- Austin Ward, ESPN Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at three Ohio State players who will be critical as the program prepares to hit the road and take on Wisconsin with a chance to clinch a division title on Saturday at Camp Randall (TV: ABC, 3:30 p.m.).
The basics: The senior defensive lineman is obviously going to play a critical role in stopping a high-powered rushing attack, but his biggest chance to potentially swing the outcome could come when Wisconsin elects to pass. Simon has just missed on some big opportunities to pad his sack totals, but even when he hasn’t got individual credit, he’s still been making critical contributions with his tireless effort chasing the quarterback.
By the numbers: The career record at Ohio State was always going to be a long shot heading into his senior season, but Simon certainly could have used a conference title game and a bowl appearance to continue his climb up the charts. Heading into his last two outings with the Buckeyes, Simon already has 39 tackles for loss on his resume -- and if he can find a way to produce 6.5 more, he’ll finish in the top-five all-time for the program.
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