If it weren't for the guys wearing the number 2 jerseys on Saturday, Wisconsin might have had a chance against Ohio State. J.K. Dobbins, who ran through the Wisconsin defense for 163 yards and Chase Young who ran over Badger quarterback Jack Cohn, with four sacks and two forced fumbles, were named the Big Ten's offensive and defensive players of the week. Dobbins entered the game 10 yards behind Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor for the Big Ten lead in rushing. He ended the day 101 yards ahead of Taylor, who was held to 52 yards by Young and the Ohio State defense. Dobbins, with 1,110 yards on the season, is second in the nation in rushing, trailing only Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard (1,381) and he also become the first Buckeye in history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons at OSU.
Young is poised to shatter Ohio State's single season record for sacks. He has 13.5 on the season, just a half-sack fewer than Vernon Gohlston's school record of 14 set in 2007. His four sack performance tied a school record and Young joined Mike Vrabel as the only Buckeyes in school history to record 10 or more sacks in consecutive seasons. Young currently leads the nation in sacks and is four ahead of second place. He is also second nationally in forced fumbles with five. His performance was the talk of college football Saturday and has Young in legitimate Heisman Trophy conversations. The Athletic, in fact, did a straw poll of 50 Heisman voters and Young finished second behind only LSU quarterback and former Buckeye Joe Burrow. Dobbins finished sixth in that poll, one spot behind Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields.
Buckeye Nation enjoyed it Saturday, but to review, here's a look at the performances by Dobbins and Young that earned them this week's Big Ten recognition.