First quarter update: Ohio State 7, Wisconsin 0

October, 4, 2008
10/04/08
9:06
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

MADISON, Wis. -- Ohio State might be the most hated team in America, but there's a lot to like about the new-look offense featuring Terrelle Pryor and Chris "Beanie" Wells.

The Buckeyes have mixed up their formations, going from the I-formation to the shotgun spread to the pistol. They scored their lone touchdown in the pistol, with Wells lined up next to Pryor and Dan Herron as the deep back. An Ohio State beat writer told me that while the team has used the pistol before, this marked the first time Wells has lined up next to Pryor. It worked on a 33-yard touchdown run, as Wells pushed aside Shane Carter on his way to the end zone.

Wisconsin is staying close thanks to its defense, which has forced Pryor into some tough situations. Cornerback Allen Langford made a great athletic play to intercept a deep ball to Brandon Saine, and a blitz brought down Pryor for a huge loss. Though the Badgers are having trouble bringing down Pryor on first contact, they're swarming nicely.

Wisconsin's offense hasn't done much (55 total yards). H-back/tight end Travis Beckum is playing but has yet to make an impact. After a third-down overthrow, quarterback Allan Evridge and Beckum were talking about a possible mix-up. Evridge seems out of sync (2-for-5 passing).

It has been a bit weird without a marching band here. Wisconsin students were allowed into the seats usually occupied by the band just before kickoff, and they've been pumping in music like a NFL game.

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