On Friday, Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst met with the media to talk about the biggest game of the Badgers’ season, taking place on Saturday.
The Big Ten Championship Game will be between No. 4-ranked Wisconsin and No. 8-ranked Ohio State. The two teams haven’t played each other this season, but did last season in Madison, Wis. and the Buckeyes won, 30-23.
This year’s Big Ten Championship Game is set to take place at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 2 in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be televised on FOX.
Here are some of Chryst’s answers to the questions he was asked:
On preparing for potentially facing two Ohio State quarterbacks:
“We’ve planned all week — we know we’re going to get Ohio State’s best. And certainly J.T. Barrett’s an unbelievable quarterback. And it’s pretty neat what he’s done throughout his whole career and certainly what he’s done this year.
“And he’s an important part of it. But you’re preparing for their whole team. And certainly our defense is preparing for their whole offense. And they’re going to have a quarterback. And we’ve got to be able to defend it.”
On having a little bit of film on Dwayne Haskins:
“I think probably the right answer is in how you asked it. It can be beneficial. And if you don’t — certainly you want to get an idea of what you may see. But it’s one piece of it. And I think you’ve got to make sure that our group focuses on the whole picture.
“And anytime you’ve got some film you’ve got an idea. But there’s probably more to it than what you see. And so you have to be careful, I think, of trying to make such a big judgment — this is what we’re going to do, or this is what they did. You know what? It’s a really good team and it’s a really good offense, and we’ve got to be able to defend the whole thing.”
On staying calm in big situations:
“I think the last part, it’s important for you to be yourself. And the game of football is for the players. It’s never been about myself. And it’s — your job is how can you help them maximize the opportunity they have and coach them?
“And I’ve been fortunate throughout my career being with other coaches that I’ve been able to see success and be themselves and have been able to work for coaches that allow you to be yourself and want — more than anything you want your players to be themselves. That’s really what’s cool about what we get to do is it’s 110, 115 different people and coming together and being one team.
“And so, but what makes that team fun is all the different personalities, all the different styles, all the different backgrounds. Everyone’s got their own story. I think it’s just — you know, it’s important to be who you are.”
On freshman RB Johnathan Taylor potentially getting caught up in the big stage:
“I’ve loved the way that Jonathan has gone about this whole season. And a lot of people would argue that every game he plays is a big game.
“And certainly this one we’re playing for the Big Ten Championship. And that’s all part of — he’s not done that. So it’s a new experience for him. I’ve loved the way that he’s approached every new experience that he’s gone through this year. And he doesn’t have to go through it alone either.
“I think our players do a great job of helping each other, passing along information, helping guys, particularly younger players, navigate whatever waters it is, whether it’s on campus, this class, whether it’s in-season workouts, whether it’s how you film study, whether it’s what are the best places to go eat.
“I think our guys really do a good job of taking the younger ones and helping pass along information that eventually the person has to own. And I’ve really been impressed — that’s one thing I think I’ve been most impressed with J.T. this year is how he’s been able to be in that moment and appreciate it and enjoy it but keep working. And so I know he’s excited.”
Chryst’s full transcript can be read here.
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