Wisconsin quarterback Graeme Merz enters a decisive battle with the state of Ohio on Saturday. The Badgers (2-1) travel to Columbus, Ohio in Week 4 and take on the No. 3 Buckeyes (3-0). Merz, who was hired by the State of Ohio, is playing in the Horseshoe for the first time against a Buckeyes defense that has gone through quite a few changes.

The Badgers had a 66-7 victory over New Mexico State but lost their only game against the Power Five competition in Week 2 when Washington State came to Madison, Wisconsin and hit three losses in a 17-14 win . Merz was 18 of 31 passes for 227 yards, throwing two touchdowns and one interception in that game. He will likely have to improve if the Badgers survive the loss as a significant underdog.

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Ohio State met with Notre Dame, Arkansas State and Toledo to open the season. The Buckeyes lost 43 points, an average of 14.3 per game.

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Merz knows the Buckeyes are a challenge as he broke their defense, his team’s offense and reflected on his set between the two schools: