Ohio State is primed to host Wisconsin in what has shaped up to be the biggest game in the Big Ten through the early going of the 2013 season. The Buckeyes will be wearing the same Nike “Rivalry” alternate uniforms they sported in last year’s season finale against Michigan. The night-time game will be broadcast to a nationally televised audience on ABC.
As far as star cornerback Bradley Roby is concerned, all three of the aforementioned factors are going to add up to an utterly electric atmosphere – but playing under the lights means just a little more, and for the best reason ever.
First, Roby, who is going to have to cover the Badgers’ star senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis all night, is pumped for the alternate look, according to Eleven Warriors: “There’s something about wearing a different uniform that makes you play a little better.”
The budding defensive star also understands that every advantage is going to be necessary against the Badgers. Not only does the 2013 team boast a spectacularly elite running game, but the last three Wisconsin squads have all played in the Rose Bowl. The way Roby sees things, however, Bucky is still not the Big Ten king: “We know we’re the kings. We’re not worried about anyone else.”
Finally, Roby is asked about playing at night. The college student gives us probably the most honest (and perfectly “collegiate”) answer we may ever get out of a big-time football player.
“I love night games – everybody’s watching. It’s electrifying. People have all day to get drunk and stuff like that so it’s going to be crazy.”
He is absolutely right. Sconnie Nation will be headed out to Columbus in droves to try to teach OSU students how to Bucky. At the same time, those same OSU students will be partying down on campus all day.
“Electrifying” is the perfect word. Hopefully, the game itself turns out to be just as much fun.