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OSU defense rising; LSU offense sliding

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1. Ohio State's defense/special teams

The Buckeyes pulled away from Wisconsin thanks to another strong effort on defense and special teams. Among the highlights were a pair of interception returns for touchdowns and Ray Small's 96-yard kickoff return to the house. Ohio State's defense has been salty since giving up a game-winning drive to USC, notching 10 takeaways and 12 sacks while surrendering just 21 points in the four games since the loss to the Trojans.