn't do it all, and the Buckeyes managed to slow him down when it counted to hold on for the key Leaders Division victory. Still, Abbrederis made many fans that night, including Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
"He’s got my vote for All-Big Ten,” Meyer said after the game. “He did an incredible job.”
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22hMitch Sherman and Josh Moyer
5dDan Murphy and Mitch Sherman